It is often easy to overlook the care of curtains with many people completely neglecting the washing of them for months or years due to either being unsure of how to clean them or not realising they actually should be cleaned. As curtains are hung at the window, they act as a barrier to the outside world, decreasing the amount of dirt and dust coming inside. Curtains hold onto this dust and dirt which then lingers in the home until they are washed. There is no right or wrong answer to the question of how often you should clean your curtains. The answer will depend on a number of factors but generally they should be washed every 6-12 months to keep your curtains fresh and odour free. It is a good idea to vacuum your curtains as part of your normal cleaning routine between these times to keep the levels of dust down. When vacuuming we recommend using an attachment and low power as not to damage the curtains. Opening your windows when cooking and airing your home when possible can help keep your curtains from holding on to bad odours and will reduce how often you need to wash them.
Three factors that may encourage you to clean your curtains more frequently are allergies, smoke and location. The fabric of curtains can trap a variety of common allergens including dust, pollen, pet hair and dander. If a member of your household suffers from allergies, a great place to start the household routine is washing the curtains. Smoke can cause fabric to turn yellow if it is left to sit on it and curtains will also hold the smell of smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes so if you smoke inside, to keep a fresh home we recommend washing your curtains every one to three months. If you live near the sea, salt will be the enemy of your curtains. Sea breeze will contain this salt which can damage your curtains if they are soft fabrics and are not cleaned or cared for.
Cleaning your curtains is not only important for your health by removing dirt and allergens but it actually helps preserve the lifespan of the curtains, keeping them in a good condition.