To wash satin pillowcases, fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a few drops of detergent for delicates. Submerge the pillowcase in the water and leave it to soak for 3-5 minutes. Use your hands to agitate the pillowcase in the water until the pillowcase is clean. Remove the pillowcase from the water and rinse under cold water until all the soap has been removed. Once finished, hang or lay flat to dry in a cool place.
This is How to Wash Satin Pillowcases: Step-by-Step Guide.
This article will give you step-by-step instructions on how to wash satin pillowcases.
Satin pillowcases are most commonly made from either silk or polyester fibers. These instructions can be used to wash both silk satin as well as polyester satin pillowcases.
How to Wash Satin Pillowcases
Before washing your satin pillowcase it is important to check the care label to make sure you are able to hand or machine wash the pillowcase yourself. If the care label reads dry clean only, then take your pillowcases to the dry cleaners and do not attempt to wash at home.
Silk satin pillowcases as well as polyester satin pillowcases can be washed using the same steps and methods. The instructions below are suitable for both silk satin as well as polyester satin pillowcases.
Use these step-by-step guides to learn how to wash other garments and items made from silk or satin.
How to Wash Satin Pillowcases by Hand
Hand washing is the best way to clean satin pillowcases because it is a gentle and effective method that can be done conveniently in 10 to 15 minutes at home.
Continue reading to learn how to wash satin pillowcases by hand.
Things You'll Need:
- A basin, container, sink, or tub
- Detergent for delicates
- An absorbent towel
- Lukewarm water
- Satin pillowcases
- Fill a basin with lukewarm water no hotter than 77°F/25°C.
- Add laundry detergent for delicates in to the water. If your pillowcase is made from silk satin you may also choose to use silk detergent.
- Submerge the pillowcase in the water and let soak for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Use your hands to mix and agitate the satin pillowcase in the water. Do this for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until your feel your pillowcase has been cleaned to your standards.
- Remove the pillowcase from the water and rinse under cold water. Rinse your pillowcase until the water runs clear and all the soap has been completely removed.
- Use an absorbent towel to remove excess water from the pillowcase. Lay the pillowcase evenly on a soft towel, and gently roll the towel up sushi roll style. Apply pressure to the top of the roll to help remove excess moisture from the satin.
- Hang or lay flat to air dry in a cool place, out of contact with direct sunlight.
How to Wash Satin Pillowcases in the Washing Machine
Using the washing machine to clean your satin pillowcase is convenient and hassle free if done properly. Carefully follow the steps below to make sure you know how to machine wash satin pillowcases using the right steps and precautions.
Things You'll Need:
- A washing machine
- A mesh laundry bag
- Detergent for delicates
- Satin pillowcases
- Turn the pillowcases inside out. This will help to protect the glossy outer layer of the satin fabric.
- Put the pillowcase into a mesh laundry bag.
- Place the laundry bag into the washing machine and add detergent for delicates. If your satin pillowcase is made from silk, you may also choose to use silk detergent. Refer to the detergent's instructions to find out how much liquid to add.
- Adjust the settings on the washing machine and use the delicate/gentle setting as well as the cold water setting.
- Set the washing machine to the shortest duration wash cycle possible.
- Push start.
- Once the wash cycle is finished, take the pillowcase out of the mesh laundry bag and hang or lay flat to dry in a cool place out of contact with direct sunlight.
How to Dry Satin Pillowcases
The best way to dry a satin pillowcase is to hang or lay flat to air dry in a cool place out of contact with direct sunlight.
Silk satin pillowcases should never be placed into the dryer, as this will damage the possibly shrink the silk fabric. Always air dry your silk satin pillowcases by either hanging or laying flat to dry.
Although it is much more preferable to air dry, some satin pillowcases made from polyester may have the ability to be machine dried if the care label explicitly allows for it. If you are allowed to machine dry your polyester satin pillowcase, then be sure to use the air dry or tumble dry low settings, and remember to remove the pillowcase from the dryer when it is still slightly damp. Be careful because failing to use the dryer properly can result in damage and shrinkage occurring to your satin.
If you are unsure how to machine dry your polyester satin pillowcases, then just choose the safe option and revert back to air drying.
Continue reading: How to Dry Satin
Related: Can You Put Satin in the Dryer?
How to Get Stains Out of Satin Pillowcases
If a stain occurs on your satin pillowcase, the most important thing to do is act quickly! Once a strain occurs, waste no time beginning to clean the stain off by getting a soft cloth, wetting it with water, and dabbing the stain.
Stubborn stains can be removed from satin pillowcases by using a water based cleaning solution that is one part water mixed with one part white vinegar or one part lemon juice.
Stains can also be removed from satin pillowcases by using an absorbent powder such as talcum powder, baking soda, or corn starch and leaving it on the stain overnight. This method is useful for trying to remove grease and oil stains from satin.
To learn more details on the step-by-step stain removal process, please read how to get stains out of satin.
How to Iron Satin Pillowcases
Using an iron is the most effective way to get wrinkles out of satin pillowcases. To iron satin pillowcases all you need is an iron, ironing board, pressing cloth, spray bottle, and clean satin pillowcases
Read our step-by-step instructions on how to iron satin before you try to remove wrinkles from satin pillowcases.
Read a more complete set of instructions at How to Iron Satin.
How to Wash Satin Pillowcases FAQ
How often should I wash my satin pillowcase?
Satin pillowcases should be washed quite frequently to avoid buildups of hair, sweat, and scents. It is recommended that you wash your pillowcase at least once every two weeks, and more preferably once a week. If you have sensitive skin, acne, or a skin condition, you may wish to wash your satin pillowcase more often.
How do you wash satin silk pillowcases?
The best way to wash satin silk pillowcases is by hand washing. To hand wash satin silk pillowcases: fill a basin with lukewarm water, add detergent for delicates, soak the pillowcase for 3 minutes, use your hands to agitate, rinse the soap out of the satin using cold water, and hang or lay flat to dry.
How do you dry satin pillowcases?
Dry satin pillowcases after hand washing by laying the pillowcase flat and even on a soft, absorbent towel. Gently roll the towel inwards to remove the excess water from the satin fabric. Once completed, hang or lay flat to dry in a cool place out of contact with direct sunlight.
Can satin pillowcases go in the dryer?
Silk satin pillowcases can absolutely not go in the dryer. Polyester satin pillowcases may have the ability to be machine dried, however they must be dried using the tumble dry low or air dry settings. The best way to dry satin pillowcases is to hang or lay flat to dry in a cool place.