Curtains and draperies add a certain décor to a space and they are excellent at controlling the level of light that we let inside. But they are prone to gathering dust and dirt over time. Therefore, to keep them looking fresh and neat, you need to know how to maintain them properly. How you care for them depends on the type of fabric. You need to protect the fabric in order to make it last a while in good condition.
Not only dust and dirt, direct sunlight can be harmful to the fabrics. The degree of harm depends on the colour and quality of the fabric. If the curtain is of a light coloured material, it will reflect most of the light and have some resistance to fading. Dark coloured materials are more susceptible to fading as they absorb solar radiation. You can treat your window to resist sunlight or you can use blinds or shades behind the drapes or curtains as an extra layer of protection. External shading devices are also good at protecting small windows. There is no fixed frequency for cleaning curtains and drapes. It depends on how often they get dirty and that is dependent on where you live. You can generally wash your curtains once or twice a year. It will be easier for you to take them to a laundry service to ensure they get the best care.
When it comes to the daily care of line draperies, you can gently shake them when you close them at night. This way you can prevent the dust and dirt from sticking to the fabric. You can run a vacuum using the soft brush attachment every month to get most of the dust out. Check the label for washing instructions. You can either machine wash or hand wash using cool water and a mild laundry detergent. You can either line dry or tumble dry on a low setting. You shouldn’t wash the draperies if the lining is not washable or if there are two types of fabric for the drapery and lining. Sometimes the drapes may be too big to be machine washed. And drapes with pleats may not retain their shape once they are machine washed. In such cases, it is better to go to a professional laundry service.
You have to check the labels for curtains as well. Remove all the hooks, clips, rings and other hardware prior to washing and check if the trims are attached. You can use a gentle cycle on the washing machine with soft laundry detergent. Letting the curtains dry naturally is the best option as long as you keep them out of direct sunlight. If the instructions permit it, you can tumble dry the curtains on a low setting. If you’re ironing the curtains, make sure to iron them on the reverse side. Delicate materials such as lace are best washed by hand. You can dip them in a starch solution to give the fabric some extra body.