Expert Tips for Cleaning Drapes and Curtains

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how-to-wash-curtains-and-drapesCurtains collect a lot of dust and allergens, absorb unpleasant smells and are constantly exposed to sunlight. If not treated correctly, in the long run, this can cause them to become discolored and give them a permanently worn look. To avoid this unpleasant scenario, you should have them washed every few months.

Whether you just don’t have the time to do it yourself, or you’re an elderly individual who needs some help with chores, the easiest and most effective way to keep the curtains at your Marshall, IN, home looking their best at all times is to outsource this task to a professional house cleaning service

But what if you don’t have the time to call in the pros, or if you’d rather just do it on your own? If so, you’re in luck, because we have prepared a short guide on how to keep your curtains fresh and spotless all year round. Read on! 

How to wash curtains and drapes? 

Whether you’re cleaning your furniture upholstery, washing your bed sheets and linens, or dealing with any other types of fabrics, you should always check the labels for cleaning instructions. 

If the label says your curtains are made of washable materials, you can wash them using these simple guidelines:

  1. First, remove all hooks, rings and clips to avoid damaging your washing machine or tearing the material of the panels during the spin cycle.
  2. Don’t forget to loosen the curtain’s tape strings.
  3. Vacuum or shake out the curtains to remove dust and allergen build-up before washing them.
  4. Spot-treat stains to effectively remove them prior to washing, as the machine alone won’t get the tougher stains out.
  5. Wash a maximum of two panels at a time to avoid overloading the machine.
  6. Machine-wash your curtains using the machine’s gentle/delicate cycle or hand-wash them without rubbing or wringing the fabric.
  7. Use mild detergents.
  8. Avoid using fabric softeners as they can stain the curtains.
  9. Take the curtains out of the washing machine immediately after the program is finished to avoid wrinkling.
  10. Hang them on a clothesline to air-dry or use the machine’s gentle tumble dry.

What temperature to wash curtains?

When you decide to wash your curtains on your own, as a general rule, whether you opt for hand washing or machine washing, you should always wash them at the coldest temperature available. If the material is heavily soiled, a luke-warm wash should be enough to whip it back into shape.

How do I wash sheer and lace-type fabrics?

what-temperature-to-wash-curtainsTo machine-wash lace curtains or sheer panels, use your washing machine’s gentle cycle. Protect the delicate fabric of these curtains from tearing by putting them in a net bag prior to washing. 

To hand wash them, soak each panel in a mixture of cold water and mild detergent for ten minutes. Gently shake the panels and rinse thoroughly to wash out detergent residue completely. 

If you want to give the curtains that crisp, brand-new feel, soak them in a mixture of cool water and Epsom salt for another 10 minutes, then gently squeeze the water out and hang them on a clothesline to air-dry.

Where in Marshall, IN can I schedule the best house cleaning service?

Knowing how to wash your curtains is all well and good, but if you’d rather enjoy the picturesque views of Sugar Creek river than spend your valuable free time doing house chores, don’t hesitate to give KCB Maids a call.

All you need to do is fill out our user-friendly online booking form, and kick back and relax while our cleaning professionals turn your home into a spotless, healthy and allergen-free environment. Give us a call today!

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