How to Clean Curtains and Drapes


Curtains and drapes are generally a major decorative element in your home. They are also a functional piece because you use them to block out sunlight and to close off your windows for privacy. With all this use, it's not hard to believe that your curtains can build up quite a bit of dirt and dust over time that needs to be cleaned off. With the exception of dry cleaning or machine washing, all cleaning methods can be done about once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dusting attachment
  • Lint roller
  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Use the dusting attachment of your vacuum cleaner to vacuum your curtains or drapes and remove loose particles and dirt.

  • Run a lint brush over your curtains or drapes to remove any dirt, dust or hair fibers that still remain on the fabric.

  • Dampen a cloth and wipe it gently down your curtains and drapes. This will remove all leftover dust particles.

  • Clean inside seams and folds with your damp cloth by rubbing gently. You might need to rinse the cloth and wring it out periodically as it collects dust and dirt.

  • Dry clean your curtains or drapes or periodically wash them in the washing machine, depending on the label's instructions. This is not something you should do every week because it will wear out your curtains. Only wash your curtains or drapes on the gentle cycle and in cold water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean both sides of your curtains or drapes, not just the side that faces outward.

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