Once you’ve done all your research and invested in some curtains to suit your decor and to add both style and functionality to your home, you’ll want to take the time to care for your curtains correctly to keep them looking their best. Whether you’re looking to care for those heavy lined curtains in your bedroom or those delicate sheer curtains in your lounge, this caring for your curtains guide by SG-S will help you get started with the essentials.
- Step ladder
- Vacuum cleaner and upholstery attachment
- Laundry liquid
- Washing machine/hand washing facility
- Clothes dryer/clothes line
- Steam iron or garment steamer
- Clean sponge and cloth
- Upholstery cleaner for spot cleaning
Watch out for dust build-up
When it comes to dust and dirt build-up which can lead into gradual stains, it’s often curtains that are the most neglected and the most overlooked item when it comes to home cleaning. Dust really can build up quickly on your curtains and can lead to permanent and tough-to-remove stains. This is why vacuuming on a monthly basis is a good idea to prevent any unnecessary build-up.
Vacuuming your curtains is still thoroughly recommended, however if you’re a bit short of time and energy and you have lighter weight curtains in your home, shaking them occasionally can also do the trick of preventing too much build-up. For vacuuming, a handlheld cleaner is much easier to use but a normal vacuum cleaner is perfectly fine as well.
Working from the top to the bottom (either whilst your curtains are still hanging or removed from the rail), use the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum and keep it on the lowest setting possible to avoid any pulls or snags on the curtain material.
Protect from direct sunlight
When planning the curtains for your home, it’s vital to consider how much or how little light you get into that particular room, as this will affect the type of curtains you buy. For example, light coloured materials are ideal for a room which receives lots of direct sunlight, as light coloured fabrics can reflect the sunlight and can also resist fading.
Avoid faded curtains from direct sunlight (whether you have light or dark curtains) by ensuring your curtains have a proper lining, as the lining will catch most of the fading. Blinds and shades are also very effective protection (if your window has the space) as they will add an additional layer between your curtains and the direct sunlight.
Wash curtains with care
Before diving straight in and throwing your curtains into the washing machine, ensure to check the washing instructions of your curtains on the care label first, as some curtains might be dry clean or spot clean only.
To start the washing process, it’s best to check for any obvious stains and build-up before putting in the washing machine, as the machine/dryer can quite often set a stain. If there are any immediate stains, it’s always best to spot clean the stain using upholstery cleaner and a dampened cloth first. For some curtains, this might be the only way of washing your curtains.
For curtains that are machine washable, it’s advised to wash them at least once a year but no more than once a season, as this will help to keep their quality and durability. Some fabrics such as silk and velvet will most likely need dry cleaning, so be sure to look out for this on your care label.
Dry curtains with care
So you’ve now washed your curtains and unsure when it comes to drying them. Well, depending on the care label instructions will depend on whether the curtains are dry clean only or can be machine dried on a low setting. If you have a space big enough, most curtains are best just air-dried on the clothes line which is also better for the environment!
When drying your curtains with a machine dryer, you should always have it on a low heat with a gentle cycle. It might be quite time consuming but it’s definitely worth it in the long run to keep your curtains in the best condition possible. You should also bear in mind that to avoid any heavy creasing, the curtains should be hung back on the rail whilst they are still slightly damp as most creases will simply drop out after a little while.
If you have the time and patience and there is some creasing which is particularly bothering you, there is the option of ironing your curtains. This is where a garment steamer can really work wonders, as you won’t even need to take the curtains off the rail, whereas you will need to if you only own a normal steam iron. Just be sure to iron on the reverse side of the curtains to prevent any damages.
Guest post article written by SG-S, a company with over 25 years experience supplying Silent Gliss complete systems and spare parts to the general public.
April 19, 2017