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How To Clean Curtains

Cleaning curtains can depend on the material they are made of. Here’s a general guide:

1. Check the Care Label
Always start by checking the care label on your curtains for specific cleaning instructions. Different fabrics may require different methods.

2. Vacuuming
Use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove dust and loose dirt. This is especially useful for fabric curtains.

3. Machine Washing
Some curtains can be machine washed. Make sure to remove any hooks or rings before washing. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent. Be cautious with delicate fabrics, as they may shrink or lose their shape in the wash.

 

4. Hand Washing
For delicate curtains or those labelled “hand wash only” fill a basin or bathtub with
lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Gently agitate the water and soak the curtains.
Rinse thoroughly.

5. Dry Cleaning
If your curtains are labelled as dry clean only, take them to a professional cleaner. Dry cleaning helps maintain the fabric’s integrity.

6. Spot Cleaning
For small stains, spot clean with a mild detergent or water. Test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure colourfastness.

7. Steam Cleaning
Steam cleaning is effective for removing wrinkles and freshening up curtains. Use a handheld steamer, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

8. Sun and Air
After cleaning, hang the curtains in a well-ventilated area to air dry. Avoid direct sunlight if the fabric is prone to fading. When the curtains are mostly dry then they can be rehung on the track. Ensure the curtains are sitting in their correct folds. You can then steam any wrinkles out of the fabric.

Remember to always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to keep your curtains in good condition.

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