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Have a sliding door? Keep your window treatments clean

A tieback like this can save your drapes this summer.

A tieback like this can save your drapes this summer.

As summer approaches, many of us relish the opportunity to open our French or sliding doors, allowing the warm breeze and fresh air to waft. Of course, this can present a problem for those of us who are used to sliding our curtains and drapes out of the way to make room for the space. 

After all, there's nothing worse than dirty fingerprints or mud stains on your precious window treatments, and since you probably gave these a good cleaning before the start of the season, it would be a shame to have your efforts spoiled so soon. If you have kids in the house, your drapery is at an even greater risk, since they are known for having a trail of dirt follow them nearly everywhere they go. 

Luckily, there are a few solutions that will keep your drapes in great shape even as your family uses these doors. Even if you typically keep your sheer drapes closed during the year, it might make sense to invest in some beautiful tiebacks for the summer. This way, any time the doors are open, you won't have to worry about the window treatments getting in the way. 

You can also facilitate their sliding abilities by adding something that you and the family can grab onto to the hardware. This way, you won't have to worry about your curtains becoming damaged by messy hands rushing outside.