How to Best Clean Your Curtains & Drapes

Your curtains or drapes probably make a stunning addition to your home’s interior. After all, these long, flowing, stylish coverings frame your windows and add flair and personality to a space. However, if your curtains or drapes get dirty, they can become a bit of an eyesore and detract from the overall appearance of your surrounding space. Thankfully, you can always clean them to get rid of any stains, dirt, or hair that has clung to them over time, and restore their beauty so they can continue to be a gorgeous addition to your home’s interior. To clean your curtains or drapes properly, consider doing the following:

Check the Label

Before you begin doing anything to your curtains or drapes, it is imperative that you check the label. Find out if the manufacturer recommends hand washing, dry cleaning, steaming, or vacuuming, and whether it is safe to put the fabric in the washing machine. If you don’t follow the proper instructions, you may end up ruining your curtains or drapes permanently.

Clean by Hand or in the Washer

Curtains that have to be washed by hand can be cleaned the same way that you would hand-wash delicates in the washer:

  • Take your curtains down and remove any hardware.
  • Go outside and shake your curtains out to get rid of the dust.
  • If washing curtains or drapes in a machine, put one or two panels in at a time, and use cold water and a little bit of mild laundry detergent.
  • Once curtains or drapes have been washed, hang them to dry outside, or set towels down inside your home and lay your curtains on top of them.
  • Iron your drapes using the right fabric setting before hanging them back up.

Use a Steamer or Vacuum

Using a steamer or vacuum is one of the most convenient ways to clean your curtains or drapes, as you don’t even have to take them down to do it. Simply hook up your attachment and follow the instructions on your steamer or vacuum to clean the fabric on both sides.

Get Them Dry Cleaned

If the label on your curtains or drapes says to get them professionally dry cleaned, don’t try to dry clean them yourself—simply take them to the cleaners! They’ll have the knowledge and equipment needed to get the fabric clean without damaging it.

Stunning Custom Drapes for Your Home

If you want to adorn your windows with drapes that will lend style and flair to your home’s interior, turn to the professionals at Bay Home & Window. We have been serving homeowners with discerning tastes since our founding in 1994, making us one of the most tenured and trusted window treatment manufacturers in the area. We will use our extensive knowledge to help you create the drapes that best suit your home, taste, and budget, assisting as you choose the fabric, colors, pattern, and other exciting design options. Then we will use the finest-quality materials to fabricate your drapes before expertly installing them to ensure they look beautiful on your windows for many years to come.

Furthermore, we are a wholesale supplier, so you can expect to pay 20%-30% less for your new drapes than you would pay retail. Quality and savings—what’s better than that?

Contact Bay Home & Window today to learn more about the drapes and other window treatments we offer. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have and schedule a free consultation.

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