Tips for Cleaning Your Curtains & Drapes

Once you’ve chosen your window covering design, it can be extremely frustrating to watch them gather dust and deteriorate. We’ve put together this helpful guide to maintaining and cleaning your curtains and drapes.

Dealing with Dust

To keep dust from accumulating on your curtains and drapes, the best thing to do is clean them regularly. Make it part of your weekly cleaning schedule to give them a light shake and inspection. Curtain rails can be one area particularly prone to accumulating dust because they are above eye level. Use a long-handled duster to sweep along the top of curtain rails. Heavy curtains can be vacuumed using the upholstery head on a vacuum.

Wipe blinds down with a dry cloth. Once again, the trick to managing their cleanliness is repeating this process regularly.

Avoiding Mould

Mould is not just unsightly; it can also be extremely detrimental to health. As curtains and blinds are often located between you and the source of air, removing it should be a high priority. When removing mould, if possible take the item being cleaned away from other household surfaces. Outdoors is ideal so you don’t spread spores.

Follow whatever directions for cleaning are on the fabric, whether that is machine washing or dry cleaning. Hopefully, this takes care of the problem. If manual cleaning is required, it is better to use light, repeated alternating efforts with a brush and damp cloth. Avoid using too much force or you will create abrasions in the surface that become perfect sites for dust and further mould to accumulate.

Removing Stains

To remove stains from your window furnishings, the first step is to clean them as per the materials’ instructions. If the stain is persistent, there are a few options you can try. It is important to spot test the fabric to ensure discolouration, fading and fraying does not occur.

One strategy is to soak the stain in lemon juice and then coat the stain in salt. Massage the salt into the stained area and allow to rest for a few moments before rinsing the entire area. Avoid leaving lemon juice to dry into the fabric as it may leave its own stain. Another strategy is to use hydrogen peroxide bleach on white fabrics and let it sit until it dries, repeating as necessary.

It is important to spot test these methods on an inconspicuous part of the fabric to test that they don't cause discolouration or damage.

Sun Damage

UV rays damage plastic or vinyl blinds, causing them to become yellowed over time. This process is due to the way ultraviolet light interacts with the chemical bonds in this synthetic material. It is not possible to reverse this photochemical reaction in any meaningful way, but the appearance can be overcome.

To refresh plastic blinds, remove them from your window and soak in a diluted solution of bleach for several hours. Alternatively, wash them with a diluted solution of bleach in situ, using an old towel to prevent the solution from dripping onto windowsills. Once washed, make sure to thoroughly rinse with water and completely dry.

Still Not as Clean as You Would Like?

Here at Curtains Direct, we’ve been in this business for thirty years. There isn’t a lot we haven’t seen. If you need expert advice on cleaning your window coverings, call us. Our team are professional and respectful and will be able to offer bespoke solutions. Contact us for help.