How to Clean Drapes and Keep Them Looking Vibrant

 

how to clean drapes and curtains

With so many different material options to choose from at ABC Blind & Drapery, it’s fun and effortless to create your ideal look. While some fabrics are easy to care for, others may require professional cleaning services. If available, always read the label on a fabric to learn the proper cleaning instructions. Can’t find a label? ABC is here to help! We’ve compiled some general guidelines to keep your drapes looking vibrant and clean.

Just need light cleaning?

For regular maintenance, a great trick is to vacuum your window treatments. By using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum, you can remove everyday dust and dirt in minutes. Additionally, a lint roller can be used to remove dust and leave a smooth finish.

Can drapes be machine washed?

Some materials such as nylon, polyester or synthetic fibers can be carefully washed in cold water on a delicate cycle or slow spin option. It’s best to machine wash drapes that are lightweight and free of decorative embellishments. Before washing, make sure that the lining of your drapes is machine wash safe as well. Instead of machine drying, re-hang your wet window coverings to let them air dry. With air drying, you can avoid possible shrinking or fabric damage from the dryer.

Should drapes be hand washed?

Hand washing your drapes with more delicate fabrics can minimize color fading. Check for any specific instructions that may be on the label of your window treatments on how to hand wash, including the ideal water temperature and any chemicals to avoid. If a label is not available, the best way to hand wash is to use cold water, a little bit of laundry detergent and then gently scrub any stains. Hand washing is a tedious and manual chore, so if there are multiple stains to clean then it might not be the best option.

Do drapes need professional care?

Most drapery fabric such as linen, silk, and wool are not designed to be washed. Other drapes may be made of machine washable fabric but have stitched-in pleats, embroidery or other elaborate details that may not withstand machine wash. If machine wash or hand wash is not an option, professional care can be used. Dry cleaning is always an option, but the safest route to take would be to call a professional. A professional will have the right tools and expertise to provide proper care to any particular fabric.

Even window treatments that are not visibly dirty could be in need of a proper cleaning. Drapes naturally absorb airborne pollutants, dust, and allergens due to constant airflow. Regular cleaning of your window coverings will not only help extend their lifespan but will also keep them smelling fresh and clean. If proper cleaning doesn’t do the trick, then it might be time for new window treatments. At ABC Blind & Drapery, we offer custom draperies, valances, and curtains for virtually any window application. Schedule a consultation with us today!