Tips for Maintaining Your Draperies

Your draperies are one of the first things people see when they visit your home, but they also tend to hold a lot of dust and debris. Maintaining your draperies properly is important to extend their longevity and also help any allergy sufferers you might have in your home. Here are some tips to help you keep them clean and looking great in between your routine professional cleanings with J and R’s.

1. Invest in Good Quality Draperies

If you’re looking for tips on how to maintain your draperies, the first thing you should do is invest in good quality ones. Cheap curtains might save you money upfront, but they won’t last as long and won’t provide the same level of insulation. Draperies are an important part of your home, so it’s worth it to invest in ones that will last.

2. Hang Your Curtains Properly

If your draperies are not the correct size for your windows, they will not look their best. Make sure to measure your windows before purchasing your draperies, and be sure to hang them evenly. If they are not hung evenly, they will look lopsided and unfinished.

3. Clean Your Curtains Regularly

When it comes to cleaning your draperies, you should vacuum them on a regular basis to remove dust and dirt. If they start to look dirty or stained, you can spot-clean them with a damp cloth. If you need to wash them, take them down and wash them by hand or in the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Use a mild detergent and let them air dry.

4. Be Sure to Dry Them Thoroughly to Prevent Mildew or Mold

If your curtains get wet, be sure to dry them thoroughly to prevent mildew or mold. If they are only damp, you can hang them outside to dry. But if they are soaked, you’ll need to use a drying machine, such as a clothes dryer. Wet curtains can be very heavy, so be sure to support them well while they’re drying.

5. Iron Your Curtains to Remove Wrinkles or Soften Them After Laundering

You can remove wrinkles from your curtains by ironing them. You can also soften them after laundering. To iron your curtains, you will need to set up your ironing board and iron. First, make sure that your iron is set to the correct temperature. You will also need to use a spray bottle to mist your curtains with water. Be sure to evenly mist your curtains. Once your curtains are moist, you can begin ironing. Start at the top of your curtains and work your way down. Be sure to iron on the wrong side of the fabric to avoid shine. You can also use a steamer to remove wrinkles from your curtains.

6. Schedule a Routine Cleaning With J & R’s

Don’t forget that routine and season professional drapery cleaning with J & R’s can greatly extend the lifespan of your draperies as well as remove years of built-up odors and dust. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.