There are many reasons people choose velvet curtains, from their heavy, elegant feel, to their bold colors, to the touch of their smooth yet rough exterior. They come in a wide range of sizes and colors, but one thing is the same among all velvet curtains: how to care for them.
Use a string or rod to open them
You should never use your hands to open or close your velvet curtains. Too much hand contact and crush and bruise the pile. Eventually, this leads to handprints where you’ve grabbed them. The simple solution is using a string or rod. This allows you to open and close them whenever you need to, without fear of damaging them.
Cleaning your curtains
Because they are made of a fabric with a delicate pile, they should almost always be taken to the dry cleaners if they need to be washed. There are some velvet draperies that are designated as washable. These should be washed by hand, or go through your washer’s hand-wash or gentle cycle. Use hot water, gentle soap, and dry them slowly on a padded hanger. If you’re not sure, then err on the side of taking them to a dry cleaner. Generally, curtain should be cleaned once a year, though this depends on how well you maintain them.
Maintaining your curtains
There are a few things you can do to maintain your curtains. Gently brush and vacuum them to get rid of dust. Make sure you’re brushing or vacuuming in the direction of the pile so you can maintain the texture. If you need to spot clean, be gentle as you scarp up any debris or mop up liquid. Be very cautious when using soap or detergent and water. If you do use soap, following it with water to get rid of any soap residue can result in over-wetting, leaving water marks, and other stains. Test on an area of your curtains that isn’t normally seen to find out if your proposed cleaning method is safe.
Getting rid of creases and bruises
Velvet draperies don’t crease or bruise easily, but if it does occur all it takes is a light steaming to get it back to its original state. If your curtains say “dry clean only” make sure to keep the water out of contact with them.
Of course before you can take care of velvet curtains you must purchase them from Half Price Drapes! We have numerous options in a variety of sizes and shapes.