Frequently Asked Questions about Silk and
information comes from things I have researched or been told by other
for Satin Sheets
Satin sheets require more care than regular cotton sheets,
particularly when it comes to washing.
care: Satin made of silk and nylon should be shielded from the
sun, so if you have a bright sunny room, go for acetate or
polyester satin. However, if you intend to use massage
oil, nylon may be your best bet because polyester doesn't hold
up as well.
Washing and drying
your sheets demands depend on the material:
(Note: It's best to just dry-clean satin bedspreads and satin
comforters. They are impossible to hand-wash, and bunch up
too much in a washer)
Most woven acetate sheets should be dry-cleaned only,
although you can usually hand-wash with an appropriate
cleaner like Woolite in room temperature water.
Heat is the enemy of acetate - do not use a dryer,
even on delicate. Be careful when hand-wringing
out water, never twist too hard as the material can
tear or pull apart.
Polyester is pretty much the most durable
Similar care to nylon, but safe to line dry.
Again, to avoid pilling, hand-wash when possible.
Nylon is fairly durable, and is generally machine
washable, even in a normal cycle. Use warm or
cool water only, and go light on detergent.
Never use bleach. Safe to use the dryer on
lowest heat setting. Do not line dry nylon
sheets, because the sun is
nylon's enemy. Over a long time washing and
drying nylon satin leads to pilling, so you may want to consider
hand-washing your sheets in the bathtub if you
Treat pretty much the same as acetate, but be careful about
line-drying as silk is more sensitive to sun-damage.
Also, because silk is usually very thin, be especially
careful when wringing out.
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