How often should you clean your curtains?

October 26, 2017

 Oh c’mon, we’ve all been there – we are guilty of making grand promises of cleaning our curtains and conveniently talking ourselves out of it when the designated day says hello and the labor and banality associated with it stares at us. We get you. But deep down, there resides a part of you that which you do your best not to listen to but it keeps telling you to get your act together. This blog post is aimed at that part of you ;)

We know you could use some motivation to get into your cleaning groove. So does knowing the fact that your unattended curtains can facilitate the growth of molds and mildews which are linked to respiratory diseases and allergic reactions, motivate you enough? Hopefully yes.

Okay so there’s something we need to tell you about curtains before we get on our soapbox about its cleaning; just because unsightly spots and stains don’t appear on your curtains doesn’t mean that they are clean. There’s more to it than meets the eye.

If you happen to live in a dusty area of a city then your curtains will be crowded like sidewalk cafes during holiday weekend, except that every day is a weekend and the visitors are nasty bacteria. In such a case, washing curtains once every 3 months becomes highly necessary. The same goes for people living near a beach; fresh salty scent of sea air is all charming for tourists but for locals, layers of salt trapped in curtains isn't charming at all.

Similarly, if you or someone in your family is allergic or hypersensitive to dust, then you would need to wash your curtains more often; say once every 1 to 1.5 months. Likewise, not all curtains can be hand-washed; you will need to understand and strictly abide by the washing instructions advised by your curtain-maker.

As for customized curtains that come with beautiful embroideries and borders, call for special care. Here again, go by your curtain-maker’s cleaning directives. Curtains with embellishments, lining, and interlining will need to be dry-cleaned professionally. Any attempt to clean curtains in washing machine will severely backfire, so please do not do it! Hot water, friction, and detergent will not be friendly towards your delicate curtains.

Frequency for cleaning your curtains will depend upon the fabric, colors, and intricacy of customization. A hard-wearing fabric in dark color can be dry-cleaned once every six months while a delicate fabric in pastel will need to become a part of your tri-monthly household routine. If you want a detailed guide on how to clean your curtains, click here

Let us know how frequently you clean your curtains in the comments section below.


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