Sarees made of silk are not only delicate but also costly. They must always be handled with the utmost delicacy. Cotton, linen, and even designer sarees have distinct storing and washing methods than pattu sarees.
They are normally provided for dry cleaning since it is the cheapest way to clean them, but they can sometimes be cared for at home as well. Here are few suggestions for cleaning silk sarees.
1. Wash the pattu sarees or silk sarees in cold water at all times. Using a bucket of cold water with a few drops of detergent in the water for general cleaning. Strong chemicals will harm the saree, so please use a very gentle detergent. You can also use baby shampoo, which does not contain any harsh chemicals.
2. Natural alternatives to using a detergent to wash silk sarees include soapberries and soap nuts, as well as Reetha or Kunkudukai. Soak 10 to 15 reetha soap nut pods in water overnight. Remove the seeds from the pods and press them until the soapy pulp begins to emerge. Filter the solvent and add cold water to dilute it. Soak and clean the silk saree in the solution.
When washing the pattu saree, don’t rub it too hard. Be patient with yourself. Often, check for soap bubbles after you’ve finished cleaning. Often, don’t wring the saree after it’s been washed, as this can cause permanent wrinkles.
3. If your washing machine has a gentle cycle function, you can wash silk sarees in the washing machine. Silk sarees may be washed in the washing machine, but only on the delicate cycle, as silk is a very soft and delicate fabric. If your washing machine has a silk/delicate function, pick it so that silk sarees can be washed. Drying silk sarees is never a good idea.
Drying silk sarees is never a good idea. Allow them to dry naturally. If you’re going to wash it in the machine, it’s best to do so with the saree itself. Any other clothes that give off colours, as well as thick fabrics like denim or something with buttons, should not be washed with the saree because they can get stuck.
4. Tea and coffee stains on silk sarees can be easily removed with vinegar. Combine half a cup of white distilled vinegar and half a cup of water in a mixing bowl. Place the saree on a flat surface and use a sponge or clean cloth to apply the vinegar mixture to the stained spot. True vinegar, rather than a diluted version, should be used to remove especially stubborn coffee or tea stains.
5. Sweat stains are another vexing issue for silk sarees. Using paper towels to wipe away sweat stains as soon as you get home after a case. After that, wash it in cold water with baby shampoo.
6. If a food object stain occurs, apply talcum powder to the stain, as it eliminates the oil. Then, using a sponge dipped in liquid detergent, rub the residue and wipe it.
7. It is still preferable to send silk sarees to a specialist dry cleaner for some hard cleaning than to gamble them at home.
8. When it comes to removing stains from silk sarees, never use bleach. Bleach is a major no-no for silk sarees because it ruins the cloth. Not just that, but it gives the saree a bland appearance and causes the fabric to yellow and tear quickly.