How to Remove Water Stains From Drapes

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Water stains can be removed from drapes.
Water stains can be removed from drapes. (Image: Lace Curtain image by Empath from Fotolia.com)

Drapes help unify a room’s decor. They also block out the harsh sunlight and heat from outdoors. To keep your drapes looking their best, it is important to wash them once a year. When you wash your drapes, you may notice some water stains, which can come from condensation from the window. Follow a few easy and quick tips, however, and your drapes will soon look like new.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mild detergent
  • Clothesline

Put the drapes in a sink filled with cold water and 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar. Let the drapes soak for two hours. The vinegar will help remove the water stains while being gentle with the delicate fabric.

Rinse the drapes with cold water and empty the sink. Fill the sink with cold water and 1/4 cup of mild detergent. Add the drapes and let them soak for 10 minutes. Wash the drapes gently by rubbing them together for three to five minutes. Rinse the drapes with cold water and carefully wring them out.

Hang the drapes to dry on a clothesline. Once the drapes are totally dry, hang them immediately to prevent wrinkles.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use hot or warm water with the drapes because they could shrink.
  • Machine-washing drapes could cause them to disintegrate.

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References

  • "The Cleaning Encyclopedia"; Don Aslett; 1999
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