How to fix color fading problems in silk pillowcase

June 22 15:26 2022

If people wonder while it is relatively more expensive than other fabrics, the truth is hidden in its history.

As far back as when China dominated the silk industry, it was regarded as a luxurious material and a delicate fabric.

Only monarchs and wealthy people could afford silk item. It was so invaluable that it was once used as a medium of exchange.

However, the moment the color starts to fade off, it becomes unfit for the luxurious purposes them purchased it to serve.

Although this problem may seem impossible to fix, there are actually quite a few tricks that will keep their silk pillowcase looking.

Read on to learn more about color fading problems in silk pillowcases and silk garments and how to fix them.


Causes of Color fading in silk fabrics or silk garments

This problem happens when the pigments in the silk fabric lose their molecular attraction. In return, the material with minor stains starts losing its brightness. And finally, the color change starts becoming visible.

Have people ever wondered why silk fabric color fades? The most prominent cause is bleaching and washing silk with chemical products.

However, in most cases, fading occurs as a result of continuous exposure of silk fibers to sunlight.

Other causes include – the use of low-quality dyes, incorrect dyeing techniques, the use of hot water for washing, wear, and tear, and so on.

Steps to fix colour faded problems in silk pillowcases

Get it Professionally Cleaned

If their silk pillowcase has color-fading problems, it is probably because it has not been hand wash or machine wash correctly.

To remove stains and other dirt from their silk pillowcase, they can get this delicate fabric professionally cleaned by a dry cleaner or they can do it themselves.

For professional dry cleaning, many dry cleaners will offer silk cleaning services.

If they don’t have their own special cleaning solution for silk clothing, they may use an all-purpose cleaner that will be gentle on their silk but strong enough to remove stains.

They also make use of excess water and cold water to hand wash or machine wash their silk fibers.


Get a Good Detergent

Hand wash or machine wash their silk clothing or linens as soon as possible, but if they must do a load of laundry, use a dry cleaning detergent that is designed to be color-safe.

It is a good idea to use a gentle detergent because if it contains bleach it could cause fading and breaking down of the woven fabric faster.

Avoid using chlorine bleach when to hand wash their silk clothing; oxygenated bleach can often contribute to color loss, especially with dark colors.

If they are doing a load of white cloth which are breathable fabric, use about 1⁄2 cup powdered or liquid chlorine bleach as it won’t harm their silk fibres or natural fibers.

Add a Little Baking Soda and Vinegar

Did people know that baking soda can be used to hand wash just about anything, including silk pillowcases?

Simply add a little baking soda and vinegar to their regular wash cycle and give their pillowcase a good scrubbing with excess water.

The vinegar solution which is a mild detergent will help remove stains while boosting their silk’s luster, too.

To make sure their high quality silk stays looking great, repeat every couple of months or so.

Don’t Add Extra Detergent When Washing their Silk Pillowcases

Adding extra detergent on their delicate fabric will strip silk fibers of their natural oils and cause their silk pillowcases to fade.

This can also ruin their dyes, so don’t use hot water to hand wash their silk items unless they want to end up with a rainbow on their hands.

Instead, opt for cold water while washing silk fibers. People can also add white vinegar gentle detergent or baking soda to help protect fabric while dry cleaning.

Alternatively, there are pre-treaters made specifically for silk clothing that work wonders when they are machine washing their silk garment.


Dry their Silk Pillowcases Gently

Woven fabrics like silk pillowcase can fade and even develop color run issues when hand wash together with other clothes, especially during high-heat washing cycles.

It is best to wash their hand wash or machine wash their silk pillowcase alone or with other items made from similar materials such as their mesh laundry bad using cold water.

After washing, gently squeeze their silk pillowcase and air dry.

Use Ice Water Instead of Hot Water

Using cold water when hand washing their silk pillowcase will help lock in color and add less time to their washing cycle.

To minimize fading, we recommend using a mild detergent which as white vinegar solution.

Another good idea is to hang their silk pillowcase outside after washing, so it can dry naturally—sunlight will help to lock in color while drying.

Avoid Washing And Drying Delicates In The Same Load.

Putting delicates silk sheets with regular laundry can easily cause them to fade.

It can also cause other types of damage. In fact, it us a good idea not to hand wash and dry all their delicates together at all.

If people do have several items that must be washed together, separate them into two loads before sending them through the spin cycle.

Delicates such as silk items are best washed by hand or on a gentle/delicate setting in a basin or sink with cold water.

They are also best air dry or through putting them in an automatic dryer can often cause more harm than good.


Use Sunlight Instead of Heat to Dry

Drying their silk pillowcase under direct sunlight is a wonderful, chemical-free way to restore color quickly.

While sunlight certainly isn’t a replacement for using heat to dry their silk pillowcase, it is an excellent complement.

People can also use sunlight on its own to restore some of the natural luster after washing and drying their silk pillowcase at a higher temperature.

If they’re concerned about fading, they might want to consider hanging it outside once or twice as part of their regular routine.

This works best if people leaves it out overnight so that it dries thoroughly, but sunning during daylight hours will also do wonders if tehy only have time for quick touch-ups during working hours.

Turn Down the Heat

Ifpeople uses an iron to press their silk pillowcase, be sure to turn down their iron’s temperature setting.

High heat can cause color fading, particularly on natural fabrics and mesh laundry bag. If they don’t own an iron, choose a silk garment that doesn’t require pressing and check for wrinkles as soon as possible after wearing instead of waiting until later in the day.

Pressing and air dry helps set creases and creases retain more color so it’s better to deal with them sooner rather than later.

Moreover, take care not to rub or bang their silk while washing or drying; friction will cause color loss too.


Put Them into Storage

If people don’t own a steamer, run their silk pillowcase through a quick spin cycle in their washing machine on delicate. The spinning motion will be similar to what they get from an electric steamer.

Just be sure to check before doing so as some machines might shrink or damage silk items that isn’t meant for them (this can sometimes happen if they’re not careful about choosing which laundry settings to use with certain fabrics).

If all else fails, put it into storage for several months. This is especially effective for silk pillowcase that have been stored for long periods of time and need a little freshening up.

Switch Fabric Softener

Color fading happens when their fabric comes into contact with certain chemicals, typically while they’re out in direct sunlight.

To help prevent fading or their duvet cover, remove silk natural fibre from direct sunlight before they wash or wear it.

Putting it away under wraps (literally) will keep it protected and looking new for longer.

If they don’t have room to store their silk natural fibre inside or if they want to enjoy them outside on a sunny day, put them away once their full of rays so that any dyes that may have bleached out can settle back into place.

That way, they will still be able to enjoy silk pillowcases for many years to come. Their silks should last between one and five years depending on how often they are used and care that is taken of them.

Get them Professionally Repaired if All Else Fails

If they have tried all of these fixes and their silk pillowcase still has color fading issues, then consider going to a tailor or seamstress who can cut out and resew any faded sections.

This is usually inexpensive, but it will require professional skills to get everything looking crisp again.

If they’re not sure if their local tailor or seamstress can do that, do some research online first to find out what their experience level is with color-correcting issues.

Most good tailors or seamstresses should be able to fix most stains that aren’t permanent and will be familiar with how to fix gentle sequence damage like color fading caused by regular laundering routines.


Simple homemade remedies to fix faded silk.

Method one: Add salt and use excess water

Adding salt to excess water during their regular wash is one of the remedies to making their faded silk material look brand new again.

The use of normal household supplies like hydrogen peroxide mixed with equal cold water is not left out, soak the silk items in this solution for some time and then hand wash carefully.

Method two: Soak with vinegar solution

Another way out is to soak with white vinegar solution before washing. It also helps in taking away a faded look.

Method three: Use baking soda and dye

The first two methods are most appropriate if the fabric got faded as a result of stains. But in case they have tried them out and their silk is still dull, they can make use of baking soda and dye.

What they should do before purchasing a silk fabric

Before getting a silk fabric, ask their manufacturer to give them the test report for the colorfastness of the silk fabric.

As a buyer, whether a direct customer or retailer/wholesaler, it is imperative that they know how the silk fabric they’re buying reacts to washing, ironing, and sunlight. Plus, colorfastness reveals the fabrics’ resistance level to sweat.

They may choose to overlook some details of the report if they are a direct customer. However, doing this as a seller could set their  business on a down slip.

Here’s their best bet. Before shipment, make sure what the manufacturer is offering meets their needs or the requirements of their target customers as the case may be. This way, they won’t have to struggle with customer retention. Value is enough to attract loyalty.

But if the test report is not available, they can run some checks themself. Request a part of the fabric they’re buying from the manufacturer and wash it with chlorinated water and seawater.

Afterward, press it with a hot laundry iron. All these would give them an idea of how durable the silk material is.


Don’t throw away their silk pillowcase or sheets just yet. Just because they are stained and faded doesn’t mean they can’t use them for their intended purpose.

In fact, most people would think a silk pillowcase is all about luxury and comfort, but how luxurious is it if they end up with red skin from using it to sleep on every night?

Instead of tossing their silk bedding, clean up those stains with a touch of white vinegar solution or soap, rinse them out well with cold water and hang them up to dry.

Once they are good as new, bring back that natural shine by placing on top of a sun-filled window sill for at least an hour each day.


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