Curtains look lovely as a statement for a large window or set of windows. However, one of the most common concerns is around keeping them clean. From dust to pet hair to children and more, there are some best tips for cleaning your draperies.
Fabric Window Coverings Maintenance 101
While draperies and other fabric window treatments take the visuals of any room up by a few notches, it is important to keep upkeep in mind. Fabric is a magnet for trapping dust and grime, and so curtains can harbor not only allergens and noticeable dirt, but also can hold onto odors. The concept of ‘spring cleaning’ is especially helpful – airing your curtains outside at least once a year can help banish those funky smells while any dust floats away.
Outside of that, you should take care to keep your fabric finishes clean and fresh while taking care to not damage the material. A small hand vacuum can be used on both sides of a curtain to remove dust and fine debris. While doing so, pay attention to any fraying or loose strings so you can make small repairs before they become larger ones.
If something spills on a curtain, immediately spot clean it with cold water, but be careful of overly strong detergents or cleaners, as they can fade the fabric. A little white vinegar mixed with warm water works well, as it is lightly acidic and a natural solvent. Alternatively, you can make a dense paste of baking soda and water. Leave it on the spotted area for a half-hour to dry or so and then wipe it away, and you should see clean results.
Curtain Cleanliness Specifics
When it comes to keeping curtains clean, “care” is key. Some experts may suggest dry cleaning while others only recommend spot cleaning. Across the board, though, it is important to cover the basics:
Experts agree to disagree on how to best maintain drapery. Some recommend dry cleaning; others, like Budget Blinds, do not. The exotic and luscious fabrics that make up many custom drapery treatments can shrink if dry cleaned. Regular and careful vacuuming is usually sufficient to keep draperies in beautiful condition.
- Dry dust and vacuum to remove dirt
- Pay close attention to pleats, folds and gathering at the tops of curtains, as dirt will settle there
- If you do wash your drapes, follow care instructions and use cold water and hang to dry
- Shake curtains out outside for fresh air and a deep dusting
- Spot clean with care and avoid harsh soaps
Be sure to consider both aesthetics and maintenance when picking out your next window coverings. And we can help with the decisions and factors – make an appointment today!