The Best Method to Clean a Curtain
Undeniably, the best approach to clean a curtain is to seek the help of curtain dry cleaners. They have a deeper knowledge of different curtain fabrics, know the right method to clean them, have the best equipment and cleaning agents for different fabrics, and have the skills to clean curtains properly.
Still, there are plenty of homeowners who want to try DIY. As we said, we always love to help you, we are sharing some tips.
The process of cleaning a curtain mainly depends on the fabric. The first thing one must do is to read the label attached to the curtain for cleaning instructions. If you find none there, don’t worry. These tips may help you.
Cleaning of Garment Fabric Curtains
If your curtain is a simple flat panel made from cotton or polyester and you want to clean it at home, you may try DIY cleaning. In that case, you should first shake off the dust as much as you can before washing your curtain. It is important to lift off the dust that clings to the curtain’s fibres. Otherwise, you might not get the best results.
If you plan to wash them using your machine like most people, make sure that you set the machine to the ‘delicate’ setting and use a mild detergent. Keep the laundry load small and don’t add other clothes in the load. Once the washing phase is complete, dry them on low heat only for a few minutes. Then shake them out and hang them to air dry. Lastly, iron them on a low heat setting so that they look fresh.
However, if your curtains are expensive and made from speciality fabric, such as silk or fine linen, and you are determined to clean them at home, you should hand wash them. Use lukewarm or cool water and use mild liquid detergent. Swish then gently and don’t wring or twist them.
In case your curtain is a special type of curtains, such as blackout curtains or velvet curtains, we would not recommend you cleaning it at home at all. All you should do is to shake them off or vacuum clean (if appropriate for your curtain type) every fifteen days to lift off the dirt and call professional curtain dry cleaners to clean your curtains based on how soon they get dirty in your home and its location.
Don’t wait too long to clean your curtains. Remember that even if your curtains look clean, they accumulate dust, dander, pet hairs, pollens, and allergens over time. Thus, regular cleaning is directly proportional to the cleanliness of your home interior and your loved ones’ health.
Cleaning Curtains at Home is Not Always the Best or Most Cost-Effective Approach. A lot of homeowners end up with ruined curtains after trying DIYs; most often because they don’t have the right equipment and cleaning agents and they don’t know the right technique. So, if you are trying a DIY method to clean your curtain at home, you may hope for the best but it might not always be the best result that you will get. Getting professional help is the best course to ensure the best cleaning results and extend their lifespan.