There are many people in the world who never give their curtains or drapes much thought. They open and close them perhaps every day. The sun beats in on the backs of the curtains and drapes daily. Dust particles, insects and animal hair accumulate around and within the folds of the drapery. The same dust and dirt accumulates at the top of the drapery and curtains amongst the curtain hooks or folds. It gathers up and deposits itself at the bottoms of the curtains and drapes. So why should any one give this any thought? Because it is imperative to engage in curtain cleaning if you value a clean home or apartment or condo.
Curtain cleaning can be performed by the homeowner themselves or there are professional curtain cleaning companies that will perform that service. Often a carpet cleaning company will also clean curtains and drapes when they come in to clean the carpet. In fact it is a good idea to have the curtains or drapes cleaned when you have the carpet cleaned as they will get all of the dirt out of the drapery, some of which will fall on the carpet. Then they will clean the carpets after the drapery is finished and you will have a nice clean smelling home.
If you have curtains you will have to decide if they are cheap curtains or are they worthwhile having cleaned. If they are cheap curtains, then by all means go out and buy another set of them for all of the windows.
If the curtains or drapes have been in the windows for a very long time with the sun beating in on them you will need to consider if they will hold up to a cleaning. You can examine the backs of the curtains and check for places where the backing, if it has that, is beginning to split. Or if it has no backing, you can check to make sure the fabric isn’t splitting or crumbling when rubbed between your fingers. If any of this is the case, then you won’t benefit from cleaning the curtains or drapes because they will simply disintegrate when cleaned.
You also need to consider if the curtains are washable. Light weight synthetic material curtains usually can be washed in a washing machine. You will have to read the instruction tag attached to the curtains to determine if you can do this. Some curtains are made of fiberglass. If the curtains are made of fiberglass you might want to take them to your dry cleaners to have them cleaned there. Fiberglass can really cause damage to soft hands.
Larger, heavier curtains may be washed in a bath tub if they are too heavy for your washing machine. Otherwise you may have a commercial laundry with heavy duty machines where you could wash them.
After they are washed, you will have to dry them. They can dry in the dryer or on a line. Either way, they will be cleaner.Tweet