Curtains enhance the beauty of windows, doors and houses. Some house owners spend money to get customized curtains with special orders. Whether you buy curtains from stores or get them stitched, maintaining curtains is critical to keep them for many years. Maintaining curtains can help keep them looking clean, fresh, and in good condition. Here are some tips to help you maintain your curtains effectively:
- Regular dusting: Dust curtains regularly using a feather duster, vacuum cleaner, or soft brush. This helps prevent dust buildup and keeps them looking clean.
- Vacuuming: Use a handheld vacuum with a brush attachment to gently remove dust and dirt from the curtains. Start from the top and work your way down.
- Gentle shake: Take heavier curtains outside and give them a gentle shake to dislodge dust and debris.
- Spot cleaning: If you notice stains or spots on your curtains, spot clean them using a mild detergent. If using a fabric cleaner test, the cleaner on a small, hidden area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the fabric.
- Machine washable curtains: Check the care instructions on the curtain label. Some curtains are machine washable. If your curtains can be washed, use a gentle cycle and cold water.
- Hand washing: Delicate or non-machine washable curtains should be hand washed with a mild detergent. Gently agitate the water and avoid wringing the fabric.
- Drying: Air dry curtains by hanging them on a clothesline or laying them flat on a clean surface. Avoid hanging them in direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to sun can cause color fading.
- Ironing: Iron curtains on the appropriate setting for the fabric type. Use a steam iron to remove wrinkles. Be careful with delicate fabrics as hot iron can damage the fabric.
- Lining maintenance: Some curtains will have lining. Periodically check the lining for signs of wear and type of damage. Mend any small tears to prevent further damage.
- Rotate curtains: It is good idea to have couple of extra curtain and rotating curtains every few months. This is to avoid fading and aging of the curtain.
- Protect from sunlight: To protect curtain from direct sunlight consider using sheer or light-blocking curtains. Over time direct exposure to daily sunlight can cause fading and fabric deterioration.
- Curtain rod maintenance: Heavy curtains can bring down the curtain rod. Sometimes curtain keep getting stuck between two rod joints. Check the curtain rods and hardware for any signs of damage or detachment from the wall. If the rods are rusted, clean and lubricate the rods to ensure smooth operation.
- Pets: If you have furry friends at home vacuum or shake out curtains more frequently to remove pet hair and allergens.
- Professional cleaning: For delicate or valuable curtains, consider professional dry cleaning. If needed give special care instructions to dry cleaning service.
Different curtain fabrics require different care methods, so always check the care label and any manufacturer recommendations before cleaning curtains. Regular maintenance and proper care can extend the lifespan of beautiful curtains and keep them looking their best.
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: August 11, 2023