If you haven’t done the spring cleaning yet, don’t worry: it’s not too late. If you wonder what the best way to wash your curtains is, here are a few tips to help you get all the dust and dirt out of your curtains safely and efficiently:
First, Check the Label
Always check any labels from the manufacturer for specific instructions for washing before going ahead and cleaning your curtains.
If they can be machine washed, this is probably the easiest way to ensure that any dirt, smell or stains are removed. Just to be on the safe side, use a delicate cycle program on your washing machine, or if you don’t have one, use a slow spin and cool wash for the curtains. Unless there are other instructions, normal laundry detergent should be safe to use. Machine washing is most suitable for lightweight curtains, as heavier fabrics will retain more water.
If your drapery needs to be hand washed, always use a mild washing detergent, and remember to wear rubber gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin. Since curtains absorb smells such as cigarette smoke, cooking, and other odours if the curtains are more delicate and light coloured, this can lead to discolouration and even stains. These should come out if you hand wash, machine wash or steam clean your curtains. With a good laundry detergent, the smell and the stains will disappear.
If your curtains are prone to shrinking, hand wash them with cool water and detergent. You can use your regular laundry washing solution, or a special soap for more delicate fabrics when hand washing your curtains. Always follow the instructions in order to use the appropriate concentration and quantity of the washing detergent. Hand washing is especially suitable for curtains made of 100% cotton or wool, and for heavier fabrics which retain more water and take more time to dry.
If your curtains can be steam cleaned, you can use your home carpet and upholstery steam cleaning machine to wash them. Use the attachment for cleaning upholstery. It is advisable to start from the top and work your way to the bottom of the curtain when using a steam cleaning machine. Make sure you keep the steam cleaner at a safe distance from the curtain when cleaning it so that you don’t oversaturate it with water and damage it. Steam cleaning is very suitable for curtains made of heavy materials as it doesn’t require that you take the curtains down from the rail.
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