Silk is a luxurious natural fiber that makes beautiful upholstery. Silk furniture is an investment that must be actively maintained! It is important to clean silk furniture with great care and attention to detail.
Caring for Silk Upholstery
- Begin by vacuuming the entire piece of furniture well to remove all loose dirt. Be certain the upholstery attachment for the vacuum is clean before you begin.
- Generally, silk upholstery can be cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of cold water and mild laundry detergent such as Woolite. However, exercise extreme caution and be sure to test a small, inconspicuous area first as many types of dyed silk will discolor easily. Skim the suds off the top of the water onto the cloth, then wring the cloth out well so it’s only damp, not dripping.
- To prevent water stains, dry the silk with a hair dryer on cool air.
- When in doubt, have your silk upholstery cleaned professionally.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Be cautious not to overwet the fabric.
- Do not place your silk upholstery in direct sunlight, or in close vicinity to a heating/air conditioning sources.
- Clean spills promptly, blotting at them with a firm, lifting motion; never rub the stain as this will force it deeper into the fabric.
- Never use a hair dryer on hot air to dry a wet spot or spill on silk upholstery as the heat may cause shrinkage of the fabric.
- Sometimes when cleaning silk upholstery water marks will remain that are nearly impossible to remove. If this occurs, you may want to consider using a dry-cleaning method.
- One site user wrote in (Thanks!) to say that for white silk with water stains, blotting with a mix of witch hazel and peroxide can work to remove them, though it may take a while to work. Do not use the method on colored silk though as it may lighten or remove the dye.