Curtain Care




Curtain Care

Sunlight Considerations

Sun, as well as dust and grime, is destructive to fabrics. Light color fabrics generally reflect sunlight and resist fading. Dark colors absorb light and fade. Use lined window treatments, blinds, or shades to protect fabrics from the sun.

Acrylic and polyester stands up to sunlight better than other textile fibers and will retain color over time. Cotton, rayon, and acetate offer slightly less sun resistance. Acetate often is blended with silk or cotton to make it more sun-resistant.

Special Tip: If your windows face west or south, particularly if you live in a warm climate, consider professionally installed window film to diminish the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays.

Tips for Washing

Check the label before laundering ready-made curtains. If your curtains are washable, remove hooks, rings, and hardware.

Check that trims are tightly attached. Unless the directions instruct otherwise, machine wash on a short gentle cycle, using cool water and mild detergent. Tumble dry on low and remove immediately, or line-dry.

If necessary, iron on the reverse side. If seams have puckered, spritz lightly with plain water. Pull the seams to stretch back to size, taking care not to break the stitching. Reattach metal hardware only after the curtains are dry.

Caring for Lace

Remove dust from lace curtains by tumbling in the dryer on the air cycle. Many new lace curtains are hand- or machine-washable. Follow the label directions or gently wash in cool water. Use detergent made for fine washables.

For extra body, dip freshly washed lace curtains in a light starch solution. For a soft look, re-hang the curtains without starching while they are slightly damp.

If you use metals hooks, temporarily place a piece of tissue paper under each hook where it comes in contact with the damp lace. This will prevent the hook from rusting onto the fabric.

Caring for Sheers

Most sheers are washable synthetics; unless the label states otherwise, wash in the same manner as lace curtains.

Dry-clean organdy sheers, which are fragile and prone to sun damage.


Question: My curtains have little bumps in the texture, how do I remove them?

Answer: These ¡°bumps¡± you refer to are called slubs. A slub is nothing more than a thick place in yarn or thread. There is no reason to remove them as they are a natural part of the weaving process and are not a defect.

Question: How do I remove wrinkles from my curtains?

Answer: In most cases wrinkles will ¡°hang out¡± of a curtain ¡ª meaning, the weight of the curtain will remove the wrinkles. If, however, this does not work for you, a steamer may be carefully used. Yet please take precautions not to ¡°wet¡± the fabric.

Question: Should I dry clean my curtains? If so, how often?

Answer: It is not necessary to dry clean curtains. Furthermore, at The Curtain Exchange, we recommend against dry cleaning. The chemicals in the dry cleaning process can affect our fine fabrics in ways often resulting in shrinkage or a significant change to the appearance of one or all of the three fabrics.

Question: Can my curtains be machine washed?

Answer: We recommend against this. Washing quality curtains, or getting them wet during extended periods such as wash cycles, can damage the fabric.

Question: Dry cleaning and machine washing are not recommended. Are there any other options?

Answer: Yes, but the specific treatments depend on the curtain¡¯s fabric. A fabric with a high cotton content, or a synthetic, will, in theory, respond to stain removal. It is always best to test the fabric first on the reverse side, perhaps on the hem. In some cases a commercial product, such as Spot Lifter, can be used, but the results vary enormously, and some products will make the stain spread. A light colored solid silk is the most difficult fabric from which to remove a stain. Try a simple solution of warm water with baking soda. If that doesn't work, you may try following the instructions of a gentle soap such as Woolite?. If all else fails, you may resort to a high-quality dry cleaner or consult a professional. Also, you can call your local boutique, one of our specialists will be happy to help discuss the best solution.

Question: Water was spilled on my curtains. Will this damage them?

Answer: This depends on the fabric. Water does not usually harm the curtains unless the curtains are in water for extended lengths of time. If the spill on your curtains seems substantial, we recommend lightly blowing them with a hair dryer, set on low, until most of the moisture is removed. But be careful not to overheat the material.

Question: How can I remove pet stains?

Answer: This can be a real challenge. The stain may have penetrated through all three layers of your curtains. You might try a light solution of vinegar and water to remove the odor from the fabric.

Question: How do I remove a smoke smell?

Answer: We¡¯ve found that placing a bowl of boiling water and pure vanilla extract in the room near the curtains can dissipate smoke odor.



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