Raw Silk has always been a cleaning controversy. Manufacturers recommended hand washing and not dry cleaning, until the green dry cleaning process was introduced.
Interestingly, we learned that raw silk companies dislike Perc (Perchloroethylene) because of it’s highly toxic and carcinogenic nature and have typically recommended hand washing, realizing that there could be some shrinkage. Today many raw silk labels specifically call for green or organic dry cleaning.
In a test conducted by the Consumers Union, researchers found that green dry cleaners and organic dry cleaning were not only safer but more effective dry cleaning methods compared to traditional toxic solvents.
Green dry cleaning is the best cleaning method for raw silk because of the odorless formula (raw silk retains odors)and superior natural cleaning properties. The process also provides the least risk of shrinking.