The Best Way to Clean Drapes and Curtains

file0001123310959Curtains and drapes add an elegant touch in any room while providing privacy. They can be used to add color and character to a room or to accentuate other features. It’s important that you don’t forget to clean these items as you clean the rest of your home so that way they will look their best for years to come.

Break Out the Vacuum

You may not realize how much dust actually collects on dust and curtains until you go to move them. Any wandering sunbeams will show you a swirling vortex of dust and debris that is headed off to land on your furniture and everything else in your home. Once a week, vacuum your drapes and curtains on the lowest setting possible using the soft brush attachment. Make sure you get both sides, the top edges and in between the folds if they’re pleated or have been pushed aside. If your drapes or curtains have trim, buttons or any other embellishments, make sure they’re secure before you start vacuuming.

If you’d like to turn this into a monthly, rather than a weekly chore, simply shake the drapes out each night to prevent dust and dirt from lodging in the fibers.

Toss Them in the Wash

At least twice a year you should take down all of your curtains and drapes and run them through a wash cycle. But be careful! Make sure you read the labels first so you don’t destroy something that must be dry cleaned. Most drapes and curtains can be tossed in the machine on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent, but polyester and other blends may need to be dry cleaned or spot-cleaned only. Tumble dry on the low or air setting and remove immediately. If you’re able, you may want to line dry.

Always make sure you remove all hooks, rings and hardware before tossing them in the machine. Never hang wet or damp curtains or drapes from these items as it may cause them to stretch. Only rehang them when they are completely dry.

Lace Curtains

Lace curtains are so lovely, but they’re also so delicate. Dust can generally be removed by tumbling them in the dryer on the air cycle. New lace curtains are sometimes hand or machine washable. Just make sure you read the instructions on the label before you do anything with these beauties.

Fresh washed lace curtains can be dipped in a light starch solution to add body. For a softer look, rehang curtains without starching while they’re still slightly damp; this is the only time hanging damp curtains is okay! Just make sure you cover any metal hooks you may use to hang them with tissue paper so they do not cause rust stains.

Avoid Fading

While light colored fabrics generally reflect sunlight and resist fading, darker colors absorb light and are prone to fading. Protect curtains and drapes with blinds, shades, or a special window tint treatment.

Professional Help

Drape and curtain cleaning can be an additional task you ask your cleaning crew to do if you hire a professional company. Contact us today to learn more about 1st Class Cleaning, the services we offer and the areas we service or schedule our services by calling (800) 309-7881.

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