Spring Is In The Air, and So Is Dust!

Posted on May 30, 2019

Even though Spring is about to end, it’s never too late to start spring cleaning, so grab your buckets and your dusters because it’s time to freshen up your draperies!

How to Clean Curtains:

To start, you need to know what material your curtains are. If you have no way of identifying your curtain material, stick to maintenance cleaning instructions to avoid permanent damage.

Garment Fabric Curtains:

  1. Remove all hardware.
  2. Shake outdoors if plausible.
  3. Wash two panels at a time on the delicate cycle using the cold setting.
  4. Dry on low-heat setting.
  5. Re-hang immediately- to prevent wrinkles.


Sheer Fabric or Lace Curtains:

Since sheer and lace curtains are so lightweight, they’re prone to wrinkling and snagging when wet. For this reason, it is better to wash these curtains by hand in a sink filled with cold water and one teaspoon of liquid dish detergent.

  1. Shake outdoors if plausible.
  2. Wash one panel at a time by submerging it in the soapy water for 10 minutes, then swirling to loosen debris.
  3. Drain, refill the sink with cold water, and swirl the panel again to remove soap residue.

Tip: To restore a crisp feel to sheer or lace curtains, dissolve one cup of Epsom salt into a sink of cold water. After washing and rinsing, submerge the curtains for 10 minutes in the Epsom salt mixture. Drain, and gently press out any water, but do not rinse. Let the curtains drip dry from your shower rod or laundry line and hang them back on the rod or track.


Acrylic Bead or Shell Curtains:

These curtains are prone to tangling when they’re taken down, so you’ll need to wash them in place.

  1. To make this process easier, hang a bed sheet behind the curtains. Fasten the bed sheet to the curtain rod with clothes pins.
  2. Lay towels on the floor beneath the curtain.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with two cups of warm water and 2-3 drops of liquid dish detergent. Generously spray the curtain from top to bottom.
  4. Wipe them clean with a damp white washcloth. Lightly rub heavy soiled areas if needed.
  5. Remove the bed sheet backdrop and let dry.


Velvet Curtains:

Some velvet curtains are machine washable while others require dry cleaning. Check the manufacturer’s label to determine the cleaning requirements for your curtains.

  1. Lined velvet curtains should be treated as Dry Clean Only.
  2. Unlined velvet curtains require testing for colorfastness by dabbing a hidden area with a damp white washcloth. If the dye transfers to the cloth, take them to the dry cleaner. If the fabric is colorfast, wash them one panel at a time on the delicate cycle using cold water and half the usual amount of detergent.
  3. Freshly washed velvet curtains should be laid flat on a cotton sheet to dry, and never placed in the dryer.


Dry-Clean Only Curtains:

Formal or lined curtains may have a label saying they should be Dry Cleaned Only. If you have expensive curtains that you’re worried about ruining, take them to a trusted dry cleaner!

If the drapery is old and you’ve been thinking about replacing them, you can try washing them. However, be forewarned, washing the draperies may ruin them. So wash them at your own risk!

  1. Wash one panel at a time in the machine on the gentle cycle using cold water.
  2. Remove them from the machine immediately to prevent the lining from wrinkling.
  3. To dry, hang them on a laundry line or lay them flat to dry.
  4. Do not dry them in the dryer or the liner will shrink.



Keep your curtains in good shape between washing with these simple steps:

Weekly: Before cleaning a room, shake your curtains to dislodge any dust. Wait about 10 minutes for the dust to settle before dusting the furniture and vacuuming.

Monthly: Once a month use the dust brush attachment on your vacuum to clean curtains from top to bottom, and pay attention to the top 5 inches of your curtain because that’s normally where dust builds up. Do NOT use the upholstery attachment since its teeth might snag the fabric and destroy the curtains.

Monthly Alternative: If vacuuming isn’t an option, remove dust from curtains by running them through the dryer on a NO HEAT (or fluff) setting for 5 minutes. Remove promptly and rehang to prevent wrinkles.


Cleaning draperies can seem impossible, and sometimes we’ll resolve to have “somewhat clean” curtains. However, it’s important to remember that dust might settle, but that doesn’t mean you have to! There are methods that aid in cleaning even the most stubborn draperies. Hopefully, these steps can help you spring into action, and assist you in some last minute Spring cleaning.

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