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How to clean your Drapes, Curtains, or Window Treatments
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and window treatments
collect a huge amount of dirt over time. Dust, oil, pollution, smoke, pollen, heating fumes and bacterial are just some of the dirt that they retain. Even though they look visually clean, drapery cleaning is certainly a necessary part of housecleaning. The most important drapery cleaning tip to follow is, vacuum your drapes often, using a handheld vacuum with a soft brush attachment. Weekly vacuuming is best but if that is not possible, vacuum your drapes at least once a month.
But if you should find yourself having to clean your drapes, curtains, or window treatments, you need to make sure you follow the printed directions.
There are certain circumstances where you need to have them professionally cleaned. Never wash draperies if:
- they are not labeled washable
- the fabric is faded and weakened by sunlight
- embellishments and trims are not colorfast
- drapes are pleated
- the lining and drapes are different fibers or only one is washable
- they are too large or bulky to fit properly into your washing machine
If they are washable:
Either hand wash, if they are small, or machine wash using the short, gentle cycle. Use cool water and mild detergent but never overload your washing machine, as the drapes will not clean properly.
Rinse thoroughly and gently and then either line-dry, out of direct sunlight or tumble-dry on a delicate or air setting.
Remove your draperies immediately from the machine once they dry. Touch up with your iron if necessary, but press on the reverse side, not on the front of your drapes.
Either way its important that you clean your drapes, curtains, or window treatments properly and consistently in order to protect the quality and life. If you aren't comfortable cleaning your drapes or don't know if they can be cleaned, contact Mark Pressed4Time
today.image credit: jennecy on flickr
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 written by Mark Pressed4Time
, dry cleaning
, Hand Washing
, Window Treatments