Care Guide: How to Wash Silk Bedding

Care Guide: How to Wash Silk Bedding

Our new line of 100% silk bedding is available across all of our authentic Japanese bedding products. Choose from 4 exquisite colorways of this lustrous silk fabric to outfit your shikibuton, kakebuton, or Japanese pillows. Experience the traditional comfort of Japanese bedding, intertwined with the luxurious comfort of all-natural silk when you sleep in your futon, snugly enveloped in these premium fabrics.

Visit our blog to learn more about the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase: 4 Silk Pillowcase Benefits for Health & Beauty.

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Why Does Silk Require Special Care?

Silk is a naturally delicate and fragile fiber, so it is important to take proper and diligent care of silk items in order to prevent damage. A genuine silk item cannot be simply machine washed and tumble dried like a typical cotton item could. Hot water washing or drying can cause genuine silk to fade, ripple, shrink, and discolor - permanently ruining the integrity of the piece.

How to Care for your Silk Bedding

Like all J-Life pillowcases, shikifuton covers, and kakefuton covers, our Japanese silk bedding can easily be removed for cleaning. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions to keep your Japanese silk bedding in pristine condition.

  1. To begin washing your silk bedding, start by separating it from the bedding item (pillow, duvet, futon, etc.) Most of our bedding covers can easily be removed by unzipping the sewn-in zipper closure, then sliding the cover off of the item.

  2. Run your silk bedding in the washing machine on a gentle cycle in cold water only. Use a mild detergent that is free from harsh chemicals, such as bleach. This also applies if you choose to hand wash your silks. We recommend washing your silk bedding individually or only with other silk pieces, since features on other garments could potentially get caught on the fragile silk and damage it while in the machine.

  3. Once finished, remove your silk items from the washing machine promptly. If allowed to sit and dry in the machine, the silk may become creased.

  4.  Place your clean bedding to air-dry on a drying rack, clothesline, or rod. If drying outdoors, try to avoid harsh sunlight, as this can cause discoloration of the fabric. Do not use tight or jagged (i.e. plastic) clothespins that may crease or tear the fabric.

  5. For larger bedding items (shikifuton covers, kakefuton covers, etc.) We recommend laying them out flat to dry. When wet, the weight of these larger items may cause unwanted stretching and strain on the fragile silk fibers.

Browse our entire collection of silk Japanese bedding here.

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