7 'Scarf Crimes' You Should Never Commit (How To Properly Care For Your Luxury Organic Voile and Silk Scarves)

The way some people treat their
luxury scarves is... well, criminal.
Are you guilty of these destructive acts against
your luxury organic voile or silk scarves?

If so, don't worry too much.
In this post I'll show you what to do instead.
-and what will happen to your poor, innocent
scarves if you choose to do otherwise.

Ready to learn more? Read on...
1. Never ignore label care instructions
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If the label says “Dry Clean Only”, be sure
to take your silk scarf to an eco-friendly
dry cleaners to launder it properly.
The scarf that becomes the victim of water-washing
a 'dry-clean only' accessory takes the chance
of becoming water-spotted, shrunken, color-faded
or stained from bleeding.
So sad.

2. Never put your luxury scarves in the washing machine
You may think that a quick wash in a "Gentle Cycle"
in your washer would be ok. But don't be tempted.
Your scarf's lifetime may be cut
in half by this practice.
This crime will abrade the fibers, dull the print
and the spin cycle might distort the
delicate weave of silk or voile.
Worse, it can tear a hole in your scarf.
Show your scarf some love, skip the machines,
and do a gentle hand-wash. (see below)
Be nice to your scarf.
3. Never wring, rub or twist while washing or wash it with other scarves
Never wring, twist, or rub your scarf while
hand-washing. Don't mangle the delicate fibers
and fabric weaving of your scarves. Never wash one
scarf with another, either. Wash each separately
in a 3-5 minute soak in cold water with
small amount of a gentle, eco-friendly soap.
(I recommend Dr. Bronner's or ECOVER Delicate)
Squeeze suds through instead of rubbing any spots.
Rinse thoroughly with repeated gentle
squeezes until soap is rinsed out.
The fabrics are woven of delicate threads, with
only a small amount of natural stretch to them.
Twisting or wringing can break the threads or distort
the weave, rubbing can abrade the fabric or the print,
and washing with silk scarves may bleed and stain
colors into each other if washed together.
(Beau Monde scarves will never bleed, but would
be stained by bleeding from other scarves)
Handle your scarves like a kitten; with gentle care.

4. Never dry your scarf in the automatic dryer

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Never put your scarf in the dryer.
Never place your scarves in direct sunlight.
Never wring or twist to get rinse water
out of your hand-washed scarf.

Instead, lay the scarf flat onto a dry towel,
fold edges over scarf, then roll up the towel with
the scarf, inside, like a pastry-roll.
Press with palms on the rolled towel
to remove excess moisture from the scarf.
Air dry by hanging on a toweled bar
or lay flat on towel or drying screen.
But... do not let dry completely!
Leave the scarves slighty damp.
Intense heat can damage the silk fibers.
Direct sunlight can fade the colors
or make the color print uneven.
If you use the dryer, expect shrinkage.
Heat contracts natural silk and cotton fibers,
shortening the length of your scarf.
Why leave them damp? See No. 5, next.
5. Never iron a dry scarf or iron at the improper temperature
 Never iron your luxury voile or silk scarves
when the scarves are completely dry.
Don’t mist or spot-dampen silk scarves, as it
might permanently stain your scarf with water marks.
Never use the incorrect heat setting for the fabric.
Never use high heat when ironing silk.
Never iron directly on top of a rolled edge hem.
Organic cotton voile may be misted or
ironed with steam at med-high heat.
If your scarves are completely dry when ironed,
you may shrink the fabric, scorch your scarf and
wrinkles will be much more difficult to remove;
use the 'low' or 'silk' setting.
You'll flatten and ruin the hand-rolled hem if you iron it.
(Instruct your dry cleaners to watch out to avoid that
on your rolled hem silk scarf, such as Hermes.)
Just trust me on this one.
6. Never use harsh chemicals on or near your scarf
Never use any bleach, greasy liquids, cleaning fluids
and perfumes anywhere near your scarf.
Any of these fluids have the potential to
irreparably damage or stain your scarf.
You might also consider to remove
or cover your scarf while dining.

7. Never store your scarf improperly
Never tie-hang your scarves or
stuff them into a drawer.
Never store in an area that gets direct sunlight.
Never store without lavender or cedar.
Never ever store any scarves with mothballs.
- Tie-hanging causes damaging dust
accumulation and hard to remove creases.
- Natural fibers can deteriorate and get
holes from moths and other fiber-eating pests.
- Naptha penetrates scarf fibers; so you'll emit that
awful smell while wearing mothball-stored scarves.
To hang, use a hanger a smooth bar and fold scarf in half,
placing all inside a cloth (never plastic) garment bag.
For flat storage, I recommend to fold flat and place scarf
into a protective organic cotton drawstring pouch
or large jewelry bag or even a pillow case.
Place bagged scarves inside your dresser,
a cedar chest or into a storage drawer unit.
This avoids dirt, dust, snags and wrinkles.
With any storage option, do not neglect to include
organic lavender sachets in with it. Cedar chips
inside a small mesh or fabric bag may also be used.
Avoid mothballs at all costs.
Follow these instructions to repel destructive pests
and safely store your treasured scarves.
No bugs is better, but no stinky smells is best.

So there are my 7 Scarf Crimes, and
why you should be avoiding them.
If you can resist submitting your scarves
to any of these 'Scarf-Care offenses',
you'll be rewarded with the
enjoyment of happy, soft and beautiful
scarves for many years to come.
Have you been guilty of any of these scarf-care offences?
Share your scarf care tips with us, or let me know if you
have any questions on the best ways to care for your scarves.
peace and scarf-love!