Hey! I did a google search on cleaning silk scarves but I just wanted to get some personal opinions, since I didn't really trust the websites that came up.
So I was cleaning out my scarf drawer and found, very sadly, that something spilled on my Dior silk scarf. I really think the only thing that could have spilled on it is water from one of my fish tanks that's on the dresser, since it had to have gotten damaged while in the drawer. This scarf was at the very front so if a little dripped down it could have gotten on just the one. The scarf has an area on it, about 6"x6" that is kind of hard, and a bit darker. Since I think it was just water I'm really wary of hand washing it. I'm also wary of dry cleaning it. Do you guys trust your dry cleaners with your scarves? I don't know how much this scarf cost, but it is priceless to me because my grandmother (who has since passed away) brought it back from Paris for me. I read online that vintage scarves should be treated differently, the scarf is at least 10 years old, but she probably bought it new 10 years ago, so I don't think it's vintage.
It's 100% silk, very sheer, and different shades of pink and purple flowers.
Anyway should I try to do something with it? It's still wearable if I do nothing, I would prefer it to be perfect, but if trying to fix it will make it worse I would just leave it. I live in the Detroit area if anyone knows of a trustworthy cleaner to bring it in the area. I also have a condo in Chicago and a condo in Naples, Florida so I could bring it with me next time I go down, if anyone knows of good cleaners there. I feel like Chicago or Naples may have cleaners with more experience with luxury goods.
I have actually hand washed silk scraves with no issue. Depending on what the stain is
(water alone would not make the fabric hard) dry cleaning may not get it out unless the cleaner knows what it is to pre-treat it properly.
You may want to sample hand wash a tiny area, to see the results, next to the stain. It is possible that just clear water used to soak the stain may remove the dirt.
Try dabbing the spot with a water soaked cloth. COLD WATER ONLY
Obviously the route you take is your call. Good luck!