How to Clean a Beaded Satin Dress Top

Intricate beadwork adds to the price tag of a satin top.
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Whether you nabbed it at a vintage shop or splurged at your favorite department store, the combination of satin and beading is what made that top totally irresistible -- and totally expensive. Satin can be made with materials including silk, polyester and nylon, and the beading is either sewn into or glued onto the top. Whatever the garment's price tag or construction, check the care label before you clean it. If it's safe to hand wash your new favorite beaded satin top, do it the right way so you prevent missing beads and damage to the delicate fabric.

Fill a plastic basin or clean sink with 1 gallon of cool or lukewarm water. Add 1 tablespoon mild laundry detergent to the water and swish it around until suds form. A mild soap won't contain any dyes or perfumes.

Turn the beaded top inside out and lower it into the water. Grab the top gently while it's underwater and swish it around to work the soap through the garment. Never twist or scrub the top.

Lift the beaded top out of the soapy water and carefully lay it on a towel. Empty the water from the basin or pull the plug on the sink. Rinse out the basin or sink to eliminate any remaining soap. Refill the sink or basin with cool water for rinsing.

Submerge the beaded top in the water and pull it out right away. Continue to lower and pull the beaded top out of the water to rinse out the soap. You might need to replace the water to eliminate all the soap.

Hold the damp beaded satin top over the sink or basin for a few minutes and let the excess water drain out. Place a towel flat on the floor or a clean table and lay the beaded top over it. Lay another towel over the beaded top. Gently press down on the towel to eliminate the excess water.

Lay the top flat over the top of an indoor drying rack. Allow it to dry completely before wearing or storing it.

  • If the top is labeled “Dry clean only,” take it to the dry cleaner rather than trying to wash it.
  • Only clean your top when absolutely necessary. If you wear it for a short time, hang it up to air out instead of washing it.

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.