Best Ways to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk Without an Iron

Silk is a very delicate, beautiful, but “capricious” fabric that requires constant care. Wash it like a delicate item and iron it wisely if you want shirts, blouses, dresses, or skirts to look great. Even though silk does not wrinkle that much, sometimes it is useful to know how to get the wrinkles out of silk. Silk can be easily unwrinkled even without an iron. And today you will find out how.

Does silk wrinkle easily? No, silk does not wrinkle that easily. Like any other natural fabric, silk wrinkles, but only slightly. Silk may form small wrinkles that will be gone once you put the silk item on you. However, artificial silk wrinkles a lot more, and sometimes it is even impossible to get the wrinkles out of faux silk even with the help of the iron.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk Without an Iron?

If you do not have an iron at hand, you can always get wrinkles out of silk without an iron. Here is how you can do it with the help of:

  • Hair Dryer
  • Steamer
  • How Water Shower
  • Natural Drying Method
  • Dryer

Let’s dive into these ways of dealing with silk wrinkles.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk With a Hair Dryer?

To get wrinkles out of silk with a hairdryer, simply aim a stream of cool or barely warm air at a slightly damp silk item at a distance of 10 centimeters. Usually, it will take you 3-5 minutes to unwrinkle silk with a hairdryer. Make sure that you do not use hot air as it will damage the silk. You can use a hairdryer to get wrinkles out of silk while you are already wearing it. 

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk in Dryer?

Even though you should not dry silk in the dryer, you can use the dryer to get the wrinkles out of silk. To do so, make sure you switch on the “No heat” function in the dryer. Put a silk item in, activate the “No heat” setting in the dryer, and wait for 3-5 minutes. Take a silk item out and see if the wrinkles disappeared. If no, repeat the procedure. You can also use the “Air-fluff” mode.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk With a Steamer?

To get wrinkles out of silk with a steamer, do the following:

  • Prepare a hanger and rack and hang silk clothing on them.
  •  Equip the steamer with a special attachment for delicate fabrics and set the appropriate mode. If you do not have a steamer, you can use the steaming function in an iron.
  •  Steam the silk from top to bottom at a distance of at least 6–7 cm. Make sure you move the steamer fast enough because any excess moisture will leave stains on silk.

Silk items that have many wrinkles and creases or big silk items like bedding are much more convenient to steam than to iron.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk With Hot Water Shower?

  • Put a silk item on a hanger in the bathroom. 
  • Open the tap with hot water and close the door tightly. Make sure the water does not make silk wet.
  • Wait for 10-15 minutes. Hot water will generate steam which will get the wrinkles out of your silk clothing.

This method is a replacement for the steam generator and is suitable for non-standard cut clothes. The steam gently unwrinkles clothes without harming the delicate silk.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk With a Kettle?

  • Boil 1-2 liters of water in a kettle.
  • Hold the kettle near the silk clothes while making sure the steam reaches the silk item.
  • Wait for 1-2 minutes and the wrinkles will disappear.

This is a rapid and safe method to get wrinkles out of your silk clothing. The steam will not leave stains.

How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk With a Steam Generator

To get wrinkles out of silk with a steam generator you need to:

  • Pour water into a special tank of the steam generator.
  • Switch on the “Silk” mode.
  • “Iron” the silk evenly.

This device not only effectively smoothes out wrinkles on the fabric, but also removes minor dirt. It is compact, lasts longer than conventional irons, and is used to care for delicate fabrics. The steam generator is easy to use.

These are the main alternatives to get wrinkles out without an iron. However, you need to wash and dry silk correctly so that it would not wrinkle that much. I will give you the best tips on how to prevent the silk from wrinkling and creasing.

How to Prevent Silk from Creasing and Wrinkling?

To prevent the silk from creasing and winkling, you need to follow some care rules:

  • You can use an automatic machine (mode for delicate fabrics) or do it manually (at a water temperature not higher than + 30 degrees).
  • It is not recommended to use powder detergent. Replace it with liquid detergent and dilute it with water.
  • Do not use bleach. Chlorine quickly corrodes delicate fibers.
  • Do not twist silk. Hang a silk item on a hanger and gently remove excess water with hands.
  • Put a silk item on a thick towel which will absorb the remaining water. 
  • Put a silk item on a hanger again until it dries completely.

If silk got wrinkled anyway, try this:

  • Dissolve 25 ml of glycerin in 5 liters of water.
  • Put a silk item in it the solution.
  • Take it out and hang on a hanger until it dries naturally.

And now it’s time to learn how to iron silk properly to get all the wrinkles out of it. A lot of people think that silk can’t be ironed. But is it really true?

Can silk be ironed? Yes, silk can be ironed. Iron items made of natural silk should be ironed from the seamy side or from the front, but through dry gauze or thin cotton cloth. When ironing, the iron should be smoothly run over the surface of the fabric. Silk should be ironed at a temperature of 60–80°С (140-176°F). Do not use the steaming function as it will lead to stains.

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How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk With An Iron? How to Iron Silk?

  • The silk item should be slightly damp, so it will be easier to smooth out any wrinkles.
  • The dry fabric should be lightly sprayed with water from a spray bottle.
  • Fold it carefully and place it in a plastic bag without air access. This will help the moisture to be absorbed into the fibers.
  • Turn the clothing inside out and put on an ironing board.
  • Set the iron to a maximum temperature of 120 ° C.
  • The thinner the silk, the more careful you need to be with it. The delicate fabric is ironed through a layer of gauze or any other natural material.

Natural silk is very delicate, therefore, some nuances should be taken into account when you want to get the wrinkles out of it:

  • Do not steam silk. Steaming will make silk lose its appearance and the fiber will become thin and weak. Steaming may also change the color of the silk and leave stains.
  • Natural silk must not be completely wet when ironed. A hot iron will destroy the softness of wet silk. Also, there might appear a metallic sheen appears near the seams, which can only be removed by re-wetting the item and placing it in the dryer.
  • Do not set the iron on a temperature higher than 160°C (300F). High temperatures on the iron will leave yellow stains on silk. To remove yellow stains out of silk, take equal proportions of baking soda and water, and apply it to the stain. Wait for the silk item to dry. Then clean off the remaining baking soda with a soft brush.
  • White silk clothes do not need to be turned inside out. It is best to iron it from the front, and the less often it is done, the better.
  • Before ironing, turn off the steam function and make sure that water does not automatically flow onto the silk.
  • Check the surface of the iron, making sure it is free of dirt or burnt spots. To get rid of them, you can make a paste with water and baking soda (1:1). Spread the paste on the surface, and after a few minutes wipe the iron with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Cover the ironing board or surface with a clean white cotton cloth. You also need to cover the thing with a white or natural fabric, otherwise, the dyes in cotton will begin to fade under the influence of temperature.

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