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Explain the Household method of laundering a silk garment.

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Steps followed for laundering a silk garment are as follows : 

1. Preparation: Firstly examine the garments for holes, tears and stains. 

2. Steeping: If the garments are much soiled it can be done in luke warm or cold water for a short time (10-15 minutes). 

3. Washing: Should be washed with gentle handling using kneading and squeezing method. Use neutral soaps for washing.

4. Rinsing: Should be done in clear tap water. Last rinse with vinegar increases lusture of silk garment. 

5. Stiffening: It requires a treatment of gum water for stiffness, proper shape and shine. 

6. Drying and Ironing: Coloured silk should be dried in shade while white silk in sunlight. Silk should be properly ironed before they are completely dry.

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