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I just wanted to share that cold water and a hair dryer work great to recondition wrinkled silks. I use this to freshen up my TT silk all the time.

Wet the silk in the bathroom sink and stick it to the mirror. Just spread it by the corners and push it against the glass, then wipe most of the wrinkles out by hand. Then grab the hair dryer and with a low or medium setting iron out the rest.

You can try just leaving the silk on the mirror instead but it will usually fall off before drying completely. I have also seen posts elsewhere that say to leave it on or near a window. That will work also. The real key is to smooth it flat when it is wet.

If you do TT vanishes please take out the wrinkles so it doesn't look so gawdy and like you had to cram the silk somewhere to vanish it.

my two cents...
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Great idea Shawn... I'll have to test that out.


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Thanks for the idea. I have tried different things but this is a new one that I will put to the trial.
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Do you use soap on your silk's?
I have and it has never hurt them .
What do you think ?
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I am not sure... depends on the soap and the silk I guess. I have tried to wash out stains but found that if water won't do it soap usually isn't going to help much. I once tried diluted bleach on a white silk... BAD IDEA.

I think the silks we tend to get dirty are the ones we use most often and are the ones worth replacing over time.

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You can use washing powder when you want to clean your silks from stains.

Be careful, though!

Use a washing powder that is made for hand washing. Fill up the handbasin with a little less than lukewarm water. Take small amount of powder in the water and let it dissolve. "Wave the silk around" in the water. Don't let it lie in a pile on the bottom. If there are stains fold the silk once and rub the stain gently between the fold with thumb and forefinger. This is usually enough to remove the stain. I have removed stains that vary from candle grease to blood with this method. (*G* I sound like a real windbag. We assistants take washing silks seriously *LOL*) Hope someone can use this for something. Oh, by the way blood require COLD water, and candle grease, WARM water. Smile Smile Smile
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