Cleaning your kimono & obi outside Japan

You might have your favorite and precious kimono or obi which are made of silk and wonder how to clean them.

Cleaning kimono is very delicate matter even in Japan.
Cleaning shops that specialize in washing kimono & obi (and other things relating to kimono) are required high quality techniques and expertise.
Although it may be difficult to do in the same way as Japanese do, treat them basically as well as high-quality silk dress.

Important points:

* Water-wash is basically prohibited. (Causes of shrinkage and color off)

* It’s not advisable to wash kimono or obi by yourself. It’s better to leave them to a reliable dry cleaning shop which can treat high-grade silk items.

* Frequently cleaning kimono causes a damage the cloth. Usually, cleaning is enough once in a season or when it gets dirty.

* When you get stains with blot, sebum, mud, water and the like on kimono or obi, leave it to a dry-cleaning shop to remove only such stains (no need to clean whole cloth) as soon as possible.

* Keep your kimono clean as possible as you can from both the outside and the inside. (we wear “juban” and underwear to guard kimono from dirt such as sweat or sebum, keeping kimono clean from the inside.)

* The cloth and threads of antique kimono may have waned. You had better tell it to the cleaning shop in advance.

* After wearing kimono, brush it softly and shade-dry it.

Apart from anything else, try not to smirch your kimono and obi first.
Treat and wear them carefully:)

Collar of juban prevents kimono from adhering sweat and sebum or others (cosmetics etc.) to kimono.  Sleeves and hem do as well.
The collar of juban prevents kimono from adhering sweat and sebum or others (cosmetics etc.) to kimono. Sleeves and hem do as well.

We put on juban in order to guard kimono from dirt around the neck, wrists and hem. And also it’s beneficial for dressing up.

When wearing yukata, juban is not needed since yukata is casual kimono made of cotton or ramie (or hemp) and washable at home.
(Some types of yukata are made of silk. In that case, you’d better leave it to a dry-cleaning shop.)