by Catherine Amo
Satin dresses can be a beautiful addition to any woman's wardrobe and can be worn for many special occasions. Since satin is created from cotton, silk, acetate, rayon, nylon and/or polyester, it can be difficult to know how to clean your satin evening and formal dresses. The fiber used for the fabric of your dress will largely determine how you should care for it. This guide will help you to clean your satin dress properly and retain its versatility for years to come.
Attend to stains immediately so they do not become permanent. Treat the spot with a stain remover before washing it. If it is a blood stain, soak the dress in cold water before you use the stain remover. Avoid stain removers that contain bleach.
Dry clean satin dresses made of silk and acetate. Satin clothing made from these fibers is delicate. Hand washing or using a washing machine could break the fibers down and damage the appearance of the dress. Let professional dry cleaners take care of stains on satin dresses made from these materials as well.
Wash satin dresses made of other fibers. Turn the dress inside out and hand wash it in cool or warm water with a detergent made for delicate clothing. Although hand washing is preferred, you can also use a washing machine. Choose the delicate cycle.
Let the dress air-dry. Lay it on a thick towel and roll the towel up to squeeze out some of the water. Lay the dress on a towel to dry. You can dry it outside but keep it out of direct sunlight, which may cause the dress to fade. It is best to let the dress dry naturally.
Iron the satin dress if necessary. However, do not subject it to direct heat from the iron. Use a protective covering, such as a handkerchief or lightweight towel, to absorb some of the heat from the iron. Place the handkerchief on the dress and iron on top of the satin clothing with the iron at a low setting.
Store your dress in a cool place, away from heat sources. Radiators and sunlight that streams through windows can damage the look of the dress; plus, exposure to heat breaks down the fibers and reduces the quality of satin dresses.