Like almost everything there are pros and cons to owning a silk comforter so lets get the bad news out of the way first and talk about the cons silk comforters
Cost – there is no getting around the fact that a high quality silk comforter and cover is doing to be an investment. The manufacture of silk is a time consuming, exacting, and demanding process.
Care – a silk comforter cannot be treated like other comforters. Silk batting does not like to be laundered. An occasional airing out is all that is required. For that reason a duvet cover is a necessity. But, what happens if something is spilled on a silk comforter? It will need to be cleaned – professional cleaning is best. If things get spilled on it often, the frequent cleaning required will shorten the life of the silk. Thats it. Those are the only two negative things I can think of when it comes to silk comforters. Now for the good news about silk comforters.
Lightweight – Sleeping under one is like sleeping under a light fluffy cloud. They are lightweight yet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Breathable – The silk floss filling in a silk comforter is composed of many layers of silk, usually around 150 in a high quality comforter. This allows it to absorb moisture from the body and release it into the air. It is especially wonderful for people who suffer from excessive sweating at night such as those who suffer from night sweats or hot flashes.
Better than down – This is not a statement I take lightly because I was a huge fan of down comforters for years. But since I suffer from dust mite allergies, down was not good choice for me. Dust mites dont like silk so they avoid it. Silk has a natural protein and amino acids that help it repel dust mites, mold, and mildew. And, silk fibers are lighter than down fibers which makes silk comforter warm and cozy without feeling heavy on you. Another benefit of silk over down is that silk does not seep out of the comforter cover like down does nor are there any pesky hard ends of feathers poking you.
Good for the body – – I dont know if there is scientific proof of this or not, but the amino acids that are naturally found in silk are supposed to delay wrinkling of the skin and be good for a persons hair. Silk contains a natural cellular albumen fiber which is said to contribute to the health of skin by speeding the metabolism of skin cells which slows down the aging of the skin. The amino acids found in the silk are supposed to help with the relief of joint pain, asthma, arteriosclerosis, and insomnia.
Long lasting – a high quality silk comforter can last for many years. One company says they have customers who have been using the same silk comforter for 30 years. That is a strong testament to silks durability and strength.
Silk is one of natures wonder products. It is the strongest natural fiber in the world and yet incredibly soft and smooth. No wonder silk and the secrets to making it were a secret the Chinese guarded closely for over 2,000 years. But luckily for the rest of the world, the secret is out and silk is available world wide.