How to Care for Your Curtains - Cleaning Tips

Keep Your Curtains in Tip-Top Shape

Curtains are a popular and rather essential component to a home. They can add just the right amount of atmosphere and warmth to a room, and come in an assortment of styles, colours and practicalities. Once chosen and hung in the desired room, curtains quite literally hang about – blending into the background of your home while providing essential privacy, unique style and overall comfort. However, despite their ability to simply become a “piece of the furniture” alongside everything else you own, curtains too require care and maintenance in order to preserve their longevity and keep them in tip-top shape.

The questions then arise – how often should you clean curtains? How do you protect delicate sheer styles? Can you clean your curtains in a washing machine? Is there a generic curtain drape and upholstery cleaning method that covers most styles, or do you need to customise it according to make and or fabric? Before we launch into the good stuff – as in the tips and tricks you can apply to your own curtains to give them some TLC, let’s cover the types of curtains available and how they differ from one another.

A good start is that of “box pleated” curtains – these give a very shapely, defined look by draping into deep folds down the full length of the curtains. Box pleats are often tailored with a lot of body and volume in material, to give your room a cosy, enclosed feel. The box shapes line up next to each other which creates that formal, pleated look, ideal for more formal rooms like the lounge, dining or study. Another pleating style is that of “pinch pleating”, which gives the curtains a decorative finish at the top, and a more unique design than that of box pleats.

Then we move into the lighter designs, such as that of the “sheer curtain”. Quite often designed from thin lace or cotton, sheers help to bring a lightness to any window while still providing privacy and warmth. Sheer curtains are commonly hung as secondary curtains or over blinds, meaning the primary curtain or blind can be used to block out light and then pulled back to reveal the sheers. This layering method allows light into the room, while still minimising visibility from the outside.

Regardless of your chosen style and design, curtain cleaning is an important factor to take into consideration with your own coverings. See below for the tips and tricks you can apply to the curtains in your home and how Drytron Curtain cleaning in Melbourne can help you ensure your curtains are properly cared for.

Shake it Up

Did you know one of the simplest and easiest techniques you can use to refresh your curtains at the end of each day, is to gently shake them from the bottom up? Imagine you’re fluffing out your duvet cover, but a much more delicate and breakable duvet than the one on your bed. Dust and fluff that collects over the course of a day and week can be gently removed by a rolling motion from holding the curtain with both hands at the seams and fluffing the material upwards. As it rolls and expands, dust and surface dirt will lift, and the curtain will be instantly refreshed.

Roll with a Lint Roller

For weekly care and dirt removal, lint rollers are a fantastic way of brushing off surface-dirt. For lightweight curtains, an occasional shake is more practical to protect delicate fabric, but for heavier styles such as the box pleat, a lint roller will effectively wipe the curtain of any build up and loose fluff. As you’re brushing the roller from the top downwards, also look out for stains or areas that need more in-depth attention, to pass this information onto your curtain cleaning expert. The tops of the curtains along the rod are especially susceptible to dust accumulation as it settles near the pleats and becomes compacted over time.

Machine Washing

Remove all hardware from your curtains before washing. When washing them, check the care label first. If you’re in doubt about your curtains then go straight to the tip on Dry Cleaning below, or if you are willing to take the risk, try spot testing a small corner with a mix of water and a small amount of liquid laundry detergent or liquid dish soap. Most washable curtains need to be washed in cold water with a small amount of laundry detergent. Delicate lace and sheer curtains may benefit from hand washing or machine washing inside a mesh bag. In a pinch, you can wash delicate curtains inside an old pillowcase that is tied shut tightly to prevent fraying and damage.

Spot Clean and Dry to 95%

Gentle fabric stain removers can be a great spot-cleaning method, especially when you can remove the entire curtain and hang it out to dry. Diluting some stain remover in warm water and gently dabbing the stained area can instantly treat mould, mildew or other everyday dirt marks. Once clean, line drying or using a low setting on a clothes dryer will both work for washable curtains. With clothes dryers, the trick is to remove the curtains from the dryer before they are 100% dry. Over drying will set wrinkles and create lasting fabric marks but removing the curtains while they’re still slightly damp will allow them to naturally flatten out again without permanent fold marks.

Dry Cleaning – Drytron Cleaning

Some curtains may have a label that reads dry clean only. This is where Drytron Carpet Dry Cleaning in Melbourne are going to be your go-to maintenance team. Doing anything other than dry cleaning is at your own risk and can seriously damage your items. Some fabrics may bleed and fade if they aren’t properly dry cleaned, and others may shrink or pill on the fabric surface. If you do decide to try to machine or hand wash dry clean only curtains, use a very mild detergent and a gentle cycle. But if you’re passionate about preserving your curtain’s condition, call on Drytron to provide you with an excellent and second-to-none curtain cleaning service.

The skilled team from Drytron in Melbourne, Victoria will provide a curtain cleaning service that will do more than just leave your curtains looking clean and smelling like new. The cleaning process is designed to maintain and restore the original curtain fibres while never failing to effectively remove surface debris, bacteria and allergens that can attach to your window coverings and drapery.

Drytron uses a tried and tested six-step cleaning process that helps to restore and refresh your curtains, bringing instant life back to their appearance and making them look as good as the day you hung them! Don’t get hung up on how to clean your curtains properly – call on the experts at Drytron Carpet Cleaning Melbourne for exceptional curtain drape and upholstery cleaning that you won’t find anywhere else.

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