How Silk Is Different Than Other Materials
Silk is widely considered as one of the softest and most luxurious bedding materials. It’s also one of the most durable natural fabrics and is hypoallergenic. The smooth surface silk produces creates a skin and hair friendly pillowcase. Sleep lines are less likely since the material doesn’t bunch up.
Silk doesn’t absorb moisture, either, so it doesn’t lead to dry skin or hair like some fabrics might. Sleepers with dry hair that frizzes easily say silk pillowcases help maintain healthier hair. Silk is breathable and thermoregulating. It will sleep cool in warm weather, but will be warm enough for winter months.
Silk Pillowcase Care and Maintenance
Silk can be prone to staining, especially from liquids, grease, and oils. It’s best to not eat in bed with silk bedding to keep bedding as clean as possible. While washing silk can seem intimidating, it’s actually relatively simple. Always check the individual pillowcase’s washing instructions to ensure the longest lifespan possible from the fabric.
Many silk pillowcases can be laundered in a washing machine on a delicate setting with cold water using a mild detergent safe for silk. Many people, however, prefer to wash silk by hand as it’s a gentler method.
Silk pillowcases should be line dried out of direct sunlight since silk is prone to color fading from the sun.
What Else Should You Consider When Buying Silk Pillowcases?
- Budget: While silk isn’t the cheapest bedding option, many silk pillowcases can be an affordable choice especially given their long lifespan. If budget is a consideration, look around for those within your price range. Some silk pillowcases will feature an additional material like cotton on the back of the pillowcase which will lower the cost.
- Set or Individual: Many silk pillowcases are sold individually. If you’re looking for more than one, be sure to check if buying as a set is an option.
- Return Policy and Warranty: If you’re not sure you’ll enjoy the feel or maintenance required for silk pillowcases, check for a sleep trial or return policy. This will allow you to try out the pillowcases at home and return them if you don’t think it’s the right choice for you.
Some brands offer a warranty on silk bedding which is an attractive addition given the higher price of silk.