Curtains should be cleaned regularly to keep them in perfect condition.
In addition to vacuuming every week from top to bottom with the special fabric nozzle of your vacuum cleaner, you should ideally wash your curtains every year, regardless of the fabric they are made of.
In general, cotton and polyester curtains are the best candidates for home cleaning by following the steps below. If you have curtains made from a special fabric, such as silk or fine linen, check the care label and follow these instructions exactly.
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1. Check the Care Label
Before you do anything, check the label on your curtains and see if there are any specific care instructions.
If the label mentions such things as dry clean only hand wash only lay flat to dry or any other specific cleaning method, it is best to heed this advice.
Also, even if your curtains are made of washable fabric, the linings and seams may shrink in the wash. Play it safe and go for dry curtain cleaning when in doubt.
Likewise, dry-clean any curtains with stitched pleats, garlands, or other elaborate adornments that may not withstand washing.
Special fabrics like velour curtains can be refreshed without washing or dry cleaning; it suffices to brush them from time to time with a chamois leather soaked in hot water and well wrung out.
If silk curtains require hand washing, do so in lukewarm or cold water and add a few drops of dish soap. Wash gently and never wring, as this may damage the fabric.
For your other curtains that can be washed, follow the steps below.
2. Perform a Pre-Wash
Assuming that the information on the curtain care label does not prevent you from using the washing machine, it is recommended to perform a pre-wash first.
Vacuum or shake off as much dust as possible before washing to make sure nothing gets caught in the fibres of the curtain as they travel to the cleanest spot.
Also, be sure to remove the weights and hooks during this step to avoid damaging your curtains during the spin cycle.
Lower the hem if the fabric is likely to shrink slightly.
3. Wash your Curtains in Cold or Lukewarm Water
Unless the specific instructions on your curtain care label say otherwise, put your washing machine in delicate mode using the lowest heat setting possible and a suitable detergent.
Also, make sure you prefer to wash the curtains alone to avoid overloading the laundry. Rinse thoroughly and use a short spin cycle in the washing machine.
In the case of handwashing, ensure that the laundry is completely dissolved before immersing the curtains in the basin or tub. Do not rub or wring by wiggling the curtain back and forth.
4. Dry your Curtains in Two Stages
Once your curtains have been washed, and unless otherwise specified on the care label, put them in the dryer for a few minutes at low temperature to remove excess water.
Then shake them up and hang them up to dry. Air drying will help prevent curtains from shrinking.
5. Iron the Curtains
Iron your curtains while they are still slightly damp. Iron the iron lengthwise from the wrong side, gently stretching the fabric to prevent wrinkling at the seams.
Warning: Only iron your curtains if the care label recommends it.
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Once your curtains are ironed, dust and clean the curtain tracks, windows and ledges before putting the curtains back in place.
Routine Curtain Cleaning
After a complete cleaning, do not forget to regularly dust your curtains using the special fabric nozzle of your vacuum cleaner or with a synthetic fibre broom with a long handle.
If you use a special textile vacuum cleaner, set the suction power to the minimum so as not to suck the fabric into the nozzle. You can place a piece of stiff plastic sieve between the nozzle and the fabric to prevent this from happening, or you can attach an old nylon stocking to the nozzle with a rubber band.
If you have the option of easily removing the curtains and hanging them up, occasionally air them outside on a clothesline or place them in your dryer on the no heat or delicate cycle.