How to Wash a Silk Sleep Mask: the Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
In case you didn’t know it, nearly nothing beats the feel of silk against your skin. Heck, silk sleepwear and bedding make you feel and look like a billion bucks (the ultimate delusion of grandeur). But what are pajamas or a pillowcase without a silk eyemask to complete your luxe fantasy?
Plus, did you know that some experts swear by silk for beauty sleep? Of the many silk eye mask benefits, one is it's less likely to cause wrinkles.
There’s just one thing. It needs more TLC than the rest of your wardrobe. That’s because it's smaller and made from delicate fabric. If you want to know how to wash a silk sleep mask, we got you.
Why You Need to Wash a Silk Eye Mask
But first, why does it need cleaning in the first place? An eyemask covers two of the most sensitive organs on your face, if not your entire body. Why would you want to expose them to irritants? Also, like a face mask, if you start getting acne or rashes on your face, a dirty sleep mask could be the culprit.
However, since silk is delicate, washing your sleep mask often may cause it to wear out fast. Still, an occasional cleaning is in order. Ergo, it’s important to choose one that features sturdy construction and high-quality material. (22 momme mulberry silk is awesome. It’s machine-washable too.)
We recommend washing your silk sleep mask only when necessary. Immediately, if there’s a stain. Unlike face masks, eyemasks don’t pick up dirt and bacteria from outdoors. (Unless they’ve crossed the line from sleepwear to your latest fashion statement. Gasp!)
Washing a Silk Sleep Mask: Three Ways
1. Dry Clean Your Silk Eyemask
A dry-cleaning service is your best bet If your mask is dirty beyond imagination (sleepwalking into a puddle of mud comes to mind). While there are kits that let you dry clean clothes at home, it’s risky to use them on silk.
Dry clean kits come with stain remover. And while some people swear they work, many manufacturers don’t recommend them for use on silk. Either they don’t do the trick or ruin the fabric completely. You’re better off leaving it to the pros.
But if you insist on dry cleaning it at home, first make sure that the kit is suitable for silk. Wondering what’s in a typical dry clean kit? Wonder no more:
Stain remover (pen or bottle)
Dry clean bag
Generally, here’s how to wash a silk mask with a dry clean kit. First, check for dirty areas, then spot treat it with stain remover. Don’t soak the entire thing. Second, when you’re done blotting the spot, put your silk sleep mask in the bag along with the cleaning cloth. Some kits like Woolite’s At-home Dry Care Cleaner have a cleaning cloth that doubles as a stain remover. In fact, it doesn’t need a bag.
Third, make sure your dryer’s filter is lint-free, then pop the bag in. Depending on the kit, put your dryer on the recommended setting—usually low to medium. Then set the timer, according to instructions. Better safe than sorry.
If this seems like way too much trouble, then get it dry cleaned professionally. But wait. If you’re a neat freak and want your stuff spotless often, know that it’s gonna cost you. Before you start doing the math, keep reading for more ways to wash a silk sleep mask.
2. How to Wash a Silk Eyemask by Hand
Handwashing is one of the safest ways to clean delicate fabrics. The thing about silk is you need to test for colorfastness before dumping it into a basin of water. If not, you’ll have a sad looking, faded eyemask in no time. Dab a small area with a damp cloth beforehand. If the color bleeds when wet, it’s time to head to your nearest dry cleaner.
So it passed the colorfastness test. Now what? Check for tough-looking stains. You can easily make your own remover. According to Persil, mix white vinegar or lemon juice with lukewarm water to make a solution. Important: test a small area of the sleep mask to see how it reacts before treating the stain. Then take a cloth and dip a corner into the mixture and gently blot. Avoid rubbing. Now you’re ready to start handwashing. Here’s what you need:
A small basin
Cold or lukewarm water (check the tag when in doubt)
Very mild soap (Shampoo works!)
A dry towel
Fill the wash basin with water (never hot because this causes colors to bleed). Squirt in some mild soap, put in your silk sleep mask, and gently swirl it around a few times. Leave it to soak for a few minutes (about three), then chuck the water. (Make sure your mask doesn’t go with it. It happens.)
Rinse and then lay it out on a towel. Fold the towel and then give it a couple of pats to blot out excess water. Hang or lay out your mask to dry in a covered area. Do not wring your sleep mask. Silk is prone to major wrinkling.
3. Machine Washing Silk Sleep Masks
Here’s how to wash a silk sleep mask without breaking a sweat: use your washing machine. Disclaimer: not all silk eye masks can withstand even the most delicate wash cycle. Again, this all depends on the construction and silk quality. If yours seems flimsy, resist the urge to give it a spin. You might as well toss it to the cat. You’ll get the same results.
But if you’ve got a silk sleep mask that’s 100% machine washable, put it in a mesh bag and launder using the gentlest cycle. Here are a couple of tips:
Do not use bleach
Use super mild detergent (or one made especially for silk)
Use the delicate cycle at 86°F
Do not wring the mask to get rid of excess water
The silk sleep mask gods have spoken: “Do not tumble dry.”
Lay it out on a white towel (colored fabric can bleed)
Don’t dry it in direct sunlight
That’s it. Easy-peasy-silk-sleep-mask-cleanie! It’s undeniable. A machine-washable one is worth it.
So now that you know how to wash a silk sleep mask, why not take one to bed? If you’re one of the uninitiated, it might be the answer to a better night’s sleep. Yay for your mind and body! Your skin will thank you, too. Well, go on. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your aromatherapy diffuser. Then, slip your sleep mask on and turn off those blasted alarms. Spoil yourself silky. You deserve it.
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