Dos and don’ts of washing curtains
5-step guide to washing curtains
Check care instructions: Before washing your curtains, always read the care label for specific guidance on materials, washing temperature, detergent type, and drying instructions. Some curtains may require professional cleaning or hand washing.
Remove hardware and pre-treat stains: Detach any hooks, rings, or other hardware from the curtains. If there are visible stains or spots, pre-treat them with a stain remover or by gently rubbing a small amount of laundry detergent into the area.
Load and wash: Place the curtains in the washing machine without overloading it. Select a gentle cycle, use cold or lukewarm water (unless the label specifies a different temperature), and add a mild detergent. Run an extra rinse cycle if necessary to remove all detergent.
Dry the curtains: Hang the curtains to air-dry, either indoors or outdoors (avoiding direct sunlight to prevent fading). If the label allows tumble drying, use a low heat setting.
Iron if needed: If your curtains are wrinkled after washing, iron them on a low heat setting, following the care label’s instructions and testing on an inconspicuous area first.
FAQs can you wash curtains
Can I wash all types of curtains at home?
Not all curtains can be washed at home. Always check the care label for specific instructions. Some materials, such as silk, velvet, or lined curtains, may require professional cleaning or special care.
How often should I wash my curtains?
It’s generally recommended to wash curtains every 6-12 months, depending on the environment and levels of dust, dirt, or allergens in your home. However, if your curtains appear visibly dirty or stained, consider washing them sooner.
Can I use bleach to wash my curtains?
It’s not advisable to use bleach when washing curtains, as it can damage or fade the fabric. Instead, use a mild detergent and follow the care label’s instructions.
Can I dry my curtains in a dryer?
Check the care label for specific drying instructions. While some curtains can be tumble dried on a low heat setting, most curtains should be air-dried to maintain their shape and texture. Hanging them to dry either indoors or outdoors (away from direct sunlight) is usually the best method.
How can I remove wrinkles from my curtains after washing them?
If your curtains are wrinkled after washing, you can iron them on a low heat setting, following the care label’s instructions. Test on an inconspicuous area first to ensure the heat setting is appropriate for the fabric. Alternatively, you can try using a fabric steamer, but always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and the care label’s recommendations.