How to Spot Clean Silk Pillows

Silk is a fiber that comes in a variety of textures. It is ideal for a comfortable night's rest when used for pillows but is easy to ruin due to its fragile weave. Your silk pillows don't stand a chance if thrown into the washer, as the washing machine tends to be rough on the pillows even when set to delicate. Spot cleaning is the preferred cleaning method, as it lifts stains using a mild detergent and preserves the life of the pillows.

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  1. Add to 2 tsp. of mild dish-washing liquid to a bowl. Mix in 1 cup of warm water.

  2. Dip a soft, lint-free cleaning cloth into the soapy solution. Dab the stain on the silk pillow with the cloth until the spot is damp but not soaked.

  3. Dampen a new cleaning cloth with warm water. Blot the stain with the cloth until it lifts from the pillow. Wet the cloth with cool water. Blot the stain with the cloth to remove soapy residue.

  4. Blot the wet spot with a dry cleaning cloth. Hang pillows on a clothesline to air-dry.

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