Ottawa Fabric Retailers Share Secrets to Cleaning Drapes and Curtains
Spring cleaning is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Clearing out the clutter, packing away the snow suits, dusting for cobwebs, and of course, cleaning your drapes or curtains. These decorative yet functional window hangings have the power to add style, dimension, and the ability to instantly adjust the light to any room they’re in. However, they are also total magnets for dirt, dust, grime, and more. Left unchecked, this can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew, and you certainly don’t want that! It’s important to know how to clean your curtains, Ottawa—and how to keep them clean too.
In Between Cleanings
From regular dusting to spot cleaning, there are a number of ways to reduce how often you need to actually wash your window hangings. The best and most effective way, though, is to use a vacuum cleaner with a gentle brush attachment. It only takes a few days for dirt and grime to gather in the folds of the fabric, so it’s best to get into the habit of doing this about once a week.
Washing and Drying
The great thing about buying custom curtains in Ottawa, is that you can get them in just about any colour, style, and material that you like. While shopping for fabric in Ottawa, be sure to ask about the best way to wash each one. Some will be machine-washable, others should be washed by hand, and others still should only ever be dry-cleaned.
For machine-washable curtains, it’s best to wash them in cold water and a gentle cycle, in order to reduce the risk of damaging them. If you have any doubts whatsoever about how best to treat them, look to the washing label. Hand washing will take more time and energy, but for delicate materials, it can certainly be the way to go. You may also be able to steam clean your curtains, particularly if they are made from heavy, thick materials. For more information on how to wash different fabrics, contact your local Ottawa fabric store.
Like anything else, if your drapes are dry clean-only, then be sure not to attempt to clean them any other way.
You should always hang-dry your drapes and curtains, for a number of reasons. The heat of a dryer—even on a low-heat setting—can shrink or damage delicate materials. The tumbling motion can create creases, which in combination with the heat, can be very difficult to remove even with an iron. For the absolute best results, hang them outdoors on a warm day (with a good breeze if possible) and keep them out of direct sunlight. By allowing them to dry in their natural position, you reduce the occurrence of creases and wrinkles, and those few that may occur will be able to be ironed out with ease.