Precautions during washing
- Water used for washing should be soft. If water is hard, add a pinch of Borax or ammonia to soften it.
- A good neutral soap either in the form of flakes or powder may be used. However pH-neutral detergents are recommended.
- Cleaning may be done in Luke warm soap solutions by kneading & squeezing or suction washing.
- Silk fabrics may be rinsed in Luke warm water 2 or 3 times to remove soap and the released dirt.
- Finally a few drops of citric acid or acetic acid may be added to the last rinse in cold water.
- Avoid mechanical handling of silk fabrics under wet condition, handle silk gently during washing.
- Silk after washing may be squeezed lightly by hand, (DO NOT WRING) to remove the excess water.
- Silk fabric may be dried uniformly under shade.
- Drying under flat condition or horizontal spread for drying of sarees/fabrics is ideal for silk.
- Direct exposure to sunlight weakens silk and changes its colour.
- Avoid higher temperatures for washing silk, temperature not to exceed 60°C.
Soak in warm water, sponge with a few drops of ammonia in 10 cc of hydrogen peroxide and then launder.
Use a drop of carbon tetrachloride.
Soak in hot water and launder
COFFEE OR TEA
Allow the fabric to dry. Sponge with carbon tetrachloride. If the stain remains, launder in hot water using small quantity of hydrogen peroxide.
Dampen the stain and rub with bar soap. Finally rinse and wash
INK OR LIPSTIC
Place the stain on paper towel face down and sponge with dry cleaning solvent or alcohol. Avoid water until stain is removed. Rinse and launder.
Sponge with acetone.
Sponge with alkali and alcohol in equal proportions and launder.
Apply talcum powder, place the stain face down on paper towel and sponge with dry cleaning solvent and dampen slowly. Rinse and launder.
Rinse in warm water and launder. If stain remains sponge with turpentine and kerosene, rinse and wash or launder.
Soak in cold water then use liquid detergent and wash or launder.