The Holiday Season is upon us!! ‘Tis the most stressful wonderful time of the year! In all seriousness though, Christmas/Yuletide/Hanukkah, or whatever it is you may celebrate, is the absolute BEST, and you can feeeeeel the magic in the air. Especially when Michael Bublé’s Christmas album gets its first run of the season (is there anything like it?). But the pressure to have your house party-ready is on. It not only needs to look festive as all hell, but it has to reach a whole other level of cleanliness that you only reserve for when your mother comes to stay. Except it’s like that on steroids because this time your grandmother is joining too. Oh my God.
So what’s a sure fire way to give your house a fresh energy so everything feels clean and bright and breezy? Wash your curtains! Yes it’s a task and a half but it’s totally worth it. And what’s the best way to wash curtains, particularly blockout curtains, without causing them any damage? We’re here to show you how.
GET THE VACUUM OUT AND GET RID OF THE DUST AND DIRT
The first step in properly cleaning your curtains, before they get soaking wet, is to get the dust and dirt off of them. The best way to do this is to vacuum both the front and the back of the curtains. Leave the curtains hanging while you do this and attach the dust bristle to the suction. This will grab the dust and dirt that has settled on the surface, making the next stage of cleaning much easier. Plus you won’t be choking on dust when you eventually remove the curtains from their tracks or rods. Yay!
For the next stage of cleaning your curtains, it is best to hand wash them in the bathtub. Particularly lined, blockout curtains. A machine wash is too harsh for blockout curtain lining and can easily tear the lining.
Firstly, if your curtains have hooks, remove the hooks from the curtain heading. If your curtain heading is gathered, carefully let out the gather tape so the curtains can be washed and dried properly. Fill the tub up with warm soapy water, generally with enough detergent for a small load of washing, and gently massage the curtain with your hands.
If you find a stain, we recommend using a bar of laundry soap to spot clean the stain. Cover the stain in the laundry soap and gently rub the fabric together until the stain has disappeared. Once the entire curtain has been cleaned, let the water out of the bathtub and rinse the curtain with cold, clean water.
DRYING YOUR CURTAINS
Wet curtains are HEAVY. Therefore, gradually and VERY GENTLY (so the backing doesn’t tear as it becomes delicate after a wash) wring out the curtains section by section. If you need to, get someone to lend you a hand. Once you’ve gotten most of the excess water out, drip-dry the curtains in the shade. After this, hang them back on your track or rod while still they’re still damp. Make sure the curtains are closed once you hang them so the wet backing does not touch, otherwise it will feel the need to stick together and tear and ruin your life.
So there you have it, fresh curtains for your festive frivolities! Now kick back with a Christmas cocktail and let the madness begin. Cheers! 🍸