Alright, let me see a show of hands. Who is long overdue on cleaning their curtain panels?
Yep, I was, too. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and admit that I haven’t cleaned any of them since they had been hung…and for some of them, that has been years. Gross!
But, when the magazine came to photograph my house a few weeks ago, one of the things that they wanted to do was switch out my master bedroom curtains for some that would be lighter in the images. As I was taking them down, I couldn’t believe how dusty and gross the top of the curtain panels had gotten. And we sleep in there, y’all!
There are a few different ways to clean curtain panels, so I thought I’d share them with you in case you are like me. Ahem.
How to Clean Curtains
1. Shake It Off – Like Taylor Swift says, “Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.” But seriously, if it hasn’t been too terribly long since you hung your curtains, take them off the rod and head outside. Give them a good shake so that the dust and dander flies off.
2. Sticky Roll – No, it’s not a new sushi roll (mmmm….sushi). You can use a sticky roller (or a thick dishwashing glove) to remove any lint or pet hair that’s stuck to your curtains. My big, sheddy, white dog loves to sleep up against our dark gray curtains, so we use this method a lot. It works pretty well for a quick fix.
Yep, he looks like trouble next to dark fabric, doesn’t he?
3. Suck It Up – If you have a vacuum with good detail attachments, you can use it to clean the curtains. Pay particular attention to the tops of the panels near your rod, as that is where dust seems to collect the most. I’m about as good with vacuum cleaner attachments as I am with hair styling tools (read: not at all), so I generally avoid this method myself.
4. Keep it Steamy – If your curtain panels are made from washable fabrics, you can throw them in the washing machine. I put them in cold water on the delicate cycle. Then, I put them into the dryer on a low setting. I take them out when they are still damp and hang them up immediately on the rod.
Since they are still damp and warm, I try to smooth out wrinkles with my fingers. For those wrinkles that don’t want to come out, I use the handheld portion of my HomeRight SteamMachine Plus steam cleaner. I just blast the wrinkle with some steam and then smooth it out against the wall.
5. Visit the Dry Cleaners – If your curtain fabrics aren’t washable, you probably need to visit your local dry cleaners. They will clean and press your curtains, so all you have to do is hang them up when you get home. You can also use one of those home dry cleaning kits in your dryer (I love those!), but you’ll still likely have to press your panels yourself.
Cleaning your curtains isn’t fun, but it’s something that has to be done every once in a while. To make it a little easier, I’m joining HomeRight in giving away one SteamMachine Plus to a lucky reader! This is the machine that works as a steam mop but has a detachable handheld steamer for jobs other than mopping. It’s easily one of the most used cleaning tools in our home.
To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment below telling me how you clean your curtains (or if you have never cleaned them). One winner will be randomly selected. This giveaway runs through September 30, 2014 and is open to US residents, 18 and older.