How to Clean Your Curtains Without Professional Help

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You don’t have to wait for spring cleaning to give your home a good scrubbing. One feature that’s often neglected throughout the year is your curtains. It seems like they should stay clean, but they can become surprisingly dirty. If you have machine washable curtains, then keeping them looking sharp is a simple matter of running them through the laundry. If you have drapes that have to be dry cleaned, then cleaning them at home is a little more challenging. Here’s what you should know about caring for those dry-clean only curtains that you love.

A Few Basic Tools for Touch Ups

The header of the drape stands up nicely and turns into a serious dust magnet. When you’re through your home with a feather or electro-static duster, take a moment to swipe it across the drapery header. This simple step will help keep the dust away and leave you with cleaner drapes. When you vacuum, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to run across the curtains and clean them. If you have pets, a lint roller can be used to quickly pick up the pet hair without taking the curtains down. Soiled areas that are small can probably be cleaned using baby wipes, but test this in an inconspicuous area first for color fastness.

Wait for a Sunny Day

As the weather warms in the spring, watch the weather forecast. When the sun will be shining without any threat of precipitation, you can hang the curtains outside for about an hour. The temperature doesn’t have to be warm enough for short sleeves and sandals, but it should be warm enough that you can comfortably stand outside and beat the curtains to knock off the dust. Use a tennis racket or spatula to methodically knock off any dust. Let the curtains stay out in the sun for a little while to soak up the fresh air.

The Dryer Method

If it’s the middle of winter and you cannot take advantage of the sunshine, then put the dryer to good use. Take the curtains down and put them in the dryer along with a damp towel and a dryer sheet. Run the dryer for about 15 minutes on an air-fluff setting. When it’s done, immediately rehang the drapes to avoid wrinkling. If you have odors in the drapes from cigarettes or cooking, then spray Febreeze on damp towel before putting everything in the dryer.The curtains hanging around your house are often neglected, but they can hold dust, allergens, pet dander and even dirt. They need to be cleaned not only to keep your home looking great, but cleaning the curtains also improves your indoor air quality.

If you don’t have time to deal with these neglected areas, consider hiring the professionals at 1st Class Cleaning. In addition to cleaning the floors and windows, the experienced crews at 1st Class will also give curtains, doorframes, light switch covers and other neglected areas the cleaning that they deserve and need.

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