Easy Ways to Clean Your Curtain Fabric

You may not clean your curtains on daily or even weekly basis, but that does not mean they don’t need to be cleaned. Your curtains gather lot of dust, dirt, moisture, spots and stains that looks dingy. It is also not good for inner environment of your house. So, you need to clean your curtains on regular basis. Curtain cleaning is also required for better inner air quality and allergic aversions. However, you know that curtains are made of different fabrics and cleaning curtains depend heavily on curtain materials. So, how do you clean your curtain fabrics? Well, here are some easy ways to clean your curtain fabrics.

  1. Cleaning in washing machine

Washing machine is a good option for cleaning curtains depending upon the material of curtain. You should use washing machine if you have light weight fabric. Heavy fabrics should be avoided from washing machine cleaning because heavy curtains retain water. When you use washing machine you need to be sure about how to use it for cleaning. You can choose a normal cool wash with normal laundry detergent. But if you have fabric material that may shrink if washed in washing machine then you should better avoid washing them in machine. Also, in machine wash some fabric materials require special attention otherwise they may lose their quality. For example, if hot water is used for delicate cottons then fabric may shrink.

  1. Hand wash cleaning

Hand wash may be effort taking activity but it is better and safer option many a times.  Hand wash is a good option when you have delicate material and when there is a chance that fabric may shrink like in case you have 100% cotton curtain fabric. You cannot hand wash heavy materials because it is difficult and also removing all the water just by hands is not always possible. As a result, drying will also take longer time than desired. So, you should use hand wash for light weight fabric and delicate material.

  1. Steam cleaning

When cleaning heavy material curtains which if washed would take long time to dry, steam cleaning is an excellent option. Also curtains which are positioned in pace from where it is difficult to pull them down from the roll like ones in your living room, can be quickly cleaned by steam cleaning. If you have high quality steam cleaner then you can use it cleaning your curtains quite frequently.

  1. Dry cleaning

There are some formal or lined curtains, which can be best dry cleaned only. Especially if you have expensive curtains and you are not sure about how to clean them, you should better take it to the experts, dry cleaning house. Don’t try to clean ‘Dry clean only’ curtains on your own, but if you want to try by all means then try your hand on one panel of it first, so that you don’t end up ruining your entire curtain.

So, these are some easy options or ways to clean your curtain fabric. You need to maintain your curtain on regular basis so that they are in shape, size and quality as desired. You can also ask your curtain manufacturer if you have any doubt about how to clean your curtain fabric.

Some effective tips on curtain care

Curtains are integral part of your home. You buy different types of curtains for doors, windows and other spaces. You not only see their functional part but you also choose curtains to enhance interior value of your space. However nothing remains beautiful and fresh if it is not taken care of. You can maintain quality of your curtains by following some useful tips on curtain care. Here are some of them:

  1. Care for window curtains

Before you wash curtains, you should remove all hardware from them. When you wash curtains, make sure to check the care label first. If you have any kind of doubt then you should initially test by washing a small corner of the curtains, with a mix of water and a small amount of liquid laundry detergent or liquid dish soap. Generally most curtains which are washable are needed to be washed in cold water with a small amount of laundry detergent. If you have curtains with delicate lace or you have sheer curtains then you may wash it with hands or machine inside a mesh bag.

  1. Don’t wash always

You cannot wash your curtains always. There are many reasons for not to wash curtains. There may be lining, or any trims and embellishments which are not washable or drapery and lining may be made of different fibers. So, if you go for washing then the fabric may shrink and your curtain would hang stiff and poorly. If the fabric has weakened because of sunlight then also you should avoid washing. Sometimes, your curtains may be too large for your washing machine also.

  1. Press when necessary

After you washed your curtains you need to press them. Apart from this other curtains which you have not washed like that of your living room or bedroom curtains, you can occasionally iron them also to keep pleats looking crisp and to keep the fabric fresh. You should keep in mind when you iron that you don’t damage the fabric. For this when ironing, you can always turn them inside out, put your iron on a low setting and glide the iron gently over the fabric and material of the curtain.

 

  1. Caring for Lace

You should use dryer on the air cycle to remove dust from lace curtains. If you have lace curtains then check if they are hand- or machine-washable. If they are then you can follow the directions given for the wash on the label or you can gently wash in cool water. You can use detergent that comes for fine washables.

 

  1. Taking care of sun light

Sun is damaging to curtains. Dust and grime are also destructive to curtain fabrics. If you have light-colored fabrics of your curtains then they generally reflect sunlight and resist fading. And if you have dark colored fabrics then they absorb light and fade. So, to protect curtain fabrics from sun you can use lined window treatments, blinds, or shades.