Fabric Care

Rosalbah garments are made with love using luxurious fabrics. To help ensure yours lasts for a long time, we have put together these fabric care guidelines to help maximise the life of your garment.

Silk Fun Facts

Silk is the ultimate luxury raw material and fibre that has been known to man for approximately 5000 years.  It's widely perceived to be the most beautiful and elegant of all the natural fibres.

It's a seductive, luxurious and desirable fibre and has many qualities which sets it apart from other fibres.

Absorbency: Silk fabrics being protein in nature have good absorbency and can be work in warm weather and while active. Silk can absorb a fairly significant amount of moisture before it feels wet.

Comfort:  Silk is comfortable to wear in the summer and warm in the winter.

Resistance to Perspiration: Perspiration and sunlight weakens and yellows silk fabrics. The silk itself deteriorates and the colour is affected causing staining. Garments worn next to the skin should be washed or otherwise cleaned after each wearing.

Resistance to Insects:   For practical use, silk is excellent as clothing that protects from many biting insects that would ordinarily pierce clothing, such as mosquitoes.  It is resistant to moths and mites.

Blend: Silk can be woven together with other fabrics in blends

Silk Care Instructions

Observe these tips and you will enjoy your silk products for a very long time.

Correct care will insure that you silk products will last for years without losing their quality.

A few important rules need to be observed as silk is a natural fibre and cannot be treated the same as synthetic fibre.  Please pay special attention to the following instructions.

Things To Avoid

  • Never spray silk with perfume, deodorant or hairspray as the alcohol component will damage silk fabric. Let your perfume, deodorant and hairspray dry before dressing
  • Never bleach silk – it discolours the fabric and eats away at the fibres
  • Never expose silk to direct sunlight for long periods of time
  • Never use a wooden drying rack, as the dyes & finishes can leave stains
  • Never rub if hand washing

Hand Washing

Silk can be washed by hand without being damaged by following a few simple but strict rules.

Hand rubbing is not recommended as it damages the fibres.

  1. Use a wool wash or ivory liquid. 
  2. Wash silk in lukewarm water.
  3. Gently move the fabric from side to side. (Do not wring dry!)
    Handle wet silk with even greater care as it is very delicate.
  4. After a maximum of 5 minutes remove silk from water and rinse the fabric with cold water
  5. Never wring dry

Drying

  1. Silk is a fine fabric and dries fairly quickly
  2. Hang and dry in shade, away from direct sunlight
  3. Never use a clothes dryer

Ironing

  1. Silk should always be ironed inside out.
    It should always still be slightly moist. Check your iron to make sure it's on the "Silk" setting!
  2. Don't iron silk with hot iron!
    Always remember that silk is a protein structure much like human hair. Heat will damage it.

Wrinkle Removal Tips

  1. Most minor silk wrinkles should disappear after hanging overnight
  2. Use a cool iron on "Silk" setting only
  3. Hang in the bathroom away from water during a shower and let the humidity do the work for you

Stains

  1. Don't spray silk with water while ironing
  2. Don't treat individual stains with water
  3. Do not try to remove stains with a stain remover at home
  4. Do not bleach
  5. Badly stained garments should be dry-cleaned.; tell the dry-cleaner what caused them. Choose your dry-cleaner carefully.

Packing and Travel

  1. Your silk garment is great travel as it's light and doesn't take up much room.  It can be folded and packed as normal.
  2. Hang once you reach your destination
  3. Hang in the bathroom away from water during your shower as humidity will help with wrinkles
  4. Cool iron on "Silk" setting any wrinkles that remain