Quick Guide to Cleaning Your Curtains

A sunny spring day is the perfect day to clean your curtains, especially if you're going to take them down and wash them. Curtain-cleaning is most likely not part of your weekly house cleaning, and that's okay: it's actually better not to thoroughly wash your curtains too often (though a weekly vacuum is okay). Washing them once or twice a year is a good idea.

Not sure how to clean your curtains? There are a few ways, but you should always check the care tag or the manufacturer’s website if you aren't sure what's safe for your curtains.

Washing & Drying

If your curtains are machine washable, this is an obvious choice. There are a few important things to take note of, though:

  • Wash on the delicate cycle.
  • Use cold water in case the fabric is untreated and to help the curtains last longer.
  • Don't hang the curtain straight from the washer to the curtain rod—it will drip into your carpet!
  • Take out of the dryer before the curtains and hang them up before they are completely dry—this will help them hang correctly.

Steam Cleaning

Don't want to have to take the curtains down to clean them? Steam cleaning lets you leave them right on the rod. When you use a steam cleaner, start from the top and work your way down.

Here's an important note: don't dust while your curtains are still damp. The dust you put into the air while you're cleaning will stick to the damp fabric, undoing your work.

Professional Cleaning

The safest but most involved method is to take the curtains to a professional fabric or upholstery cleaner. If your curtains are exceptionally dirty and dusty, very stained, or not machine washable, this is going to be your best bet.

Call ahead to ask about your fabric and curtains specifically to make sure your professional is capable of cleaning them.

Have clean, fresh curtains just in time for spring!

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