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How To Care For A Silk Wild Rag

A "wild rag" is a cowboy or Western scarf worn around the neck. Wild rags are worn for warmth in cold temperatures, and for protection from sun, wind, and dirt anytime. In many regions wild rags are a standard part of cowboy dress whether it be for work or social occasions. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and fabrics, with silk being one of the most popular fabric choices.

Below: A silk wild rag.

A wild rag with a scarf slide

Silk offers many benefits in a wild rag, including:

With all of its benefits, silk can be somewhat temperamental to care for. Below are some tips to help you care for your silk cowboy wild rags and keep them looking their best.

If your silk wild rag came with care instructions from the manufacturer, use the manufacture's instructions instead of the tips or information you may find here.

Washing A Silk Wild Rag

With a little care most silk wild rags can be washed in a washing machine or by hand. Properly washing silk will restore its vivid colors and natural sheen. When washing your silk wild rags keep these things in mind about silk:

To Machine Wash A Silk Wild Rag

Below: A soiled, deeply wrinkled silk wild rag in need of a wash.

A soiled, wrinkled silk wild rag

Below: The same silk wild rag shown above after being machine washed (using the optional vinegar rinse) and tumbled dry in a cool dryer.

A freshly washed silk wild rag

To Dry

To Hand Wash A Silk Wild Rag

To Dry

Removing Wrinkles From A Wild Rag

If your silk wild rag is wrinkled, you can steam it, press it, or wash it to remove the wrinkles. Keep in mind, however, that heat can be damaging to silk. Any heat applied to a silk garment to remove wrinkles should be as cool as possible, and applied for the shortest amount of time possible, to get the job done.

Below: A garment steamer being used to steam wrinkles from a red silk wild rag.

Using steam to remove wrinkles from a silk wild rag

How To Tie A Wild Rag

Wild rags are usually secured around the neck by a scarf slide or some type of fashionable knot. To learn how to tie one kind of wild rag knot, please see our article How To Tie A Wild Rag.

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