I’ve always been terrified of washing my Hermes scarves, especially since I’ve heard more horror stories than one could imagine. Not only can color run, but the silk softens and looses its hand. It can be a very costly loss especially if you are emotionally attached to the item for sentimental reasons.
One of the biggest complaints of dry cleaning a silk scarf is the cost. Tie Crafters in New York City offers a competitive rate of $29 (plus shipping). They are still the best cleaners and the only one I would recommend for your scarves. In Chicago we tested two other local high end cleaners and while we were happier with the faster turn around time, the results were not as good. It’s also comforting to know that Tie Crafters works intimately with all of the Hermes boutiques in the US.
Recently I discovered The Laundress, a partnership of two fashion savvy soap mavens. Based in New York City and former Ralph Lauren and Chanel employees, you bet they understand luxurious fabrics. They claim to have developed an eco friendly formula that is safe on silk and actually enhances the color (without running). I haven’t actually tried the soap yet, but wondering if anyone else had? I’m not sure if I’m ready to take the plunge yet. Are you?
When purchasing an investment piece such as a silk Hermes scarf, one hopes that they’ll be able to sport it for more than one wear! Stains, spills, and mystery marks are never planned and always unwelcome, but luckily with The Laundress products they CAN be accommodated (on occasion).
The Laundress Product of Perfection
Unlike other delicate formulas, The Laundress Delicate Wash contains special enzymes that remove perspiration, oil, and buildup, while remaining safe on silks. Specially formulated with cleaning enhancers and color guard, it maintains the cleanliness and color saturation of your favorite garments.
Pretreat All Stains
Freshen Up Nicely
To remove persistent odors, mix ¼ cup of The Laundress Scented Vinegar with a sink full of tepid water and soak for up to 30 minutes. You may also apply a small amount of this deodorizing miracle product directly to the target area.
Give Your Hermes a Hand
Handwashing is the best and safest way to care for investment pieces. This will preserve the fabrics for as long as possible.
1. Fill a washbasin or sink with tepid water and add two capfuls or a squirt of The Laundress Delicate Wash.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
3. Rinse well, running room temperature water over the item until the rinse water is no longer soapy.
4. Do not wring. Instead, press the delicate items against the sink or basin to remove the water.
Get Hung Up
Simply hang your hose to dry, or lay them flat on a drying rack. Don’t forget to spray with The Laundress Delicate Spray to keep them fresh and smelling sweet between wearing and washing.