Cleaning Drapes 101

Cleaning Drapes 101

Cleaning Drapes 101

Did you know that the type of fabric, and how the drapes are constructed may dictate how you clean them? 

Curtains and drapes with stitched in pleats or swags: Always dry-clean these. Even if the fabric itself is washable, the linings and seams may shrink or come apart under machine- or hand-washing.

Wool and cashmere. Always dry clean these fabrics.
Cotton: Drapes made with cotton can usually be hand- or machine-washed, provided they are unlined.

Synthetic fabrics. Dry-cleaning solvents may degrade synthetic fabrics, so these should be hand- or machine-washed or cleaned by a professional service.
Silk curtains: These can usually be hand washed. Use mild dishwashing soap and gentle hand action. Other delicate fabrics can be treated the same way. To dry, they should be hung up.

Sheer curtains. These need cleaning even more often because they will become discolored if you wait too long between cleanings. These are fragile fabrics that should be soaked clean in cold water with a mild detergent. If using a machine, use the gentlest cycle possible, and only if the fabric is suitable. To dry, put sheer curtains in a dryer on no heat and add one or two soft terrycloth towels.

Why Curtains Get So Dirty

Curtains are usually filthy, and with good reason. They are the barrier between outside and inside. When your windows are open, the curtains absorb moisture and attract dirt from the outside. When your windows are closed, there are cracks and drafts. If air can get through, so can tiny dirt particles.

Draperies are also the places where dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air vents settle. Even normal dusting and vacuuming causes dust and debris to circulate further into the air. A number of those particles will settle onto your curtains.

When you take all of this into consideration, you can see why it’s so important to clean your curtains on a regular basis!

We all know about the importance of cleaning our homes. But, some people don’t usually take the time to clean their curtains. As you know, the job of a curtain is to keep light out and heat in a room.

In the summer, we can draw our curtains to keep our bedrooms cool during the day. They also increase the amount of privacy we can enjoy in our homes. We don’t pay much attention to our curtains because we don’t use them a lot as such. After all; we open them in the morning and draw them in the evening, that’s it. They don’t get used several times a day. And they don’t usually have dirt or marks on them.

That accumulation can also drastically affect your indoor air quality. Every time the curtains are opened or closed, dust and other debris begin swirling around in your home. You’ll find that debris settling on your furniture as well as your carpet, where every step stirs it up again.

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For allergy sufferers, cleaning curtains regularly will provide significant relief to indoor allergy symptoms. 

So, why is it such a big deal to keep on top of our curtain cleaning? Well, you might not know it, but there are several reasons why you need to clean your curtains.

  • Reducing allergies: The downside to dirty curtains is they are havens for allergens like pollen and mold. 
  • Dust levels get kept low: If you hit a clean curtain while holding it with one hand, the air won’t get filled with dust. 
  • They smell good: Curtains that are clean will not add any foul odors into the room.
  • They look great: You may have gotten used to gray curtains. But if you clean them, it might shock you to learn you have white ones. They were just dirty!

Another advantage of regular curtain cleaning is that your drapes will last longer. Now you don’t need to keep buying expensive curtains every year or so.

How to clean your curtains

It might surprise you to learn that curtain maintenance isn’t that hard or expensive. First of all, you need to vacuum them to remove any dust and other allergens. The next thing you do will depend on the type of curtains you’ve got.

Some drapes are machine-washable. With that in mind, use a gentle cycle on your washing machine and appropriate detergent. Others may need professional cleaning. For such curtains, you can count on Aladino Cleaners to restore them back to their former glory.

There may be a need to take extra steps depending on the materials used in your curtains. And you might have to take extra care to resolve any stain or sun damage.

Special materials

If you can’t wash your drapes in the washing machine, Aladino can cleanse them for you. It’s a useful service if there are marks or stains on them. For routine maintenance, just brush them lightly with a wet chamois cloth.

How to avoid discoloration

The biggest enemy a pair of curtains has aren’t householders, believe it or not! The sun can end up fading materials over time, just like it does with paper, for example.

To prevent discoloration, it’s important to wash your curtains gently. And when it comes to drying, hang them up rather than sticking them in the dryer.

Should you dry clean your curtains?

There might be some cases where the instructions on the label recommend dry cleaning. These are usually for curtains that have special patterns or use particular materials.

Other curtains are machine-washable. Be sure always to follow the cleaning instructions on the label attached to your drapes. If you are unsure don't risk destroying your expensive window treatments take them to a professional.