Dirty curtains can have a serious effect on indoor allergens and can start to look dingy. Brighten up those window treatments by adding a cleaning regiment to your schedule
Before you vacuum or sweep up your floors, shake out your curtains. Allow the dust to settle for a few minutes before sweeping it up. This step takes a small amount of effort and will reduce all of the debris that is put into the air every time you open or walk by your curtains.
Use a soft dust brush attachment on your vacuum hose to clean your curtains. Alternatively, you could take down your curtains and put them on a no-heat setting in your dryer.
Give your window treatments a good washing. Prolonged exposure to the sun weakens the fabric and seams can shrink in the wash so dry cleaning your window treatments is the best option, but if you decide to do it yourself use these tips.
- Never add more than 2 curtain panels to your washing machine at a time
- Use the delicate cycle with cold water
- Dry on a low heat setting and take out immediately to prevent wrinkling
- Handwash your sheer or lace curtains
Dry Clean Only
Many types of window treatments should not be washed at home. Take window treatments that include velvet, linings, stitched in pleats or swags, or any elaborate ornamentation to the dry cleaner.