Cleaning curtains can be awkward, can’t it? Are they a bit too big to put in the washing machine? What temperature should they be washed at if you can fit them in? Do they need to be dry cleaned? Will they shrink? Will the lining shrink? Bleed? Fade? How should they be dried? Tumble? Air? Of course, if you had them custom made at Inches, you could always ask us. We’d be delighted to help with individual cases. In the meantime, here’s a rough guide to keeping up with your curtains. Apologies if there are some egg sucking points in here. Hopefully, there’ll be one or two things that you might be able to take away from it.
Curtains are more than window covers. They give the room privacy when needed, they keep out draughts, prying eyes and the nighttime, and all the time, add some style to the room. Different curtains require different methods to keep them clean. It’s unlikely that they’re going to get covered in mud or get footprints on them, but they will get dirty nonetheless, just like anything else in the house, just by dint of time if by nothing else. The first thing to consider is to try to keep them as dust-free as possible. This can be achieved in some cases by simply shaking them. Maybe the vacuum cleaner needs to be switched to vertical mode to get the stickier grit out of them though.
If you keep them long enough though, they’ll need a more in-depth clean than a gentle shake or a quick vac. Check that they’re not dry-clean only. We all know what happens when (most) dry-clean only things are washed conventionally? I’m going to stress again that we’re always happy to advise you about best practice when it comes to curtain care. Just pop in and have a chat. If you can’t make it in to see us, make sure you always read the fabric label before you bung them into a washing machine. Perhaps it might be possible to use some of the intended detergent on a small, hidden part of the curtain to see if it damages the fabric in any way. It’s always prudent to air dry the curtains after washing too, making sure to keep out of direct sunlight.
Lighter, lacy and sheer curtains need extra care when washing. These types of fabrics usually benefit from a tumble dry to free them from dust. After this, hand-washing will help to avoid any damage that a machine wash might inflict on the delicate fabrics.
Maintaining sharp pleats is always quite tricky too, as the curtains’ weight drags down more the longer they hang. It’s fine to iron most fabrics, as long as it’s just the reverse side that has the heat applied. Any embellishments, lace or sheer fabric will likely require extra care during pressing.
To sum up, we want you to enjoy your curtains. If you aren’t able to ask a professional, be careful, and if you have any doubts, ask a professional.