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How to Clean Curtains to Make Them Crisp & Fresh

Curtains are some of the most neglected fabric in the house. Over time, the dust collects over the curtains and creates an allergen hazard, as well as an ugly looking curtain. Cleaning curtains is simple. The best way to achieve clean, crisp curtains is to iron them with starch after cleaning. You may be amazed at how much better a room looks with clean, fresh and crisp curtains.

Remove the curtains from your windows. Check the labels on the curtains to see what cleaning method is required for your curtains. If the label says to dry clean the curtains, do not wash them in the washer, which can cause them to shrink or become damaged in some way. If the label says to hand wash the curtains, wash them in a sink or on the delicate cycle of your washer.

Place curtains of similar colours in the washing machine. Do not over fill the washer. Usually no more than two or three panels can fit in the washer at one time. Sprinkle some washing powder over the curtains, or pour some liquid detergent over the curtains. Set the washing temperature to "cold" if the curtains are dark coloured and "hot" if the curtains are white. Turn the washing machine on, and allow the cycle to run.

Remove the curtains from the washer. Check the label on the curtains once more. Make sure they do not say "line dry." If they do, hang them outdoors to dry, or hang them over the shower curtain in the bathroom. If they are machine dryable, place them in the dryer with a static dryer sheet. Allow the cycle to complete.

Remove the curtains promptly when the dryer cycle has ended. If you wait too long, the curtains will wrinkle.

Set up an ironing board and iron, and set your iron to the appropriate setting for the fabric of your curtains.

Spray the curtains with starch to help them appear crisp when you hang them back up. Iron the curtains on the reverse side unless the care instructions say otherwise. Be careful not to iron wrinkles into the fabric.

Hang the curtains back up over the windows. Arrange the curtains so that they hang evenly across the window.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtains
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Washing powder
  • Starch
  • Sink
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Dryer sheets
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.