There are a number of ways you can clean curtains and the best method to use will depend on what curtains you have and what fabrics they are made from.
No matter what curtains you have, one of the most important steps is regular maintenance. This involves regular vacuuming as part of your normal cleaning routine which will help avoid a crazy build up of everyday dust on the curtains. We recommend using a brush attachment and low power to ensure you don’t damage the curtains whilst vacuuming.
The type of fabric, lining and interlining your curtains are made from will dictate how best to clean them. Generally lightweight fabrics can be gently machine washed but we always recommend checking with the manufacturer before doing so. Curtains made from delicate fabrics should be hand washed or taken to a dry cleaner to avoid the risk of shrinkage or fading. Hot water, constant rubbing and detergent can easily damage delicate fabrics so it is not even worth the risk. Curtains made from heavy material are best steam cleaned to avoid a lengthy drying process which could leave the curtains smelling damp.
We would never recommend putting curtains in the dryer. They are best dried outside, preferably in a natural hanging position so they don’t crease and not in direct sunlight, to avoid sun damage.
We always recommend checking the manufacturers instructions on how to wash the particular fabric before washing your curtains. It may also be worth doing a test on a small sample of fabric. If you draw round it on a piece of paper before washing it, you will be able to see if it has shrunk after washing.