Silk pajamas are one of life's incredible indulgences; I mean, is there anything more luxurious than sleeping in silk?
The silk material is known to be one of the most expensive and luxurious fabrics for clothing. However, the price tag doesn't deter anyone ready to enjoy the many benefits of sleeping in silk pajamas. I think of silk pajamas as an investment, and the money is worth it in the long run.
Sleeping in silk helps replenish hair and skin moisture and is an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin and allergies.
Like silk fabric, clothes made with satin material are elegant and luxurious, and pajamas are no exception. Satin Pajamas can be super soft and sensual. The fabric is perfect for sleeping and for lounging around the entire day.
Your satin pajama helps your hair stays gorgeous morning and night because it keeps your hair moisturized. Using a satin Pj keeps your skin comfortable, and you get high-quality and cost-effective sleep.
However, these materials require that you take good care of them so you can maximize and thoroughly enjoy their benefits
Differences between a Silk & Satin Pajamas
Satin and silk are two great fabrics and are an excellent choice of materials for pajamas. However, there are some differences between satin and silk Pjs.
Production is the most significant difference between satin and silk. The satin fabrics form by weaving nylon and polyester together. Silk, on the other hand, is totally natural. If you have a preference for natural products, then a silk Pj is the better option for you. The appearance of both materials is also different. Satin has more of a rich, denser look that is brighter on one side and a dull appearance on the other side. Silk has some shine and flows fluidly.
I think the decision-making difference between getting a Silk Pj or a Satin Pj is the breathability of the materials.
Satin is slightly thicker and heavier than silk so that it will breathe less. Satin is a fabric woven using four threads. This creates less space between the threads and, thus, a more dense fabric that doesn't breathe. This lack of breathability makes it less than ideal in hot weather in the case of night sweats and hot flashes.
On the other hand, silk absorbs humidity and moisture very well, so this will absorb any sweat you may produce in your sleep.
How to Wash Your Silk Pajamas
How often should silk pajamas be washed?
This is contingent on some factors, which may include:
-Your lifestyle: If you like to go to bed with your silk pajamas as your first layer, i.e., without wearing any underwear, you may have to wash your pajamas daily.
If you wear your pajamas as a second layer, you can wear them for about 2-3 days.
Please remember that if you wear pajamas all day, it would be suitable to wash them every day. This is due to natural body oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria that can build up on the fabric- even if you are at home all day.
-In addition to your sleep habits, your shower habits are also crucial in determining how often you should wash your pajamas.
If you shower before wearing your Pjs, then you can reduce washes. However, you may also need to wash daily if you do not.
It is also important to factor in if you sweat at night or like to use many skincare products at night- you may need to clean your Pjs often if you fall in this category.
Can silk PJs go in the dryer?
Most people assume that their silk pajamas require dry cleaning, but you can launder them at home. Here, the idea is to safely and effectively hand wash your silk pajamas at home.
The first step to washing your silk Pjs is to:
- Check for colorfastness by treating a hidden part of your pajamas
- Soak your silk pajamas in lukewarm water with a delicate detergent for 30 minutes. Be careful not to rub too strongly, as this can damage the silk.
- Rinse with cool water. Avoid wringing because this can damage the fabric. Instead, gently press out the excess water.
- Lay flat to dry. Your silk pajamas should NEVER go into the dryer.
- If you need to iron silk pajamas after washing because it is a little wrinkled, steaming is the way to go. Steaming helps smooth the fabric and helps restore its natural luster.
However, if you have to iron the Pjs, turn the garment inside out, use the lowest temperature, and press a piece of cloth between the iron and silk.
What detergent is best for silk?
When it comes to washing your silk pajamas, the detergent you should use should be a fabric care product dedicated to cleaning clothes and also taking care of the people wearing them and the environment. Always look for silk or wool-safe detergents. Please avoid using any biological and color-protecting detergents for your silk because they contain enzymes that degrade the structure of your silk PJs.
Does silk shrink While being washed?
Silk, a luxurious and delicate material, can shrink or become damaged in the wash without proper care. The primary reason for this is that silk is a natural material made from protein fibers, so heat will cause it to shrink.
To avoid this, use lukewarm water while washing, and to rinse the pajamas, use cool water.
Can I use vinegar on silk?
Yes. You can use white vinegar on your silk pajamas to get stains out. Mixed with a couple of tablespoons of lukewarm water, white vinegar, or lemon juice can make a gentle silk stain remover.
How to Wash Your Satin Pajamas?
Because of its smooth feel, satin is very appealing. Many people use it for garments, bedsheets, and Pjs.
Cleaning a satin pajama is a bit different from cleaning a silk pajama. Here are the steps to cleaning your satin pajamas
- Wash your satin pajamas by hand or on the delicate cycle of your washer
- Only use cold water while washing. It is essential to know that you should NEVER wash your satin PJ in hot water. The reason is that hot water may shrink your pajamas. You should only use gentle detergents while washing a satin Pj.
- If you are hand-washing your Pjs, it'd be better to let the item soak in soapy water for about 3-5 minutes. Gently squeeze the soap sods through the clothing, and then rinse with cool or cold water
- Don't wring or twist your satin clothes or PJs, as it will cause them to lose their shape.
- Like the silk Pajamas, DO NOT put your satin Pjs in a dryer. Instead, lay the satin PJ flat on a clean, dry towel, roll the towel, jelly-roll style, and apply pressure to squeeze out excess water.
Unroll, remove the item, and lay flat on another clean, dry towel to finish air-drying, away from sun or excess heat.
- You can iron your satin pajamas on a medium or light setting with no steam. The pajamas should be ironed inside-out with quick strokes, never allowing the iron to linger too long on any one spot.
- If the material of your pajamas is exceptionally delicate, you should only dry-clean them to avoid damage. Your expensive satin fabrics should be hand-washed, while cheaper satin can take machine washing.