How to wash net curtains

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How to wash net curtains
Net curtains take on a dirty, yellow hue over time. (Image Nic McPhee; Flickr.)

Net curtains cover windows to give privacy but still allow a fair amount of light into a room. Dust, dirt and other debris settle on the net over time and make the curtains appear dirty and grimy. Washing net curtains correctly keeps them looking clean and new.

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Things you need

  • Stain remover
  • Washing powder
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer or clothes line

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  1. 1

    Remove the net curtains from the rods. Lift the rod off the wall and slide the net curtains off one side of the rod.

  2. 2

    Pre-treat all stains with a spray or roll-on stain remover. Allow the stain remover to soak in for five to 10 minutes before washing.

  3. 3

    Set the washing machine to the gentle cycle and allow the water to fill up before you add the curtains to the machine. Add the washing powder as the washer fills up. If you are washing dark colors add around (250 ml) 1 cup of vinegar to the water to keep the curtains from fading in the wash. Use 125 ml (1/2 cup) of bleach for white net curtains.

  4. 4

    Add the curtains into the water one curtain at a time. Close the door and allow the curtains to wash. As you add the curtains to the load, adjust the contents to be sure they are even in the washer.

  5. 5

    Open the door during the rinse cycle to add fabric softener to the load.

  6. 6

    Put the curtains in the dryer or on a clothes line to dry them. Once they are dry, return them to the curtain rods and hang them up.

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