A satin beaded gown or accessory makes an elegant style statement, but if the item falls under the vintage category, special cleaning care is needed. Satin pieces that are embellished or covered with beads may tear easily under the weight of the beading, and hand washing the article could permanently discolor the satin. With a few helpful tips, you can keep your vintage item looking good for many more years to come.
Lay the item on a flat clean surface. Examine the beading and the fabric, noting any damaged areas.
Place the garment on a hanger, and cover it with a mesh bag. If the item is a purse or belt, place it inside a mesh bag without hanging it. Gently vacuum the garment, using the slitted tube attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Avoid contact with any areas missing beads.
Remove the mesh bag. Set up a handheld steamer with water. Steam clean the garment, keeping the wand 8 to 10 inches away from the satin. You want to lightly steam the item, not soak it or saturate it with water.
Wipe dust from the beads with a lint-free cloth. For deep set dirt, dab the cloth with vinegar, and wipe the beads, avoiding contact with the satin as much as possible.
Store cleaned, beaded satin in a drawer lined with acid-free tissue paper.