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We take care to choose window treatments that add to the beauty of our homes. But maintaining those window treatments, can seem like a mystery. How often should you be cleaning curtains? How do you protect delicate sheers? Can you use a washing machine? Cleaning curtains doesn't have to be difficult...these tips will help.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 1 hour

Here's How:

  1. Weekly Care

    For weekly care, use the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum heavier weight curtains. For light weight curtains, an occasional shaking is more practical to protect delicate fabric.

  2. Washing Curtains

    Remove all hardware from your curtains before washing. When washing curtains, be sure to check the care label first. If you're in doubt about your curtains, try spot testing a small corner with a mix of water and detergent. Most washable curtains will need to be washed in cold water with a small amount of laundry detergent.

  3. Drying Curtains

    Line drying or using a low setting on a clothes dryer will both work for washable curtains. Remove the curtains from the dryer before they are 100% dry. Shoot for a 95% dry removal. Over drying will set wrinkles, but removing while still slightly damp, make ironing curtains a super simple job.

  4. Press and Replace

    A quick ironing will be all that is needed. Replace your curtain hardware, and rehang your curtains.

Tips:

  1. Delicate lace and sheer curtains may benefit from being hand washed or machine washed inside a mesh bag. In a pinch, I've washed delicate curtains inside an old pillowcase that is tied shut tightly. This prevents fraying and damage.
  2. Even the sturdiest curtain fabrics will weaken with exposure to sunlight. I'll never forget pulling a set of cotton curtains of the rod, only to have them tear apart right in my hand. Use caution with your curtains, especially if they've served your windows for an extended period of time.

What You Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Upholstery Attachment
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Washing Machine
  • (or) Hand washing supplies
  • Clothes Dryer
  • (or) Line Dryer
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