How to care for your brand new curtains

Often people forget or do not pay too much attention towards the maintenance of their curtains; as a result, the fabric looks dull, dusty, dirty and old in no time. Yes, with time and exposure to light the most expensive of fabrics will fade but with care and regular cleaning you can delay the process and retain the brand new look for a long time to come.

Here are a few tips on maintaining your curtains from a renowned upholstery shop; my brother bought curtains for his house here and raves about these tips.

  • Vacuuming: Vacuum your curtains with a brush weekly once to keep them free of dust and dirt. You must start right at the top and vacuum downwards with special attention to the folds, hems, and pleats where dust gathers the most. Vacuum both sides of the curtain.
  • Redressing: To maintain the appearance of the drapes you must re-dress the curtains on a regular basis. Tighten the holdbacks which will keep the curtains in place.
  • Steaming: With frequent use and harsh handling, curtains develop creases which look unsightly. One way of tackling this problem is to do steaming. But before you start the process ensure that the curtain is safe for steaming. Not only will steaming clear the creases but it will also remove dirt and dust.
  • Washing: Read the label on the curtains and decide whether the curtains can be machine washed or should they be hand-washed or dry cleaned. Always use a gentle detergent and use the delicate setting in the washing machine. Before line drying the drapes put them in a slow spin cycle for 15 minutes to remove excess water and then dry them. This will minimize the creases too.

Do not forget to clean the rods before hanging the curtains again. Do not hang wet curtains from the rods as the water will drip on the floor and moreover wet curtains are heavier than the dried ones and can bring down the rods due to too much weight.

With regular care, your brand new curtains will retain the shine for a long time.

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