Washing: Silk should be hand washed or dry cleaned to protect the fabric from damage. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach. Use a mild, specialized silk detergent, or simply mix a capful of mild laundry detergent with cool water.
Drying: Do not wring or twist silk items. Instead, gently press out the excess water and lay them flat to dry. Avoid hanging silk items to dry, as the weight of the water can stretch and damage the fabric.