Sustaining your curtains and drapery are vital in guarding your home furnishings from future damage. Factors such as privacy, comfort, and personal preference can in turn be affected by the choices you make in choosing and caring for your window curtains treatments. Maintenance methods will depend on the construction and material used for your windows curtains.
Dust, dirt and pest are among the common things that harm your curtains and drapery fabrics. Surprisingly, the sun also plays an important role on the longevity of your fabric. To ensure proper care, avoid dark coloured fabrics and use light-colour fabrics for windows that are facing the sun, as they reflect sunlight and are able to withstand damages such as fading to the fabric. In addition to the light fabrics, use lined window treatments, blinds, or shades to protect your curtains from sun damage. Upkeeping of your lined draperies or drapery panels does not require much work, and can be done regularly with two simple steps. Firstly, before you head to bed, give your fabrics a gentle shake to prevent filth from accumulating in the fibers. The second step is to vacuum your draperies with a soft brush attachment, and make sure to hold it by hand. If possible, use the low-section setting of your vacuum. Be sure to inspect for any loose trims, buttons, and other embellishments before vacuuming. This can be done monthly.
Giving your draperies or curtains a wash is important. Following these steps will aid in proper care and treatment for your fabrics:
1) Check if the fabrics you own are labeled washable. Refrain from washing fabrics that are not plain-panel or simply constructed, such as pleated curtains, or embellished or trimmed curtains that aren’t colorfast. Also, fabrics that are made of different fibers should not be washed, as it will cause the fibers to be of uneven sizes, therefore causing the curtains to hang poorly. Sunlight-weakened fabrics should not be washed either.
2) Be sure to remove hooks, rings, and hardware before washing and ensure that trims are tightly attached.
3) Whether you choose to wash by hand or by machine, make sure to use cool water, mild detergent, and wash it on the gentle cycle
4) Avoid overloading the washing machine (If your draperies alone have overloaded the machine, they are too large to wash and should not be washed.
5) When rinsing, do it gently and thoroughly
6) It is recommended to line dry the curtains, but if needed, you may tumble dry on the low or air setting of your dryer
7) When ironing the fabrics, do it on the reverse side. If the seams have wrinkled, lightly spray the fabric with water and pull the seams to stretch it back to the original size. When doing this, ensure that you are not breaking the stitching.
8) Once the curtains are completely dry, you may fasten the metal hardware to the fabrics.
Lace curtains are delicate and should be washed with care. For the removal of dust, you may tumble the curtains on the air cycle in your dryer. Most of the new lace models can be washed by hand or machine. Just like normal fabrics, use cool water when washing. However, ensure that the detergent used is specifically made for fine fabrics. To give your lace curtain some volume, dip the freshly washed curtain in a light starch solution. If you are going for a tender look, avoid the starching process and hang the curtains while they are slightly damp. When doing this, place pieces of tissue paper under the hooks where it touches the damp lace to prevent rusting. This only needs to be done if you use metal hooks.
Follow these steps to care for sheer fabrics as well, but do note that they are more delicate and are highly prone to sun damage. It is highly recommended that you should dry-clean sheer fabrics.