Have you ever wished you could block out any and all light in a room to have a cooler, more peaceful sleep? It is possible you’ve purchased curtains in the past and now are looking for extra backing to make the room completely dark.
If so, blackout curtains are absolutely the right choice for the home, whether the goal is to block incoming light in a nursery to allow a baby to sleep longer or to keep a room or rooms cooler in the warm summer months in certain climates.
When using blackout fabric curtains at home, the fabric is often exposed to any indoor elements that are present including dust, dirt and animal hair. As a result blackout curtains can get dusty, dingy and collect potential allergens throughout a home. Cleaning blackout curtains on a regular basis will greatly assist curtains to look fresh, clean and keep homeowners and family members healthy and happy.
We have provided a step by step process to detail how to clean blackout curtains and how to wash blackout curtains to maintain the investment and continue to allow curtains to stay in optimal condition.
Why choose blackout curtains?
As described above, blockout or blackout curtains are comprised of panels that are lined twice or three times with acrylic material that is white and black. The combination of the material and the triple panel lining assists in keeping out light, weather and even heat from seeping through a window and inside a bedroom, living room, movie room or den.
Because of the material and paneling of blackout curtains, it isn’t recommended to simply stick them in the washing machine on any general setting and hope for the best. Instead, there are individual washing instructions found on the drapes themselves and also easy to understand and implement cleaning we suggest to get the curtains back to their original state.
How to clean blackout curtains
Vacuum: Using a vacuum is a quick and easy way to give blackout curtains a fast pick me up. To facilitate this process, take the vacuum and simply vacuum up the dust, dirt and allergens from the front and the back of the panels. This is the first step to undertake before the deep clean wash. It is recommended that the dust attachment is used in order to create an easy way to run across the curtains and get the best possible result and can be done while the curtains are still hanging on the rod.
Spot Clean with Laundry Soap
For spot cleaning, it is encouraged to remove the curtains from the rod and spot clean with laundry soap by gently working on the spot with warm water, soap and a cloth. Once the spot has been gently worked, we recommend rinsing immediately after.
If you aren’t sure how the laundry soap will show up on the curtain, use a simple test spot in order to make sure the integrity of the cloth isn’t being compromised by the soap that is being used. Of course, never use bleach or any other harsh chemicals, especially with dark colored curtains that have multiple panels.
Moving to a deep clean method
Deep cleaning will be vastly different from spot cleaning and vacuuming. At this stage, if the curtains haven’t been removed already, do this step first. Next fill a bathtub or large, deep sink with warm soapy water. Use a small amount of soap, as much as would be used for a small load of laundry, and place in the tub.
Gently squeeze the curtains by working the material and twist to remove allergens, dust and other materials from the curtains. Once the curtain has been washed, drain the bath, rinse the curtains and remove as much water as possible. If needed, rinse once or twice more with clean, unused water.
After ringing out the clean water from the curtains, hang the curtains back on the rod or another drying rack method that can hold heavy weighted curtains and won’t gain access dust and allergens on the newly cleaned fabric. In order to quickly dry, remove panels if the option is available to dry faster.
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