Summer has come, all the windows in the houses are wide open and the warm wind is blowing the curtains and just in this season, it becomes very clearly visible if the matter has slightly lost its marketable appearance during the long winter. It’s time to look for a stepladder again, remove the curtains, wash, dry, iron and hang the curtains back for a long time. The process is not the most favourite among housewives. However, after our article on a few secrets of caring for curtains, you will understand that it is not so difficult and it is quite possible to get by with a little blood.
Timely Care of Curtains
The fabric for curtains these days is not very cheap and will not add beauty from frequent washings, therefore it is important to take timely and correct measures to clean the fabric. The most common and easiest way is to ventilate. To do this, simply draw the curtains and open the window wide. A fresh wind from the street will knock out the dust from the curtains. In a few hours of such self-cleaning, the curtains will take on a fresh look again. It must be carried out at least once a month to keep them in good condition. This option is suitable as regular care, but if the situation is more neglected, then you can resort to the services of technology. The vacuum cleaner is the main assistant of the hostess and here it will save the situation. You can also take a professional assistant for curtain cleaning services.
The best helper is a Vacuum Cleaner
To clean the fabric, you need a special attachment with a soft brush, which is usually included with the purchase. Sometimes you can do it with a regular dusting brush, it is especially good and handy for cleaning curtain rods. If none of these options can cope with the stubborn dirt, then you will have to connect water and detergent to the operation. It is important to know what material the curtains are made of so as not to spoil their appearance.
Cotton and Linen:-
These are the most unpretentious materials in terms of washing. You can add any washing powders that are used for daily washing. The problem arises only during wringing and drying when the fabric can deform and lose its original appearance, therefore it is important to dry it carefully, hanging it or spreading it out on a horizontal surface, having previously smoothed it.
Before putting it in the washing machine, fold it with the fleecy side inward, so that it will be as little damaged as possible by rinsing in the washing machine drum. Despite the fact that the fabric is rather heavy and may hang loose, you still have to iron it. It is important to guide the iron in the direction of the pile.
Silk and Chiffon:-
These are the most whimsical matters. They fade a lot during washing, they need to be dried only in a horizontal plane, and in no case near radiators or in the sun, but they should be ironed only from the inside out. It is better to give curtains made of these types of fabrics to the hands of experienced specialists for dry cleaning.
Just like polyester clothes, curtains made from this material do not require particularly complicated washing and ironing rituals. Normal wash at 30-40 °, dry. And ironing may not be required at all, since this material practically does not wrinkle.
Washing curtains in the car is suitable for more serious dirt
As you know, many today have curtains made of alternative materials, in which the fabric may be completely absent. For example, roller blinds are best cleaned with a damp sponge and a little detergent. You should not rub the material: it is enough to soap the problem areas, and then rinse with clean water. Both wooden and plastic blinds are especially easy to clean. In this case, a vacuum cleaner, damp sponge or broom is perfect. True, for the tree, so that it does not swell, you should use only dry rags and sponges. Blinds dry quickly and well in the sun.
Here are some more Tips for Housewives:
Wash the curtains separately from other things and on a gentle mode, loading the machine only halfway to make cleaning more gentle, it is better to dry the fabric in a straightened state and iron it through gauze, even if we are talking about an unpretentious fabric. When washing tulle, there is a secret trick: to restore its original whiteness, it is enough to soak the fabric in slightly salted water, and then lightly wash it in a typewriter.