To maintain their elegance and their outfit, curtains and net curtains require regular maintenance. Besides the dust that collects in the folds over time, stains can also mar the beauty of your window treatments.
But how to proceed and what precautions to take during this cleaning? All the answers are in our article.
When to Wash your Curtains?
For ways to the maintenance of curtains, it is advisable to dust your curtains once a month. To do this, it is not necessary to unhook them. Use the T-shaped nozzle of your vacuum cleaner and pass it between the folds of these to remove the dust that clings to it. If you have a steam cleaner, do not hesitate to use it to dust and revive the colours of your fabrics.
A more thorough cleaning is however necessary once or twice a year or even more often if you are prone to allergies. Find out how to do it below.
How to Take Care of your Curtains?
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Each fabric has its cleaning specifications.
Thus, cotton and linen curtains are quite resistant and can be machine washed at a maximum temperature of 40 ° to prevent them from shrinking. Prefer a wool program and minimum spinning, or even zero, and make sure to separate the whites from the colours to avoid any risk of discolouration.
Synthetic fibre materials, such as polyester are also undemanding and virtually wrinkle-resistant. However, they will require more regular maintenance than natural materials because they more easily retain dust and odours. The curtains can be machine washed cold.
Velvet curtains are more fragile. It is advisable to wash them by hand in a tub or large basin with lukewarm water and white liquid soap, then rinse them thoroughly. Never rub them quickly or let them soak for more than 5 minutes.
This is also the case for silk curtains which must be washed by hand using soapy and lukewarm water. Avoid leaving them to dry in the sun to retain their colours.
Machine Wash or Dry Clean?
If you have any doubts, it is better to entrust the cleaning of your curtains to professionals. Note that most of the labels on the curtains will recommend that you take them to the dry cleaners to avoid any risk of incident. Be aware, however, that by following a few customary precautions, it is quite possible to carry out this maintenance at home.
Be careful, double curtains, like heavy and blackout fabrics, are difficult to machine because of their large volume and delicacy. Always prefer dry cleaning for this type of window covering.
What about Ironing?
Regardless of the technique used to wash your curtains, it is often necessary for the wrinkles to give them a smooth appearance. Be careful, however, some materials are too fragile to withstand the heat of the iron! Most curtains come with a care label telling you if they can withstand ironing and if so, at what temperature.
In all cases, it is advisable to iron the curtains when they are still damp and to avoid twisting them during wringing to limit their wrinkling.
Are you not confident? Hang your curtains on their rod as soon as they are wrung out! The weight of the humidity will often be enough to smooth them out and thus bypass the ironing step.
Good Tips for Maintaining your Curtains
- Be sure to remove all hooks and hanging accessories before cleaning your curtains to prevent them from damaging your fabric and machine drum when washing. If your curtains have eyelets, tie them with a string.
- If you choose to machine wash your curtains, place them individually in a net, pillowcase or duvet cover depending on their volume to protect them.
- To whiten your curtains, add a drop of vinegar, lemon or soda crystals to your cleaning product.
- Never mix different fabrics when cleaning and do not overload your drum.
- For patterned curtains, check the colour resistance beforehand by placing your iron on a pattern protected by a damp cloth. If the fabric does discolour, avoid cleaning yourself and take your curtains to the dyer.
- Except as authorized on the care label, never put your curtains in the dryer.