This is my second myth-busting post about silk. This time it is about silk manchester/bedding with the help of Silk Lova.
1: Silk sheets are slippery. MYTH!
Silk sheets do have less friction than your typical cotton sheets. However you will not slip off of silk sheets and onto the floor. This myth is perpetuated because silk sheets are often mistaken for impostor satin "silks" that are made from polyester which can be very slippery. FACT: Real silk sheets, on the other hand, have a very soft feel to them.
2: Silk sheets require dry cleaning.MYTH!
High quality silk sheets can be machine washed on a cold gentle cycle in cold water and do not require dry cleaning. BUT you must ensure your detergent is silk-friendly. Continued washing of silk sheets will cause the loss of some of their luster, but will actually become softer. FACT:many people find that they like their silk sheets more after they have been washed a few times.
3: Silk sheets will shrink when washed. MYTH! I touched on this topic in myprevious myth-busting post. High-quality silk sheets will not shrink when washed IF they are cared for correctly. If your sheets fit your bed correctly before washing, they will still fit the same after washing.
4: Silk sheets will catch my skin. MYTH!
This is another case of mistaken identity. Satin “silk” from polyester is both slippery whilst still catching your skin if you have areas of rough and callused skin. FACT: 100% pure silk sheets will not catch your skin the way polyester "silk" does.
5: Silk sheets are a modern-day invention.MYTH! I
Silk from the mulberry silk worm has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Initially silk was so expensive and difficult to produce, only the emperors and their closest family members were able to afford it. Eventually silk production increased and became a major currency in trade between the East and West, creating what is referred to as the Silk Road. See my post for more interesting history.
6: Silk is inexpensive to produce. MYTH!
The reason silk costs a little more than your average set of sheets is because production requires thousands of silk cocoons to be unrivaled and spun into silk thread or yarn. Between 3,000 – 5,000 cocoons are used, on average, to produce one pound of silk.