Silk and rayon fabrics are widely used in both men’s and women’s apparel. In today’s markets, these fabrics can be seen in high-end designer wear as well as casual wear. Silk and rayon are popular fabrics because they accept dyes well, from the deepest black to the most subtle pastel. Both fabrics have a pleasing natural sheen and they “breath”, making them comfortable to wear all day and all night long.
Follow the tips below to make sure your silk and rayon items retain their luster and fit for the longest time possible:
Have all parts of an outfit cleaned at the same time to maintain a uniform appearance.
Never use bleach-it permanently damages silk.
Use caution with household products. Alkaline products such as soaps, cleaning agents or even toothpaste can cause color loss or color change on silk. In case of accidental contact, talk to your dry cleaner as soon as possible to see about possible color restoration.
Perspiration can also cause color loss or yellowing in the underarm area on silk fabrics so have your item washed or dry cleaned promptly after wearing.
Silk and rayon dyes can be sensitive to alcohol. Allow perfume, deodorant and hairspray to dry before dressing. Remove spills from alcoholic beverages quickly.
Blot spills out with clear water. Don’t rub, that can cause color loss.
Store your garments in closets away from light sources. Most colors used on silk and rayon fabrics will eventually fade from such exposure. Natural light and electric lights are equal color killers.
Enjoy your favorite brilliant blouse or most colorful tie!