Scarves have become an invaluable part of women’s wardrobes. Each twist and tie and wrap and weave yields a different look, taking your style to new levels. And because they’re an investment, we at Garmany Red Bank want to help you care for them properly to ensure you’ll get a good ROI.
How to clean them? First, read the label on the scarf. Then understand that the key is “easy does it.” Even if the label indicates it is machine-washable, hand washing is preferred. And even if it you can throw it in the dryer, air-drying is the better way to go.
To hand wash, fill a sink or large bowl with cool water and add a small amount of mild detergent to form suds. Submerge the scarf and squeeze the suds through to get it completely wet. Soak for about 15 minutes. Next, drain the sink or bowl and holding the scarf under running cool water, squeeze it through until suds no longer appear. Gently squeeze out any excess water (never wring!), lay it on a dry towel and roll it up to remove more dampness. Then unroll and lay your scarf on another towel to finish drying.
Silk scarves require even more care. In fact, most designer brands advise that you dry clean your scarves. But if you want to hand wash, here’s what we suggest: Add a few drops of mild soap (baby shampoo works well) to a basin of cool water. Add the scarf and swish it around in the water for a few minutes. Follow with a cool rinse until the water runs clear before proceeding to the drying stages indicated above. Iron on low while it is still damp, making sure to avoid the rolled edges.