Option 2: Hand Wash Curtains
Hand washing curtains can sometimes be the safer option:
- Either use your regular laundry detergent, or a soap specifically designed for hand washing delicates. It’s best to choose a gentle soap to avoid damage to the material.
- Follow the instructions on your chosen product to hand wash – different products will require different concentrations.
When to hand wash curtains: Hand washing curtains is a bigger chore than simply putting them in the washing machine, but it does reduce the risk of shrinking, and it’s a good choice for delicate materials such as 100 percent cotton. It’s best not to hand wash very heavy materials simply because it’s difficult to remove all the water, prolonging the drying time.
Option 3: Steam Cleaning Curtains
Using a good quality steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment is one of the most convenient methods of curtain cleaning.
- Be sure to start from the top and work your way down the curtain.
- If you notice that the material is becoming wet, hold the appliance further away from the curtain.
- Be careful when using a steam cleaner: always read the manufacturer’s instructions before you begin, and remember that steam can burn you – so ensure you wear appropriate protective clothing.
When to use a steam cleaner for curtain cleaning: Steam cleaning curtains is an excellent choice for curtains made from very heavy materials or for curtains that are particularly difficult to take down from the rail.
After Curtain Cleaning, What is the Best Way to Dry Them?
Don’t be tempted to put wet curtains into the dryer. The tumbling motion can cause stubborn creases to appear that not even a hot iron can remove. The best way to dry curtains is to hang them outside, away from direct sunlight to avoid bleaching, and in a breezy place if possible. Letting curtains dry naturally in a hanging position allows the creases to fall out, and a quick iron afterwards will have them looking like new.
How Can I Make Cleaning the Curtains Easier?
There are a number of ways you can reduce the need to clean household materials like curtains. By simply following a few rules, you can just give your curtains a proper wash every now and then, rather than on a regular basis.
- Try to reduce the absorption of smells. When cooking, keep the kitchen door closed, and try to limit smoking to outdoors only.
- Vacuum your curtains regularly with a soft brush attachment to remove everyday dust and dirt and prevent stains from becoming ground into the material.
- If bad smells are continuing to be a problem, give your curtains a good airing every so often. Take them down off the rail and hang them in the breeze for an hour or two to freshen them up.
Voila! Your newly cleaned curtains offer a brighter, fresher home both inside and out.