Q: I've had my silk comforter for several years now (still LOVE it), but it really does need to be cleaned. Any suggestions as to where I can take it?
A: First, you've got the right idea - let someone else do the cleaning. You can set it out in the sun to release moisture, but if you try to clean it yourself, you will likely damage it. (I once heard of someone who put their silk comforter through a normal washer/dryer process. It came out "shredded"!) You can either dry clean it or professionally "wet-clean" it. The latter is preferred, as dry-cleaning can leave chemical traces, but wet-cleaning is not yet widespread. If you do dry-clean it, let it air out for a couple days before putting back to use or in storage. Look in you local yellow pages for someone who specializes in comforters and/or silk wedding gowns. Make sure they have the right machines that can handle the size of comforter you will be giving them. Ask them if they've ever cleaned a silk comforter before, and if they have not, how they think the silk floss will react. Be cautious of cleaners who immediately insist everything will be fine. It won't be cheap, but it will be worth it! See also: Silk Comforter Care
Q: I'm thinking about buying a silk comforter for my child who has allergies. What about flammability - is silk safe for bedding?
A: Like many other natural fibers, silk will burn, but it is not very flammable. It must be held to a flame constantly in order for it to continue to burn. It is considered very safe.
Q: "Spring, Summer, 8 pounds, 1 pound...." How do I know what weight to buy?
A: The answer is "it depends". It depends on where you live, how cold it gets, how warm you like to be when sleeping, what temperature you set your thermostat at, etc. One rule of thumb we like to suggest is: use a 1.5 pound (0.7 kg) fill silk comforter for 68 degrees F (20C), and then add 1.5 pounds for every 3 degrees below 68. You can also consult our silk comforter temperature chart.
Q: I live in a warm climate and need to store my silk comforter during the summer - what's the best way?
A: When storing silk, you should be careful to protect it like any other natural fiber. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place that is protected from insects like moths and beetles that may cause damage. Clean your comforter before putting it in storage, and if possible, seal it in an airtight container or bag. Natural repellents like cedar or some herbal products may be used to ward off any pests, and desiccants like silica gel packets can ensure the air around your comforter stays dry. If possible, avoid heavier-duty insecticides and old-fashioned moth balls, which will impart odors that will be difficult to remove. See also: Silk Comforter Care