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Silk is a versatile natural protein fiber used to make pajamas, parachutes and beautiful hand painted scarves. Silk is even used in medicine for sutures and prosthetic arteries. Silk scarves sit next to the skin; the acids and salts of perspiration can damage the fibers so the scarves must be cleaned. Wash your silk scarves by hand using a mild, non-alkaline soap and lay them flat or hang them to dry before ironing out any creases.

Set your iron temperature to the setting for "silk." If your iron doesn't have this temperature setting, choose the one for "rayon" or the "cool" setting. Allow the iron to heat up.

Lay your scarf flat on your ironing board. Use your hand to smooth out the larger creases so they iron flat and don't fold over each other.

Press down gently with your iron onto the scarf and slide it smoothly over the surface of the scarf. Lift it up off the scarf at the other end. Slide it across the scarf a few times to remove the creases.

Spread a press cloth over delicate scarves to provide protection from heat damage to the fibers. Ensure the scarf is flat and place the press cloth on top so you do not iron in a crease. Press the iron down firmly on the press cloth so the heat goes through the press cloth to the scarf; slide it smoothly over the surface of the cloth. Slide it over the scarf several times and then lift up the cloth to see if the creases are gone.


Iron your silk scarf when it is slightly damp. Silk is extremely sensitive to heat and may become dull, burn or pucker with too much heat. Hang your scarves in the bathroom while you're showering; the humidity helps to remove creases. If you don't have a press cloth, use a piece of linen or cotton fabric or a pillow case.


Your scarves may become stiff with too much ironing. If you notice a metallic looking sheen on the surface of your scarves, the fibers have been damaged by ironing.

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Carol Strider

Carol Strider is a writer and a post-secondary educator in law and criminal justice, teaching in person and online since 2002. Prior to teaching, Strider was a lawyer at a community law office. Strider holds a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Arts, a diploma in adult education and a diploma in animal sciences.