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The right method to treat this common household fabric.

By Jennifer Jafarzadeh
Pillows stackedDavid Prince

Hand-wash silk knits with a mild detergent, such as Woolite, and lay flat to dry. Then put the item in the dryer on the air-fluff setting for two minutes to restore the fabric. Dry-clean all other types of silk, such as tussah. (Most silk fibers will bunch together when washed.)

Care tip: Ask your dry cleaner to use a shorter, more delicate cycle when cleaning silk. (A standard bulk cycle may ruin the fabric.)

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