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Frequently asked questions
How do you clean and care for silk wild rags?
Place your silk scarf in cold water with a mild detergent, leave to soak (no more than 5 minutes). Swish the scarf slowly and gently, then rinse with fresh water. To help keep its hydrated feel, use a fabric conditioner in the final rinse (or even a small amount of hair conditioner). Rinse well again in cold water, then ball your scarf together to remove excess moisture (wringing your silk out will damage it’s fibers). Lay it flat to dry or roll it in a towel to absorb any lingering moisture.
How do you remove wrinkles from your silk wild rag?
Most wrinkles in silk can simply be steamed out, but not everyone owns a steamer. A great steamer hack is to hang your scarf in the bathroom and let it steam while you take a hot shower.
If you can’t steam the creases out then here are a few tips on how to safely iron your silk:
- Set the iron to low heat (or the silk setting).
- Iron silk only once it’s dry and be sure to put a cloth between the silk and the iron.
- Do not spray or wet silk while ironing, you may get water-stains.
How do you hem your rags?
All hems are rolled and then serged on silk rags. Cotton rags are serged only.
What quality is your silk?
The boring stuff in the textile world that classifies the quality of silk is determined by mm, or momme. The higher the mm the higher silk quality it is.
Here at Wild West Rag Co. we NEVER use silk under a 12mm. Most of our silks are 16mm to 30mm.
Why do you not like polyester fabric?
Polyester is made in a lab and is used to create many things such as home furnishing, boat covers and the cover for diapers. It’s widely mass-produced, therefore has become a very cheap material to buy.
While polyester feels strong, it’s unbearable to wear. There is no breathability in the fabric, the unnatural chemicals are not made for constant human contact. Manufactures love to use polyester because it’s cheap, thus putting all the cost on the customers.
Polyester is advertised as being wrinkle-free, but due to the chemicals that go into making these fabrics, polyester can be disastrous on sensitive skin and we don't want that to be wrapped around your neck all day.
What are the differences in types of silk you use?
Our most used silks are charmeuse, crêpe-de-chine, jacquard, and twill.
- Charmeuse - This is a satin-weave, lightweight silk fabric with a shiny right side and matte wrong side. Charmeuse is soft and drapes well. The mm for our charmeuse is 16mm-30mm.
- Crêpe-De-Chine - This is a lightweight, plain-weave, smooth silk fabric which drapes well. It has a matte texture and muted luster. The mm for our crepe-de-chine is 16mm-18mm.
- Jacquard - Is distinguished by its diverse woven patterns. Woven of matte and reflective threads, jacquard has a contrasting light and dark luster. These are generally a medium weight and more densely woven. The mm for our jacquard is 14mm-20mm.
- Twill - Combines the utilitarian strength of the twill weave with the natural strength of silk! A fabric with an obvious weave but still maintaining a smooth texture that is easy to wear. It is a nice weight, with a wonderful drape, great luster and excellent durability for the weight of the fabric. The mm for our silk twill is always 18mm.
What are the differences in types of cotton you use?
Our most used cottons are shirting cotton, cotton voile, and cotton and silk blends.
- Shirting Cotton - Cotton fabric is breathable, transmits moisture away from the body and is absorbent and removes liquid from the skin. Cotton allows you to remain comfortable as you work, keeping moisture from building up between your skin and clothing.
- Cotton Voile - Voile is a lightweight, semi-sheer, woven fabric that is usually 100% cotton. Voile tends to have a higher thread count and a tighter weave than most cotton fabrics, making it soft and silky to the touch. Voile has a somewhat slippery texture and is known for its light drape. It's lightweight, breathable nature makes it great for making wild rags.
- Cotton and Silk Blend - A soft, lightweight fabric which has a cotton weave combined with the luster and drape of silk. It’s the best of both fabrics and highly breathable.
Where do you ship from?
We ship out of Dewey, Arizona.
Who makes your wild rags? Where are they made?
Every single wild rag we have and have sold has been handmade by one of us at Wild West Rag Co.
All of them are made in the United States of America.
What do you recommend?
We will always recommend silk. We proudly specialize in silk and all of us at Wild West Rag Co. love it. The type of silk you may want will change depending on the person, which you can read about above, but if you ever have any questions about specific rags, feel free to contact us any time and we'll happily let you know anything you may ask.