How to Iron a Silk Shirt: Step-by-Step Guide


Turn the shirt inside out and lay it flat on the ironing board so that the dull backside of the silk is facing skyward. Use a spray bottle to add moisture to the wrinkled area, and cover it with a cotton pressing cloth such as a pillowcase. Turn the iron on to the lowest heat setting possible and activate the steam function. Use the iron to gently hand press the wrinkles out of the silk shirt and proceed to air dry the garment once finished. 


This is How to Iron a Silk Shirt: Step-by-Step Instructions

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Our article How to Iron a Silk Shirt: Step-by-Step Guide gives you easy to follow step-by-step instructions so that you can learn how to iron your silk pajamas quickly and properly every time.  


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How to Iron a Silk Shirt

Using the iron is the best way to get wrinkles out of a silk shirt and can be done in 5 to 8 minutes at home. Learn how to iron silk shirts so that you can save yourself a few trips to the dry cleaners!


To learn how to iron other types of delicate garments and fabrics, please review our care guides below. 


Carefully review the instructions below to learn how to iron a silk shirt


What You'll Need:


  • An iron
  • An ironing board 
  • A spray bottle filled with water
  • A cotton press cloth (ex: bandana, pillowcase, thin towel, handkerchief)
  • A clean silk shirt

Steps:


  1. Turn your silk shirt inside out so that the sheen side is flat on the ironing board and the dull backside is facing skywards. Always iron silk shirts from the dull backside. 
  2. Grab a spray bottle filled with room temperature water and use the mist setting to add moisture to the silk shirt. Your shirt should be slightly damp but not soaking wet. If your shirt has deep creases or stubborn wrinkles, you may want to add a little more water than usual. 
  3. Turn the iron on to the lowest heat setting possible. If you iron has a silk setting, use that. 
  4. Place a cotton press cloth (I use a bandana) on top of the wrinkled area that you wish to iron. Never press a hot iron directly onto the fabric of your silk shirt; always keep a pressing cloth in between the iron and the silk. 
  5. Proceed to hand press the iron down on the wrinkled areas. Do not slide the iron back and forth on the fabric. Instead, briefly press the iron down, lift it up, and re-apply the iron until your silk shirt is wrinkle free. Hand press the iron as opposed to sliding the iron. 
  6. Once finished, hang or lay flat to air dry in a cool room out of contact with direct sunlight. Never put a silk shirt in the dryer


Tips:


  • Never press a hot iron directly onto silk fabric. Place a press cloth made from cotton in between the iron and the silk shirt.
  • Do not dry your silk shirt in direct sunlight.
  • Never use the dryer to dry your silk shirt. Tumble drying your silk shirt will lead to severe damage. 
  • Be sure to iron your silk shirt from the dull backside, not the shimmering and glossy front side. 
  • Never iron a dry silk shirt, always add water moisture until it is slightly damp first before you iron. 
  • Never pull, twist, or wring your silk shirt. Air dry or towel roll the shirt if you are looking to remove excess water. 
  • If to lowest heat setting on the iron is ineffective for removing wrinkles, gradually raise the heat level until you find a sweet spot.


Watch our step-by-step video below on how to iron silk



How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk Without an Iron

Although using iron is the most effective way to get wrinkles out of a silk shirt, there are still other methods you can use if you do not have access to an iron.


The second most effective method for getting wrinkles out of your silk shirt is by using a steamer. When using a steamer to remove wrinkles from your silk shirt, first turn the shirt inside out and then use long downward strokes as you work your way from the top of the shirt to the bottom. 


Continue reading: How to Steam Silk


Another method for removing wrinkles from your silk shirt is by hanging the shirt in the bathroom while you shower. Put your silk shirt on a hanger and place it near the shower so that the steam from the shower can help to remove wrinkles. Make sure the bathroom door is closed and the fan is off so that you are able to trap as much steam as possible. 


Continue reading: How to Get Wrinkles out of Silk Without an Iron


How to Wash a Silk Shirt

The best and most gentle way to wash a silk shirt is by hand. Fill a container with lukewarm water and add silk detergent or detergent for delicates. Submerge the shirt in the water and allow to soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Use your hands to agitate the shirt and then rinse under cold water once you've finished washing. Gently roll in a soft towel to remove excess water from the silk fabric, and hang or lay flat to air dry in a cool place. 


Watch our step-by-step video tutorial on how to hand wash silk, posted below, or take a look at our full comprehensive guide on how to wash a silk shirt


Continue reading: How to Wash a Silk Shirt


If your silk shirt has a stain that needs to be removed please read our step-by-step instructions on How to Get Stains Out of a Silk Shirt



How to Iron a Silk Shirt FAQ

Can you iron a 100% silk shirt?

Iron 100% silk shirts by turning it inside out, laying it flat on the ironing board, using a spray bottle to add moisture, and then covering the wrinkled areas that you wish to iron, with a thin cotton pressing cloth. Once ready, adjust the heat settings on the iron to the lowest setting possible, and hand press the 100% silk fabric until it is completely wrinkle free. 

Is it better to steam or iron silk?

If your silk garment has deep and stubborn wrinkles then using an iron will be more effective than a steamer. If your silk garment has subtle wrinkles and light creases, then a seamer might be equally as useful as an iron. 

What setting do I iron silk on?

Iron silk on the lowest heat setting possible. If your iron has a silk/delicate/gentle setting, you may also use that. Always use lowest heat setting to iron silk, as silk can be burnt and damaged easily. 

Do silk shirts need ironing?

Silk shirts wrinkle easily and will likely need to be ironed at some point, especially if you've had them folded in a drawer or suitcase. Ironing silk is easy, and can be done with an iron, ironing board, cotton pressing cloth, and spray bottle filled with water.