Saree is an important part of Indian fashion for many centuries. Women in India and aboard wears the saris in their daily life, ranging from ones to wear at home to the ones which they choose to wear to work. Special effort to don elaborate ones for special occasions like weddings, celebrating baby full moon, birthdays, and festivals that are special to them like Deepavali or Diawali. With the rich diverse cultures and vast land in India, the varieties and types of sarees has also evolved to quite an extensive range to date.

However, for the saree user, the most challenging task is to upkeep the saree. Due to the varieties and types, the cleaning method could be diversely different. To help you, here are 5 tips on saree care.

  • Know your saree type. To start with,  based on the fabric type, you will require different type of cleaning.  The type ranges from cotton, silk, gerogette, chiffon,crepe organza, brocade, velvet, stain and net. Within the type, there are also different versions. For example, the silk sarees have versions like Gota, Tanjore , Jamavar. There also also more complex sarees which see fabrics being mixed like silk on wool, cotton on silk. The most common type is the cotton saree which can be washed at home using the washing machine. If you have silk and cotton sarees, care should be exercised to separate them through putting the silk ones into nettings or doing a different washing program for the different type. Also, there is also distinction between pure, blended or faux fabrics. Pure fabrics usually require you to dry clean instead of using water to wash. With many years of experience, Dry Cleaners like us at Reward Laundry, are able to tell the material when it is send for cleaning and provide the care it needs.
  • Know your saree design. Most sarees come with some form of embroidery and  embellishments. More elaborate ones that are used for special events tend to have more sequins, embroidery, lace work, golden and silver threads work, zari work, beads and beautiful prints . Hence, for such elaborate ones, it is better to send them to dry cleaning experts like us at Reward Laundry to provide the delicate care it needs.

  • Coloring needs. Most sarees come in bright colors and over time, the color might fade if not wash properly. Most silk(pattu) saree should be wash in cold water and with protein shampoo so that it can conserve the true nature of silk saree. In addition, to keep the color, it should be dried at a shady place, and never directly under the hot sun.

  • Stain Removal. It is quite impossible to avoid stains in a lifetime for your saree. However, there are a few steps to treat the stain. The best treatment happens when it is treated immediately. When it happens, you can use a paper towel to absorb as much as u can before the stain dries on the saree. Thereafter, you can either use the various ways to remove the stains depending on the type. For example, sweat , blood and oil, you can use mild detergent. However for more difficult stains like grease, coffee or tea and nail polish stains, it is advisable to send them to the professional dry cleaners like us at Reward Laundry to treat it. The dry cleaners would also be able to treat stains that are there for a long time. However, the degree of removal still do depend on the severity and how long the stain is there.

  • Storage. One of the most important steps is the way we store the saree after wash. It is better store it in the hanging position. You can choose to unfold and change the folding from time to time. If the sarees are for special occasions, it is recommended that you talk to the dry cleaners like us at Reward Laundry on options of preservation to prolong the life of the saree.

At Reward Laundry, we provide professional one stop services for your saree care needs. Call us to get your saree pick up from your home and we will send them back to you once dry cleaned.