(Closed) DIY washing a SILK wedding dress…need your help Bees!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m in the same situation, I want to know too!!!

Post # 4
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@farmgirlnfarmboy:The washing maching will destroy it. I had a nice silk shirt with no fancy detailing/beading, just stiching and the machine ruined the shirt. Just pay the money. One wedding. It’s worth it.

Otherwise, handwash, very carefully. It will take you a very long time. I have some other silk clothes I wash in the tub, I clean the tub out first, and then rinse the tub several times, so there is no cleaner left in it. Then follow the directions on your special silk cleaning solution, and rub the fabric against itself to scrub (not outside sponges or anything). Find a place you can very carefully lay it flat.

I don’t know how you’ll do that and prevent wrinkles if it is a full dress. You may have to borrow a steam cleaner afterwards.

Post # 5
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

People have been washing silk since long before the chemical dry cleaning process was invented. There is nothing wrong with washing silk.

Now, with that said, most designers are too cheap to pre-wash their fabrics. Why something is usually dry clean only is because the polyester lining will not shrink with the natural fabrics…which wouldn’t shrink if they were pre washed. 

With beading, DO NOT put it in the washing machine!!!! The silk will be fine, the beading will take a beating. Also, do not use the dryer, the heat will do damage. You HAVE to hand wash. But HOW depends on what kind of silk is it. Satin, charmuse, dupioni, hammerd, failie, tulle?

Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

Wondering what ever happened with this? I just bought a sample gown too and it needs to be cleaned.  Mine is silk and I am curious what you ended up doing?


Post # 8
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@farmgirlnfarmboy:  seriously?! $8 and your dress didn’t suffer at all?!  My dress is pretty thick ((Duchess silk)) and has crystal buttons that I’m sure would scratch the other silk parts but you say woolite worked well?  Is there a reason you went with that brand?

I don’t mind getting a garment steamer (should have one anyway! haha) but MAN I want to avoid the cost/anxiety of having it cleaned by “the professionals”


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