How To Care For Satin: Here's Everything You Need To Know

Satin is a fabric that is usually made of silk, cotton, or polyester. This type of cloth is smooth to the touch and has a shiny appearance. However, its sheen can be dulled by friction. This makes it great for bedding and tablecloths because it doesn't show dirt easily. Satin fabric should be treated with care because if not properly cared for it can become faded and will start to look old.

Aside from caring for your satin the right way, you should also keep in mind that this type of fabric is delicate, so you shouldn't spruce it up with a lot of embellishments like paint.

How To Care For Satin

satin fabric

If you want to care for your satin fabric properly, you should wash it on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and dry it in the dryer. This will help keep it clean, soft, and looking good for a long time.

If you want to get rid of stains, try using salt, which can be found in most kitchens. You can also use vinegar or lemon juice because they both have properties that help eliminate stains. If the stain just won't come out, try using a paper towel dipped in alcohol to rub over the stain and remove it easily.

Additionally, if there is a spot on your fabric that needs to be removed or fixed, use white vinegar since it is safe for the fabric and won't leave behind any residue. Depending on the size of the spot, you can either blot or soak the area with white vinegar before washing the cloth again like normal.

Tips for Keeping Your Satin fabric Looking New

satin nightwear dress

There are several ways to care for satin fabric. Here are a few of the best tips you should focus on - 

  • Wash your satin on a delicate cycle and then air dry it. This will make it more wrinkle-resistant.
    First, you need to judge how delicate or fragile your dress is, then tell your dry-cleaner to use cold water or delicate steam. The dress can look wrinkled. You need to sponge them out gently when they're still a little damp. When the dress is completely dry, pull it into shape and hang it up in the cupboard.
  • Use a lint roller to remove any fuzz from the fabric before washing it. Putting a sticky lint roller over the edge of a sewing table or dress form is also a good way to collect fuzz and hair before beginning ironing.
  • If you notice any wrinkles on your dress, don't rush to iron it immediately. If it is not too bad wait until the next day to begin ironing so that you can use steam on the dress. This adds moisture which will relax the fibers and make them easier to smooth out.
    Make sure you set your iron on a low steam setting, hot to medium-high heat helps initially smooth wrinkles from satin but then avoid hot temperatures if possible. Only use these high temperatures for clothes that cannot be damaged by them.
  • Use protective sprays as an alternative for protecting weddings or any other satin dresses from getting wet (if used correctly). However, even satin has the potential of becoming pock. Spray the entire dress with waterless protective spray and allow it to dry.
    After that, you can use a clean soft cloth to remove any residues on the surface. Keep in mind that cosmetic sprays might fade satin, so try not to use them too near to exposure with daylight. Patting dry might leave harmless residues, make some treatment accordingly.
  • Treat the fabric with an oil-based stain remover when it fades or gets dirty, which will help restore its sheen again. Be careful though to not rub too hard on satin when applying the cleaner.


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