We look through the windows each and every day, thinking “here comes the heatwave”, “it’s raining again”, “winter time”… Each and every day the window is the thing that brings our attention first thing in the morning. That is why it is good to put effort into the appearance of the windows, so that no matter the weather they can look nice, decorated with drapery or curtains.
Drapery and curtains are an important element of the interior décor. They should bring a personal touch into the interior and make it feel unique. Depending on the fabric, the interior can seem warmer, for instance with soft velvets, or Brighter – with sheer voiles. Besides the ornamental purposes, curtains are also very practical: they provide shade from the sun the street lights. For a more distinct Color accent, the same fabric as for curtains can be also used for the bed cover, cushions, furniture upholstery, or the tablecloth.
How to Wash Drapery and Curtains?
- Machine Washing
The most convenient way to wash drapery and curtains is to use the washing machine, but there are some things worth remembering. First of all, the detergent should be suitable for the particular fabric. Besides that, the temperature of the water should be set to 30°C at most – that will Minimize the risk of damaging the curtains during the washing.
To avoid having to iron the curtains later (or minimize the amount of ironing needed), the curtains should be first folded and put into a laundry bag, and the washing machine should be set for the minimal spin speed (400 or 600 RPM, depending on the machine). In that case, the curtains should be hung immediately after the washing is finished – the fabric may then smooth out by itself.
- Hand Washing
Washing drapery or curtains by hand should be started by rinsing out the dust and dirt. The fabric should be folded. Then, pour water into a large bowl or a bathtub – the temperature of the water Should not exceed 40°C – and add the detergent.
Gentle kneading is all you need, but remember not to rub the fabric, since that can cause damage. The washed fabric should be thoroughly rinsed in cold water and Gently pressed so that the excess water will be removed.
Easy Way for Whitening the Fabric
- Saline Solution
Soaking the curtains in a saline solution (250 gram of salt per 10 liters of water) for a couple of hours will turn them snow-white.
- Baking Soda Solution
The salt can be substituted for baking soda – the proportions of the solutions are a package of baking soda per 5 liters of water. After soaking the curtains in the solutions, the curtains have to be washed and thoroughly rinsed. Synthetic fabrics Should not be starched, unless a special product is used.