How to Care for Taffeta Curtains

Updated February 21, 2017

Caring for taffeta curtains isn't difficult, but it's important to know a bit about the fabric before you begin.Taffeta may be made of either natural silk fibres or artificial fibres such as polyester or nylon, or sometimes a combination of natural silk and artificial fibres. The name taffeta refers not to the make-up of the fabric but to its soft feel and shiny smooth appearance. The method used to care for taffeta curtains will depend on the specific make-up of the fabric.

Vacuum taffeta curtains periodically to keep them clean and dust-free. Use a hand-held vacuum or a canister vacuum with a drapery attachment. Removing dust from the fabric will prolong the life of the taffeta curtains.

Dry-clean taffeta curtains constructed of silk. Don't hand-wash or machine-wash silk taffeta, as water can leave permanent stains on the fabric. Taffeta constructed of a combination of silk and man-made fibres should also be dry-cleaned.

Machine-wash polyester or nylon taffeta curtains using cool water and a gentle spin cycle. If the curtains are embroidered, place them in a large laundry bag. Polyester or nylon taffeta can also be hand-washed. Use a liquid washing powder, and never use bleach.

Hang taffeta curtains and most wrinkles will disappear in a few days. If the curtains are still wrinkled, press the curtains on the wrong side of the fabric, using an iron set on low heat. Be sure the iron doesn't contain water, and avoid using steam.


Be sure curtains are lined if you live in a hot, sunny climate, as UV rays will cause the fibres to wear out quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-held or canister vacuum
  • Liquid washing powder
  • Laundry bag
  • Iron
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M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.