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Caring For Your Silk Mask

Caring For Your Silk Mask


Caring for your silk mask can be confusing.  Many of us assume silk is a dry clean only product and technically, for your silk to continue looking and feeling exactly as it did out of the package, that is true.  However, silk has been a fabric used for centuries, long before the invention of dry cleaning and many silks can be washed safely at home.

Washing separately and in the sink is the best way to give these luxurious fabrics a delicate bath.  Here are the steps I've tested and found successful with stretch silk charmeuse and crepe de chine.  Note: crepe de chine will shrink slightly and have a pebbled hand after washing (steaming does help). 



  • Place your silk garment or accessory in cold water and use a delicate wash like Ecover Delicate Laundry Liquid. 
  • Swish the garment slowly and gently, but not longer than 3-4 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.  Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to neutralize alkali traces and restore sheen. 
  • Do not squeeze or wring the silk.
  • Hang in the shower to drip dry or on a clean towel and blot to remove excess water.  Smooth flat with your hands and lay on surface to dry.  Avoid direct sunlight. 
  • ADALEI silk masks have been tested to successfully hold their cone shape with minimal wrinkling using the shower drip dry method. 


We recommend a steamer to remove wrinkles.  You typically iron silk from the back and since our masks are self lined, this is not possible. 

After cleaning, store your silks in a breathable cotton bag.  Since silk is a natural protein, a moth repellent will help prevent holes.  

For daily storage in your handbag or while traveling , we recommend the ADALEI Silk Storage Bag to keep your mask clean and ready for use.   

You can purchase a cutting of our silk fabric for a wash test at home, prior to purchase.  Email for details.  










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