THE QUESTION THAT WE GET ASKED THE MOST IS-
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR MY SILK PILLOWCASE?
Machine or hand wash? – Contrary to popular belief, silk is actually machine washable. Yes, you need to wash it carefully, but silk actually does very well in a machine.I have had the same silk pillowcases on my bed for over nine months now and they still look just as good. I always recommend that you place your silk pillowcases in a soft mesh laundry wash bag for protection. Use a small amount of a mild, detergent and wash on a cold and gentle cycle.
Tumble dryer? – Never, ever put your pillowcase in the tumble drier The heat will remove all the sheen. Silk dries naturally very fast so simply hang it up to dry in a cool place.I either hang mine to dry over a rounded clothes hangar, a laundry rack, or I lay them flat. Avoid direct sunlight.
Bleach?-NEVER, EVER use bleach! It turns the silk yellow!
Ironing – Silk irons beautifully with a very cool iron. It is best to iron silk while its still a little damp and if it has already dried then simply add a little moisture to it. Be sure to use a low setting without steam and iron on the reverse side whenever you can. I never iron my pillowcases. Once dry, they go back on my bed and we smooth them down. They still look fabulous!
Again, contrary to popular belief, silk is actually quite easy to care for. In summary, just remember the golden rules, wash in cold water on a delicate cycle ( preferably in a mesh laundry bag) and hang to dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight!
The better you care for your silk pillowcase, the better it will care for you!
AND THE SECOND MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION IS -
SHOULD I SLEEP ON SILK OR SATIN
And that’s a personal choice. Satin is also slippery and soft and will provide the same slip that protects your hair and stops sleep lines from forming. HOWEVER, satin is a synthetic fabric. Its not a natural fabric like silk so it does not provide any of the other benefits that silk provides. (REFER to BENEFITS OF SLEEPING ON SILK)
AND FINALLY, WE GET ASKED THIS QUESTION ALL THE TIME-
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY SILK PILLOWCASES:
When looking for the perfect silk pillow cases, there are a few points to guide you. Remember, there are various grades and quality of silk. Be sure to choose something that feels good to you. Lots of fabrics are sold as ‘silk’ but they are synthetic silk, or poly silk. Its usually pretty easy to tell which is real silk and which is not. The ultimate test is the burn test. Real silk will burn but will stop burning as soon as the flame is removed. Synthetic silk will melt and keep on burning when the flame is removed. As a guide, here are a few things to look for in a selecting your silk pillowcase.
Mulberry silk - High quality silk is often referred to as silk charmeuse. However, the word ‘charmeuse’ refers to the weaving method that is used to make the mulberry silk as opposed to the type of silk. The resultant silk has a smooth silky front with a crepe-like back and is a luxuriously silky product. Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk you can purchase. It is made from silkworms that are raised in captivity under exacting conditions. It is also the most expensive type of silk. What makes it so expensive and why is it superior to other types of silk? Mulberry silk is made by a process the Chinese developed thousands of years ago and have perfected, making them the world’s experts in producing the finest silk. Mulberry silk is made from the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth. The moth has one job to do and that is to lay eggs. After it lays about 500 eggs, its job is finished and it dies. The tiny pinpoint size eggs are kept at 65 degrees Fahrenheit with the temperature slowly and carefully raised to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to hatch the eggs. The tiny silkworms that are born are then fed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (mulberry leaves are the only food the Bombyx mori moth will eat). After about a month of the constant gorging on the mulberry leaves, the silkworms will have increased their weight about 10,000 times and will have built up enough energy to start spinning their cocoon. It takes anywhere from three to as long as eight days for the silkworm to weave the cocoon. The cocoons are then kept in a warm place for several days. Great care is taken to ensure the silkworms do not hatch into moths because that would damage the cocoon and break the silk filament it has woven. To harvest the silk from the cocoons, they are place in water to soften the filament. The softened filament is then unwound from the cocoon. One filament can be up to 1,600 yards long. It takes 4-8 of the silk filaments woven together to create one mulberry silk thread.The silkworms may have a short life with their only purpose to be providing silk, but those short lives are pampered ones. In addition to the constant fresh supply of mulberry leaves available to them, their environment is strictly controlled to prevent them from being subjected to loud noises and strong odors such as those from fish and the human odor of sweat.
The resulting mulberry silk thread is the strongest natural fiber in the world, making it incredibly durable. A silk fiber the same diameter as a fiber of steel is stronger than the steel. The mulberry silk thread is also rounder, finer, smoother, and a lighter more uniform color than silk harvested from the wild where those silkworms have to eat whatever leaves and plants that are available to them.
Momme - Momme is the unit used when describing the weight of silk thread. For bedding, the perfect momme is somewhere between 16 and 20, with 19 being the ultimate weight.If silk is much less than 16 mommes it may not last as long.
And finally, how do they feel - .I have ordered many different pillowcases to try. Some were advertised as 100% silk, but they were definitely not. I could feel the inferior quality immediately. Touch it and feel it. If it feels right,and if it feels luxurious and silky soft, then you will probably love it.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY:
If you are not 100% satisfied with your silk pillowcase, please return it to us for a full refund, less shipping charges.Please be sure to was the pillowcases according to our wash care instructions. We are sure that you will love your silk pillowcases as much as we do!