A window, beautifully decorated curtains, turns into a luxurious accent in the interior of the room. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities for this today. Fabric stores offer curtains and tulle of a wide variety of colors, shades, density and quality. In addition, remember that besides of their decorative role, curtains also perform practical functions: they protect the room against excessive light from the outside during the day and hide what’s happening in the house from prying eyes at night. To ensure that curtains perform their tasks and delight your eyes with their beauty as long as possible, you should know how to take proper care of them. At least twice a year, curtains require full cleaning or washing. In some cases, curtains require washing more often; for example, in the kitchen or at the windows facing a dusty road.
Both machine and hand wash are suitable for curtains, but it’s important to pace yourself. Light tulle or organza can be easily washed by hands, while high-quality hand washing, rinsing and wringing heavy curtains is hardly possible.
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Light curtains made of tulle, silk, organza, semi-organza or veil require a particularly careful approach. If you decide to wash them in the machine, you need to choose a delicate mode and a minimum temperature: up to 30 degrees. Before washing thin curtains, place them in a special bag and wash only separately from the other clothes. Spin or hand wringing is strictly prohibited — it will ruin the fabric. After washing, the curtains are simply removed from the bag and dried straightened out. When the water drains, you can dry the slightly damp curtains right on the rod. This method is particularly good for tulle which does not require ironing and completely straightens already being suspended on the rod. Curtains made of silk or organza do not get straightened completely, so they need to be ironed with a non-hot iron before hanging.
Curtains made of artificial materials – viscose, acrylic, polyester – tolerate machine wash at temperatures up to 40 degrees. For washing, also choose the mode for delicate fabrics and disable spin: the water will drain from the curtains by itself. When washing acrylic curtains, you can add a conditioner for linen, such as “Unicum White Cotton Flowers”: it will soften the fabric, which gradually roughens under the influence of sunlight.
Linen curtains, though withstand temperatures of 40 and even 60 degrees, are recommended to wash in a delicate mode at a temperature of 30-40 degrees without spin. Cotton, except for cambric, does not belong to delicate fabrics; cotton curtains are quite dense and normal washing mode is suitable for them, spin is allowed. Both cotton and linen curtains shall be dried at a room temperature, away from heat sources, otherwise they can shrink.
Taffeta curtains tolerate hot water, but require washing mode for delicate fabrics. Spin is not needed – these curtains also dry naturally, they can finish drying directly on the rod.
Velvet curtains can be given to dry cleaner’s, but if there’s no such an opportunity or wish, you must wash them very carefully, having folded them inside out in order not to damage pile during washing. For washing, choose delicate mode, 30 degrees temperature and a minimum washing time. Velvet is a demanding material, a prolonged contact with water and detergent can cause curtains to shrink and lose their attractive appearance. Spin is inadmissible: to let the water drain, you have to place such curtains on a horizontal surface first, then hang them. You can quicken drying by rolling these curtains into a bath towel.
Black out and dense night curtains do not require a special approach, they can be washed in a normal mode and temperature. You can use spin, but then you will have to iron the curtains; and if you don’t use spin, the fabric will straighten out by itself while drying.
Eyelet curtains are very popular nowadays, they are practical and look stylish in the interior. When washing such curtains, you have to remember several rules: you don’t have to remove eyelets before washing; place the curtains into a bag with the rings – this will secure both rings and the drum against damages. However, if the eyelets are made of plastic or wood, it would be better to remove them, since they can crack. For such curtains, a delicate washing mode without spin and under a temperature of 30 degrees is recommended.
Thread curtains, trendy in recent years in Europe and the United States, can also be washed in a machine at a gentle mode. Before washing, tie thread bundles in loose nods so that you will not have to spend hours trying to untangle them, and put the curtain into a washing bag. Such curtains are made of artificial material and, therefore, do not require long washing: synthetics gives away dirt and dust quickly. The curtains will dry and straighten by themselves due to their own weight.
It is better to wash curtains with liquid detergents than with powders, since powders are poorly washed out from fibers and can leave unaesthetic streaks. UNICUM liquid detergent for tulle and curtains restores original whiteness and color brightness, prevents deformation and fabric damage during washing, cleans the fibers gently, keeping them soft. The gel has a neutral pH level, has a reduced foaming, is phosphate-free, fully biodegradable, suitable for both hand and machine wash of all types of fabrics for curtains.
On the surface, it seems that washing curtains is an enormous and hard to perform task. Washing machine and modern detergents will significantly facilitate it, and knowing the care rules will help you avoid ruining the fabric when washing it. These tips and proven washing gels will give you good luck and confidence in washing curtains!