How To Wash Silk Scarves at Home - The Royal Guide

How To Wash Silk Scarves at Home - The Royal Guide

Embracing Royalty:
A Guide to Pampering Your Dead Queens Silk Print Scarf

Hello Queens!

We know you're all about embracing the regal and luxurious vibes that come with your Dead Queens Silk Scarves. These silk garments are statements, whispers of history, and sheer elegance - silk is a luxurious fabric. And, we get it – you want to keep your silk items looking as fabulous as the day you opened your package.

Hojo Masako Samurai Silk Square Scarf in gallery - Dead Queens

I have washed just about everything in my life. I was also a Sales Agent for a popular New York Boutique Laundry Detergent Company that I also sold in my bricks and mortar shops for years as well as used myself, and still do. I have the experience and have tested a lot of different fabrics. If you must, you can take your silk scarves to a dry cleaner, hopefully one your trust, but I believe your silk scarves will last longer if you do not use the dry cleaning method. The good news is you absolutely can wash your silk scarves yourself.

So, let's dive into the royal treatment your Dead Queens Silk Scarf deserves with our step-by-step guide on how to wash and take proper care for it right in the comfort of your castle.

Know Thy Silk:

Before we embark on this journey, it's essential to recognize that not all silks are created equal. Your Dead Queens Silk Scarf is a delicate creature, and understanding its fabric is crucial. Dead Queens scarves are crafted from the finest Silk Charmeuse – a luxurious and glossy silk fabric known for its smooth touch and beautiful drape. For our Italian-crafted scarves, made from 95% Modal and 5% Silk, the care routine is a slightly different. Always check the item's care label for any specific care instructions unique to your Dead Queens piece.

The Royal Pre-Soak:

Start your silk spa day with a gentle pre-soak. Handwashing is the best way is to fill a basin with cold water, definitely not hot water, and add a small amount of mild silk detergent detergent. This is not the time for harsh chemicals; silk deserves the royal treatment. For Silk Charmeuse, gently swish the water around, and for Modal-Silk blends, follow the same steps with a bit more care for the modal fabric. Modal is strong yet a delicate fabric. 

Handwashing a silk scarf in a delicate soap - Dead Queens


A Gentle Massage:

Now, the fun part – time for a royal massage. Submerge your Dead Queens Silk Square Scarf into the soapy goodness. Gently massage the fabric, paying extra attention to any spots or stains. You can even just do a spot treatment if you've dripped some coffee or royal wine on your scarf without washing the whole scarf. Remember, silk is a delicate fiber, and Modal requires a gentle touch as well. Treat them both with the care you'd give to a queen's jewels.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse:

Once your silk scarf is feeling thoroughly pampered, it's time to bid adieu to the soapy kingdom. Rinse it under cool, running water until all the detergent is washed away. Be patient; silk and Modal are sensitive, and a thorough rinse ensures their longevity and luster.

Towel Wrap:

Your Dead Queens Silk Square Scarf is accustomed to the finer things in life, and air-drying is its preferred method. Lay your delicate silk scarf on a clean dry towel and gently roll it up to absorb excess water. Avoid wringing or twisting – both silk and Modal deserve to be treated like royalty if you want to keep your scarves in pristine condition. 

White Towels to roll your silk scarf in to take out excess water 

The Delicate Cycle Dance:

For those queens with a busy schedule and that prefer machine washing, fear not – the delicate cycle or gentle cycle in your washing machine can be a trustworthy ally. Place your silk scarf in a mesh laundry bag to protect it from the rough world inside the machine. Use a mild detergent and opt for the delicate cycle with cold water. Once the cycle ends, follow the steps for a gentle massage and rinse as outlined earlier.

Laundry machine

The Airy Throne:

The next step is ti find a comfortable spot, perhaps with a gentle breeze, and let your silk scarf air-dry on a flat surface or lay flat on top of a drying rack. Avoid direct sunlight, as silk and Modal can be a bit finicky and might not appreciate the harsh rays. Patience is key; your Dead Queens Silk Scarf will thank you for the royal treatment.

Scarves laid flat on drying rack

Steam Elegance:

Once your scarf is dry, if a few wrinkles have dared to appear, fear not. Bring out your steamer and set on the lowest heat setting and let the magic happen. Gently steam your Dead Queens Silk Scarf to smooth out any creases and restore it to its regal glory. 

Steamer for steaming clothes and scarves

Silk Press Mastery:

The finishing touch for your regal Dead Queens Silk Square Scarf – the art of ironing. Delicate as silk may be, fear not, for a careful ironing session can rejuvenate its royal elegance. 

If you do not like to steam or do not own a steamer you can use an iron with the following directions. Ensure you're wielding the iron with the finesse befitting a queen, setting your iron to a low setting – ideally between 225°F to 250°F (107°C to 121°C) – is key. Place a clean, white cotton towel or cloth over your silk scarf to act as a protective barrier, then gently press the iron over the cloth. This method helps avoid direct contact between the silk and the iron, preventing any potential mishaps. So, embrace the power of the iron, and let your Dead Queens Silk Square Scarf shine with unwavering grace and sophistication.

Steam iron

Storage Fit for a Queen:

Once your beautiful silk masterpiece is dry and steamed, or pressed to perfection, store your scarf in a place fit for a queen. For best results and longevity avoid hanging it, as silk can stretch. Instead, fold it delicately and place it in a drawer or on a shelf or better yet, keep your scarf in the special Dead Queens Wax Stamped Box. A side of caution, do not store silk scarves in a bagas plastic locks in moisture. Your Dead Queens Silk Square Scarf deserves a throne of its own.

Modal Silk Scarf folded in black magnetic gift box for storage

 Above: The Queen Elizabeth II Floral Stamp Modal/Silk Scarf stored in our Signature Wax Stamped Gift Box

So there you have it, dear Dead Queens – a comprehensive guide to keeping your Silk Charmeuse and Modal-Silk blend Scarf in peak royal condition. With a little love, attention your scarves will continue to be regal accessories, ready to accompany you on your adventures and make you feel like the queen you are. Treat your silk and modal right, and they will reward you with the elegance and grace befitting a Queen.

Royally yours,


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