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How to Get Creases out of Silk

Updated July 20, 2017

For 4,000 years, silk has been known as Queen of the Textiles. It is glamorous, elegant and classy. The only problem is that such a delicate fabric is both tricky and risky to care for, and it is easily prone to creases. When attempting to get rid of these wrinkles and creases, one must use precaution to avoid damaging the silk item. Begin with the safest and least-intrusive methods of wrinkle removal and move up in risk-level.

Steaming is a safe option for removing creases from silk. This method naturally steams the silk by hanging it in the bathroom while a hot shower runs. The humidity acts as a natural wrinkle remover.

Use a cloth steamer on more difficult creases. Prepare the steamer as directed on instructions.

Hang the item vertically.

Hold the silk item with one hand and pull it so the selected area is tight. Hold the steamer with the other hand and bring it several inches away from item. Allow the steam to blow over the area for a few seconds.

Repeat step 4 until the creases are removed.

The silk item should be damp to use this method. Do not directly apply water to create dampness, as this may create rings on the cloth.

Place the item on an ironing board inside-out.

Place a cloth protector between the item and the iron. If a cloth protector is not available, a cloth towel is a good substitute.

Turn the setting on the iron to silk. If there is no silk setting, turn to cool.

Move the iron back and forth over the silk material until the crease is removed.

When finished, allow the silk item to dry on the ironing board.

If traditional ironing is ineffective, try pressing the item. However, this is a risky method that may damage the silk. Repeat steps 2 and 3 from the ironing section.

Place the iron setting to hot and use lots of steam.

Hold the iron directly over the problem spot on the item for a few seconds. Repeat until creases are removed.

When finished, turn the item right-side out and press lightly before allowing it to dry on the ironing board.

Tip

To avoid having to get creases out of silk altogether, buy types of silk known to be less prone to wrinkles. According to the blog organicclothing.com, silk crepe de chine, habotai, noil, and charmeuse are all organic and wrinkle-resistant. Additionally, Ahimsa silk or the Peace Silk is also more wrinkle-resilient. If time is no issue, hanging the silk item overnight often gets rid of small wrinkles. Additionally, folding and packing items neatly and with clear folds reduces major wrinkles. If the silk item gets a water-stain in the damping process, dip it in water for 2 to 3 minutes before drying and ironing again.

Warning

Silk is very sensitive to heat. Placing a hot iron directly to a silk item is very likely to ruin the item by either burning or fading it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth protector
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Shower
  • Cloth steamer
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Emily Mathis has been writing since 2005. Her articles have appeared in publications such as "amNewYork," "Prague Daily Monitor," "New Black Magazine," and "Relix." In 2010 she graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and anthropology and a minor in creative writing.