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The Best Way to Wash the Curtains and Draperies

Aug 17, 2007
Curtains and draperies are always looks good with the colors and the design. But it is better to check if the color doesn't go and damaging the others fabric when you wash them together. Get some tip on the better way to wash the curtains and draperies.

In this article you will find the tips on to wash the glass fiber draperies and sheer cotton window curtains.

AND NOW FOR THE CURTAINS AND DRAPERIES that are to go up all nice and clean. Very heavy lined ones and the non-washables will go to a good dry cleaner. The others can be handled at home.

IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THE COLOR of cotton or linen draperies, test a scrap of the material or a small part of a corner by squeezing it in a basin of warm water. If the water becomes discolored the dyes are not completely fast. If only a little color seems to come out you can still wash the draperies if you are careful. Wash each piece separately in lukewarm suds made with pure white soap flakes, or mild detergents, rinse it carefully, then spread it flat on an old turkish towel. Roll it up so that most of the water is absorbed, then immediately unroll it and hang the piece to dry in an airy place, preferably indoors. Hang it straight and be careful not to let the surfaces of the material touch.

LINED DRAPERIES. Light washable draperies, even when lined, can be home laundered with a little extra trouble. Snip the linings loose on all but one side to make ironing easier.

COMPLETELY COLORFAST MATERIALS can be washed with abandon and dispatch in your washing machine, in good stiff soapsuds. Hang them indoors or in the shade to dry straight on the line, for easy ironing.

DRAPERIES SHOULD BE IRONED LENGTHWISE with the thread of the material, to avoid losing length by side-wise stretching. Iron them on the wrong side, excepting glazed chintz, which will keep a better gloss if ironed on the right side.

GLAZED CHINTZ, even if it has a permanent finish, ultimately loses some of its gloss. It can be revived somewhat with a light starch solution containing wax. Use a piece of wax about the size of a walnut for each pair of curtains. Either paraffin or candle wax will do. Stir the wax into a boiling starch solution until it is completely melted. When the mixture has cooled enough, immerse the draperies, then hang them to dry. When they are nearly dry iron them on the right side.

GLASS FIBER DRAPERIES can be washed in hot soapsuds or with a detergent, by hand or in a washer, but be sure to remove all hooks and other attachments that might snag them. Rehang them while they are still wet (but not dripping) and straighten the hems gently with your fingers. Glass fiber materials should never be scrubbed during washing, squeezed in a mangle, or twisted. They are never ironed.

SHEER COTTON WINDOW CURTAINS should be handled gently when they are washed, especially if they are old, because the threads become increasingly weak through constant weathering. If your curtains are very delicate, wash them in a nylon net bag or a muslin bag an old pillowcase will do. Curtains in good condition can go into the washing machine. Those that are old, or especially delicate, are best done by hand. You will have to be the judge.

Cleaning the curtains will not be a difficult thing after we learn the above tips. Heavy and non-washable curtains can go to the dry cleaner. If you have doubt on the color, check them out by taking small of part of the corner and squeezing it in the warm water. Wash them separately. Glazed chintz can be clean with a light starch solution containing wax. Glass fiber draperies can be washed in hot soapsuds or detergent. Don't scrub the glass fiber materials during washing.
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