Cleaning Your Curtains: 5 Important Things to Consider
Curtains are a great décor item in any home. They help to bring your style and personality into space. However, cleaning your curtains in your home can be a lot of work, although it is a very necessary job to do.
There are so many questions to ask before you begin, such as how often to clean, what methods to use and how to go about this mammoth task? That is why we are here to help. Here are 5 things you need to think about and research before washing your curtains.
Before you get washing, you’ll need to prepare for the large task at hand. You will need to start by taking the curtains down off their rails. Remove all the hooks and curtain weights. Shake out any dust that has accumulated in the curtains outdoors before you begin to wash them.
Ensure that you have all the necessary cleaning materials, such as the appropriate soap, any stain removers you might need, and a big enough washing machine or tub to hold your curtains. Once the curtains are down and washed, clean the whole window area, including the window sills and any hooks or curtain rings, and curtain rods. Vinegar is a great cleaner for getting rid of any rust on curtain rings and rods.
2. How often should you clean your curtains?
How often you wash your curtains can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live, if you smoke or suffer from allergies. This can range from every 2 months to once a year. It is a good idea to clean your curtains often enough to keep them clean and in good condition. This will increase the lifespan of your curtains and could even improve your health.
If you live in a dusty area, it is advised to wash your curtains more frequently to minimise the dust in your home since they act as filters on your windows, keeping the dust from accumulating in your home. On the other hand, if you live near the ocean, you know that the salty sea air dirties your windows easily.
Well, it affects your curtains too. You’ll need to wash them more regularly, so pick a fabric that can withstand frequent washing, or you’ll be replacing the drapes more often than you would like.
If you suffer from allergies, your curtains are your best friend in keeping out a variety of allergens from dust and pollens to mould and pet dander.
If you or someone in your home smokes inside, your curtains will trap smoke particles. This will cause them to smell of smoke and begin to turn yellow over time. It is best to open windows as often as possible to let fresh air flow through to help curb the smell. You should also wash your curtains every two months or more often to alleviate the smell and prevent yellowing.
3. Machine and hand washing versus dry cleaning
It sounds tempting to simply take all your drapes to a professional dry cleaner to do the dirty work for you, but this could get costly. The way you wash your curtains depends on the type of fabric from which they are made. Hand washing such large pieces of fabric does not sound all too appeal either. Sadly, sometimes this is the only way. Some fabrics are sensitive to water temperature and washing them in the machine on a hot wash can cause them to shrink dramatically.
It is advised that you stick to cold washes when giving your curtains a good clean. If you are worried about your curtains shrinking in the washing machine, rather wash them by hand and rather wash delicate fabrics by hand as well to prevent any damage to them in the machine.
Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning before you begin, they may save you time, effort and money. You do not want to machine wash a set of curtains that should only be dry cleaned!
4. How to get your curtains dry
It is highly advised not to tumble dry your curtains as this causes them to shrink. Let them air dry in the sunlight and iron them when they are still slightly damp. Be careful not to hang them when they are still too damp and this could cause mould spores to grown on your curtains.
5. Try steam cleaning your curtains
A convenient way to clean your curtains is using a steam cleaner. Be sure to use the upholstery attachment on a good quality steam cleaner. Steam cleaning works best for curtains made from very heavy fabrics, and are very difficult to remove from their rails.
When steam cleaning starts at the top of the curtains and works downwards, ensuring the material does not become too wet. If this occurs, hold the cleaner a bit further away from your curtains.
Cleaning your curtains should not be a hassle because it is a necessity. Keeping your curtains clean and fresh will not only keep your home looking great but will also improve your health.