The curtain is a necessary accessory for the home, but it has a decorative role and a functional one. The curtains beautify every space while at the same time protecting us from both prying eyes and the weather, preventing direct exposure to sunlight and acting as thermal insulators.
In addition, the curtains also act as filters, as they retain dust, smoke, odors, air pollution, etc. This means that the curtains often lose their freshness, get dirty, smelly and cause allergic symptoms if not cleaned regularly. Curtains should be cleaned at least 1-2 times a year. How; Depending on the fabric of the curtain and the instructions recommended by the manufacturer on the label with the care instructions.
Washing in the washing machine:
If the fabric of your curtain allows it, you can wash it in the washing machine. Be careful, and if your curtain has suspension clips that can “injure” the curtain during washing, you either have to remove them or fold the curtain nicely at the top and then cover the point with the clips with a pillowcase and tie it with a rubber band. This way, the clips will remain in place without damaging your curtain.
Then gently fold the curtain and place it in the washing machine bucket. Please do not fill the bucket with too many curtains, as this will cause them to wrinkle more, and there is a risk that their colors will change.
Choose a mild cleanser and, of course, put on your favorite fabric softener so that your curtain smell of musk for a long time and do not wrinkle too much. Choose a mild program with 30 ° C or cold water and avoid squeezing and drying. This way, neither the color nor the fabric of the curtain will be endangered. Once the wash is complete, immediately remove the curtain from the washing machine to not wrinkle.
If your curtain is not machine washable and hand washing is recommended, then all you have to do is fill a basin with lukewarm water and a mild laundry detergent. Then immerse the curtain in water and let it soak for several hours. Rinse it with plenty of cold or lukewarm water and then refill the basin with cold water and add your favorite emollient. Soak the curtain for half an hour and then rinse with water.
Whether you wash the curtain in the washing machine or by hand, it will have enough water on it since squeezing is not appropriate. Therefore, if your curtain is of medium or high shade (medium-thick fabric), shake it well and spread it on the laundry rope very well, without being folded. Allow it to air dry without being directly exposed to the sun.
If your curtain is a soft shade, i.e. made of thin fabric, shake it on the balcony to get rid of a lot of water and then hang it directly on the curtain rod. This way, you will avoid ironing since the creases will straighten on their own due to the weight of the water. Leave the windows open to dry faster and does not have moisture problems.
If you have a dryer with a unique program for curtains and your curtain allows it, then put it in the bucket by itself and as soon as the drying is complete, remove it immediately from the bucket.
If you follow the above tips, you will likely save the time-consuming ironing of your curtain. However, some fabrics cannot avoid ironing, as they wrinkle easily and do not “lay” with the above tips. In this case, you must iron it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you do not have instructions, start with the lowest temperature and steam program and see the appropriate temperature for the specific fabric by gradually raising the temperature.
Having a steam ironing press will save you a lot of time. If your curtain is not crumpled, you can iron it as it is hung on the curtain rod with a vertical iron. Very easy, fast and straightforward!
Be careful if your curtain requires professional cleaning, then do not bother to wash it yourself. Laundry experts know how to handle a complex and often expensive curtain fabric.
Tips for freshening the curtain!
Because washing the curtain is not an easy task and is recommended 1-2 times a year, we suggest that you dust your curtain with a feather or a damp microfiber cloth once a week.
In addition, you can make a solution with water and some of your favourite fabric softener and place it in a spray can and spray the curtain once a week so that it smells like it just came out of the washing machine. Be careful to read the labels with the care instructions first, as fabrics only require dry cleaning and can be damaged by this.
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