Curtains are an essential part of any home decor, providing both privacy and style to any room. However, with regular use, curtains can quickly become dirty and require cleaning. It's important to know how to properly care for your curtains to ensure their longevity and maintain their appearance. In this care guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about washing and storing your curtains to keep them looking fresh and new for years to come.
Every 3-6 months
The Right Way To Wash Curtains
Washing Curtains in the Washer
Remove any hooks, rings, or hardware from the curtains.
Sort your curtains by fabric type and color. Wash light-colored curtains separately from dark-colored ones to avoid color bleeding.
Check the care label on the curtains for washing instructions. If the label says the curtains are machine washable, proceed to the next step.
Place the curtains in the washing machine, making sure not to overload the machine. If necessary, wash the curtains in two loads to ensure they have enough room to move freely.
Select a gentle cycle and use cold water to avoid shrinkage or damage to the fabric. Use a mild detergent to avoid damaging the fabric or fading the color.
Start the wash cycle and wait until it's finished.
Remove the curtains from the washing machine and hang them up to air dry. Do not use the dryer unless the care label specifically says it is safe to do so. If the curtains are wrinkled after washing, iron them on a low heat setting.
Fill a bathtub or large sink with cool or lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent.
Submerge the curtains in the water and gently scrub them with your hands to distribute the soap. Pay extra attention to any soiled areas or stains.
Drain the soapy water and refill the tub or sink with clean water to rinse the curtains thoroughly.
Gently squeeze out the excess water from the curtains. Do not wring or twist the curtains as this can damage the fabric and cause wrinkles.
Hang the curtains up to air dry. You may also lay them flat on a towel to dry if necessary. Do not use the dryer unless the care label specifically says it is safe to do so. If the curtains are wrinkled after washing, iron them on a low heat setting.
Dry Cleaning Curtains
If the care label on your curtains says "Dry Clean Only," take them to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash them at home as it may damage the fabric or color.
How Often To Wash Curtains
Curtains can collect dust, pet hair, and other allergens over time. They should be washed every 3-6 months to maintain hygiene and to prevent the buildup of allergens that can cause respiratory issues.
The Right Way To Store Curtains
How to Fold Curtains
Lay the curtains flat on a surface.
Fold in half vertically, matching the top edge to the bottom edge.
Fold in half horizontally, matching the left edge to the right edge.
Repeat the previous steps until the size of the fold fits your storage space.
Smooth out any wrinkles or creases.
Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Curtains
To keep curtains in top shape, it's important to follow the care label instructions for washing and drying. Additionally, there are some practical tips to keep in mind. For example, avoid washing curtains with heavy or abrasive materials that could cause damage to the fabric, and wash them separately according to color and fabric type to prevent color bleeding. Using mesh bags can help protect delicate fabrics from snagging or damage during the washing process. It's also a good idea to secure any closures, such as hooks or rings, to prevent snagging. When air drying curtains, avoid direct sunlight, which can cause fading, and instead hang them in a well-ventilated area. Finally, it's recommended to fold curtains neatly and store them in a cool, dry place to prevent wrinkles and damage.
Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for curtains only provides general advice. Your curtains may have specific care requirements based on its material, style, and manufacturer instructions, so always check the care label before washing or storing it. If you're unsure about anything, it's always best to consult a professional cleaner. Please note that the author of this guide is not responsible for any damages or losses resulting from the use or misuse of any information from this blog.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.