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How to clean curtains

Find out the easiest and fastest way to clean your curtains

Emily Booth one of the writers at Hillarys

by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 06/01/2021

Updated: 09/05/2022

All our curtains are dry clean only, but there are other ways to keep your curtains looking great for longer. Here are some methods for regular cleaning plus expert advice on effective stain removal.

1. Start by cleaning the surrounding areas regularly

The bottom edges of your curtains are the first to show the dirt as they rest on the windowsill or floor, which collect dust.

By regularly dusting and vacuum cleaning your sills and floor coverings, you’ll help keep your curtains and curtain linings free from dust and dirt.

2. Next, vacuum clean

Dust will accumulate over time, but there is an easy solution.  All lined curtains can be cleaned by using your vacuum cleaner. 

Use the small brush attachment that is designed for furniture and upholstery.

Start by closing your curtains fully, then gently brush the attachment over the front of the curtains.

You’ll get the best results by moving from the top to the bottom, paying special attention to the edges. Repeat on the linings or reverse side of your curtains.  

3. Use a steamer

Steaming is one of the best ways to get wrinkles out of curtains. Here's how:

First, close your curtains and clean with your vacuum cleaner.

Wait until your steamer has reached the correct heat and move it over your curtains. on the lining side.

Start at the top and work in large sweeping movements to the bottom of the curtains. For velvet fabrics, only steam from the lining side.

While your curtain is still slightly damp, you can finish off the look by smoothing out any creases and creating neat folds in line with how the curtain hangs.

4. Keep mould at bay

If your room suffers from condensation on the windows, this could result in the build-up of mould on your curtain lining.  Mould is very difficult to remove effectively without discolouring fabric, so take preventative measures to keep mould at bay.

Keep your room warm and well ventilated at all times.

Simple measures such as opening a window can help reduce the spread of mould.

For rooms particularly prone to dampness, invest in a dehumidifier.

Replace single-glazed windows with double glazing to reduce draughts and retain heat.

5. Remove stubborn stains

If you’ve tried vacuuming and you still have a dirty mark on your curtains, what else can you do?

Rub the affected area gently with a clean cloth soaked in warm water.

Avoid the use of detergents or stain removers as this may affect the colour of your fabric.