Whether or not you keep your windows open, it’s important to freshen your curtains regularly. Condensation from the window and moisture in the air will cling to your curtains and cause dust and dirt buildup. Bacteria and mold can grow in your dirty curtains, and an unpleasant scent can permeate your home. Luckily, you don’t have to clean your curtains every week to have fresh curtains. A simple cleaning routine simplifies the task of keeping curtains fresh and clean.
Freshen Curtains with Weekly Dusting
Clean your curtains of dust by vacuuming them weekly. Use your vacuum’s attachments to reduce the suction and help scrape the dust off your curtains. Start at the top, vacuuming between the curtain rings, loops, or over the rod, where dust is most likely to collect. Clean one curtain fold at a time, so as not to miss a spot. And always work from top to bottom, so any falling dust will not contaminate an already cleaned area.
Freshen Curtains with Weekly Odor Elimination
After cleaning your curtains with your vacuum, spray them with an odor eliminator. Be sure to test the product first, to make sure it will not spot your curtain. Fragrance free products work just as well, although scented ones will fill your home with a clean smell. Be sure to keep the window closed for an hour after freshening your curtains, while the odor eliminator dries.
Freshen Curtains with Bi-Monthly Drying
For unlined curtains, you can diminish the effects of dust and humidity even more. Freshen your curtain every two months by taking them down and placing them in your dryer. Use a no heat cycle, and clean the lint collector. The dryer cycle will clean the curtains with a thorough dusting, as well as dry any latent humidity. And if you add a few sheets of fabric softener, your curtains will smell fresh too.
Freshen Curtains with Bi-Yearly Cleaning
Clean your curtains every six months. Unlined curtains can be washed at home by following the instructions on the curtain label. Lined curtains must be dry-cleaned professionally. If the curtain rings are tarnished or rusty, spray paint them with Rust Oleum hammered paint, or boil them in vinegar. And to keep the curtain rod smooth, rub it with a candle to smear wax on the surface. Keep in mind that sun exposure can rot your curtains, so check the back of your curtains periodically by stretching the fabric to see if the fibers are flaking or falling apart. There’s no point trying to clean a sun-burnt curtain as it will fall apart during cleaning.
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