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How Do I Clean Curtains?

Any tips and tricks and or the best way to clean them?

jamestodd54,

Machine washing is fine, but according to this Consumer Reports article:

How to Clean Your Curtains - Mary H.J. Farrell (March, 2018)

Constant exposure to sunlight can render even sturdy fabrics fragile. So when machine-washing curtains and draperies, use the gentle cycle, cool or lukewarm water, and mild detergent. If possible, hang on a clothesline to dry, or put them in a clothes dryer on a no-heat or delicate setting.

Thanks,

RNO

I take them down and wash them by hand usually. I find it better to scrub them myself and give each corner the attention it needs. Although I only do this once in around 6 months maybe?

It comes down to the material your curtains are made of. If they're fabric, you may be able to clean them in the wash. But, some may require dry cleaning or hand washing. Some curtains can be cleaned with just some warm water and soap. Just make sure there's no bleach in the soap.

Also, don't forget you may need to use a vacuum to clean up dust and other debris first. Then either throw it in the wash, or hand wash it.

In my family we always used the washing machine and all is ok. Some light curtains could by washed manually.

Some people take them to laundry companies, they likely know what to do with every type of curtain.

I have fabric curtains which I normally washed as from instruction provided by manufacturer. Have a look the site which will give you more information:

https://www.consumerreports.org/laundry-cleaning/curtain-cleaning-tips/

Run them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with cold water. That's my general rule for cleaning curtains. You just don't want to be aggressively washing/drying your precious cloth so be mindful with the dryer.

If you don't want to machine-clean, simply fill up your bathtub with lukewarm water and a dash of mild detergent. Then soak your curtains thoroughly and dry slowly.

If your curtains are large and heavy, you may find it easier to get them dry cleaned rather than washing.

If your curtains are made from velvet, velour, chenille, tapestry, brocade, wool or silk they should be dry-cleaned. The same applies for interlined curtains.

Quote from R N O on July 17, 2020, 2:41 am

jamestodd54,

Machine washing is fine, but according to this Consumer Reports article:

How to Clean Your Curtains - Mary H.J. Farrell (March, 2018)

Constant exposure to sunlight can render even sturdy fabrics fragile. So when machine-washing curtains and draperies, use the gentle cycle, cool or lukewarm water, and mild detergent. If possible, hang on a clothesline to dry, or put them in a clothes dryer on a no-heat or delicate setting.

Thanks,

RNO

I never thought about this. I usually just wash them like any other cloth. And its true, i have had experience of my curtain fading after prolonged exposure to sunlight when drying them.

This article was helpful. Just in time!

Well if you've a washing machine , you can use it to wash your curtains , add some detergent, you can also add some fabric softener.