We all know that curtains can bring wonderful qualities to your home. Curtains diffuse light beautifully or even block it completely. Your curtains are also an investment in your home, so taking good care of them is important to get the most value.
Every day, curtains are exposed to dust and dirt, which affects their lifespan, as there are different types of curtains. Whether you have sheer or blackout curtains in your home, below you'll learn how to clean and maintain your new curtains so they look as stylish and beautiful as when you installed them.
1. Start by cleaning the surrounding area regularly
The bottom edges of the curtains show dirt first, as they rest on the windowsill or on the floor, where they can collect dust.
By regularly dusting and vacuuming window sills and floor coverings, you will help keep your curtains and curtain linings free of dust and grime.
2, vacuuming curtains
Next, vacuum the curtains
Dust can build up over time, but there's an easy fix. All lined curtains can be vacuum cleaned.
Use a small brush attachment designed for furniture and upholstery.
Begin by closing the curtains completely, then lightly brush over the attachments in front of the curtains.
You'll get the best results by moving from top to bottom, paying particular attention to the edges. Repeat the same process on the lining or back of the curtain.
Can you use a steamer for curtains?
Steaming is one of the best ways to remove drapes from curtains, and hand-held fabric steamers are available off the street or online.
3. First, close the curtains and clean with a vacuum cleaner.
Wait until your steamer has reached the correct temperature, then move it to the curtain.
Start at the top and make a wide sweep at the bottom of the curtain.
While your curtains are still slightly damp, you can complete the look by smoothing out any creases and creating neat folds based on how the curtains hang.
4. Can the curtains be washed?
There are different options for cleaning curtains.
Some fabrics, such as velvet, brocade, wool or silk, are not suitable for machine washing wet because the fabric may shrink.
Find out if your curtains are suitable for washing or dry cleaning by checking the fabric samples on the website. This will tell you if your curtains can only be vacuumed, or can be dry cleaned or washed.
Dry cleaning can be expensive, but you'll know your curtains aren't at risk of shrinking.
If your curtains are not suitable for dry cleaning, follow the directions above to vacuum and then steam.
5. If your curtains are suitable for washing, please follow the instructions below.
Remove curtains, remove hooks and weights.
If tightened, loosen the curtain head.
Rinse off with cold water.
Put in the washing machine and follow the cycle guidelines if the manufacturer's instructions allow it.
If hand washing, prepare a large bowl of warm water, dissolve mild detergent, and spin the curtains in the water. Rinse well, squeeze out excess water and hang to dry.
Iron the curtains while they are still slightly damp, as this makes it easier to remove the creases.
6. How to remove mold on curtains
If you have condensation on the windows of your room, this can cause mold to appear on the curtain lining. It is difficult to effectively remove mold without discoloring the fabric, so take precautions to prevent it.
Always keep the room warm and ventilated.
Simple measures like opening windows can help reduce the spread of mold.
For rooms that are particularly prone to moisture, buy a dehumidifier.
7. How to remove stubborn stains on curtains
If you've tried vacuuming and there are still stains on the curtains, what else can you do?
Gently wipe the affected area with a clean cloth soaked in warm water.
Avoid using alkaline detergents or stain removers, as this may affect the color of the fabric.