How to clean your treasured Kimono & Obi?

What should we do for cleaning special Kimono & Obi?

You may have a favorite and precious kimono or obi made of silk and wonder how to clean them.

Cleaning kimono is a delicate matter, even in Japan. Cleaners who specialize in washing kimono, obi, and other items related to kimono require high-quality techniques and expertise.
While it may be challenging to replicate the exact process followed in Japan, it is essential to handle them with care, treating them similarly to high-quality silk dresses.

When you inquire about cleaning your kimono with us, the information (such as the condition of your item, such as stains or damage, when it was purchased etc.) will be helpful. Please feel free to contact us!

Eight Important points to keep kimono, obi, and juban clean and beautiful (For fabrics made of silk or using gold threads):

Generally, water washing is not recommended as it can cause shrinkage and color fading.

It is not advisable to wash kimono or obi by yourself. It is better to entrust them to a reliable dry cleaner experienced in handling high-grade silk items.

Cleaning kimono too frequently can damage the fabric. Typically, cleaning once per season or when it becomes dirty is sufficient.

If you encounter stains such as ink, sebum, mud, or water on your kimono or obi, it is best to have them treated by a dry cleaner as soon as possible, focusing only on removing the specific stains without cleaning the entire garment.

Keep your kimono as clean as possible from both the outside and the inside. Wear a “juban” (undergarment) to protect the kimono from dirt such as sweat or sebum, ensuring it remains clean on the inside.

Antique kimono may have weakened fabric and threads. It is advisable to inform the cleaner in advance about any delicate areas.

After wearing kimono, gently brush it and allow it to air-dry in a shaded area.

Above all, try to avoid staining your kimono and obi in the first place. Handle and wear them with care 🙂

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 the juban prevents sweat, sebum, and other substances (such as cosmetics) from adhering to the kimono. The sleeves and hem serve the same purpose as well.

We wear a juban to protect the kimono from dirt around the neck, wrists, and hem. Additionally, wearing juban is beneficial for enhancing the overall appearance.

When wearing yukata,

juban is not necessary as yukata is a casual kimono typically made of cotton or ramie (or hemp) that can be washed at home.
(Note: Some types of yukata may be made of silk. In such cases, it is recommended to have them cleaned by a dry cleaner.)


We are often asked “Do you know a good kimono cleaning or restoring service provider?” and “I want to get my kimono cleaned in Japan. What should I do?” from overseas.
You also might have been displayed your favorite kimono for years.

Hello, I’m Mayumi, kimono consultant and certified kimono instructor. We will do my best to answer your questions honestly.
from USA
I have a stain on my kimono. Do you know of a good kimono cleaner? I live outside of Japan. Do you have any recommended cleaning services in my country?
We do know several trustworthy experts within Japan and can recommend the best service from among them. By sending your obi and kimono to Japan, you can connect with those specialists. When you wish to have your items cared for in Japan, we can facilitate this process. Unfortunately, we are not familiar with cleaning services outside of Japan. If you would like to send your kimono or obi to Japan for professional cleaning, please be aware that cleaning fees and shipping costs will apply, which vary depending on your location.
from Australia
Can I have my kimono washed and altered? I would like to adjust the size and make it larger. Can you do that in Japan?
Yes. We believe we can handle difficult cleaning and repairs that may not be possible outside of Japan.

If you are considering sending your kimono to Japan for cleaning, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How can we assist you to maintenance your kimono & obi?

Experts in Japan may not readily accept items from overseas due to language barriers, as many of them are not proficient in English and won’t be able to examine your kimono directly.

In Japan, we generally present our kimono or obi directly to experts for assessment, after which they carefully inspect these items.
They then provide a written estimate that outlines the necessary processes and associated costs.
This allows us to decide whether to proceed with the entire process or select specific services.

We serve as a bridge between you, who wish to clean or restore your precious kimono and obi, and the experts in Japan.

We will ask you in detail about the condition of your obi or kimono. Then, we will inquire with the appropriate experts about the feasibility of the consultation content and get an approximate estimate. This is a process that many providers find challenging due to language barriers and the time and effort involved. Also, each cleaning and restoration expert has their own area of expertise. We will choose the right one from among them and connect you.

Keep your kimono, obi, and juban clean and beautiful!

When it comes to cleaning, it depends on the current condition of the garment.

If it has been displayed in a showcase or exposed, there may be a significant amount of dirt (including invisible dust) adhering to it, not only on the surface but also between the fibers, which needs to be removed.

Silk has a low tolerance to light (sunlight, UV, room light, etc.), so the color might have partially changed. Japanese professionals can do their best to restore such color changes.

If your kimono is an antique, the fabric and threads may have deteriorated over time, requiring more delicate treatment. In some cases, it may be advisable to wash, smooth, and even remake the garment.

Small black spots on antique kimonos are likely mold. If you store a moldy kimono with other items, the mold can spread. Please be careful!

* These are general matters and it is always advisable to consult a specialist in kimono care with specific advice depending on the condition of the individual garment. Can we help you?

* Please provide details about the condition of your item, such as stains or damage, when it was purchased, and what you would like to have done 🙂

We welcome various questions and inquiries.
Please feel free to send any questions via our inquiry form or our Contact-us page.

More information about kimono re-tailoring and adjustments for kimono, obi, and juban will be available soon.

* When it comes to cleaning kimono and obi in Japan, there are costs involved such as the cleaning fee, shipping fee, and insurance. Shipping fees vary depending on your country or region of residence.