Top Tips To Care For Silk Sarees

Top Tips To Care For Silk Sarees

A graceful drape can immensely enhance the overall look and feel of a saree. To retain the glory of silk sarees, a great deal of meticulousness is required at every stage. With proper handling and care, silk can be well-maintained for years and can be passed on to the coming generations. Here are a few tips on increasing the longevity of silk sarees.


  • Always dry clean for the first wash as the fluids used to remove stains contain little to no water and thus, do not penetrate into the fabric.
  • For subsequent washes, wash by hand or on the "delicate mode" in cold water only with a gentle detergent. You can also use a baby shampoo or a protein shampoo. The shampoo protein will nourish the silk.

Note: Do not use soap for the first three washes. Always use a mild detergent to clean silk.

  • Avoid washing silk sarees with other bright colour fabrics that are likely to leave their hue.
  • Strictly avoid any usage of chemicals during washes as it can cause serious damage to the saree and reduce the lifespan of silk.



    • Immediately wash off the stain with cold running water.
    • For tougher stains, soak the stained area in petrol and gently rub with a soft cloth.
    • Stained silk must be dry cleaned as soon as possible.
    • Nail polish stains: can be removed with acetone.
    • Lipstick stains: can be dealt with using dry cleaning fluids followed by water.
    • Food stains: can be cleaned with dry cleaning solvents followed by waster. Next, use hot water to clean further.


      • Do not hang dry silk or wring silk dry, as the saree can lose its shape and newness.
      • Do not put silk in the dryer. Instead, let it dry naturally.
      • Use moisture absorbents in the storage area.
      • Store silk sarees in a muslin cloth.
      • Do not bundle up silk sarees as it may lead to damage to the fabric and can tear the zari.
      • It is best to store silk sarees in a hanging position to avoid friction between the fabrics.
      • Periodically expose silk sarees to natural atmosphere (not direct sunlight).
      • Iron on 'silk' setting only. Preferably, press the silk saree while it is still damp.
      • Do not spray perfume on a zari silk saree.

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