Most of us know that curtains can get awfully dirty, and often there doesn’t seem to be a reason for it. We clean our homes regularly so just where does all the dust and grime come from? And what can we do about it? Half Price Drapes has answers to these questions and great tips to help you combat this common problem.
Open windows attract all sorts of dust and grime
Anytime your windows are open, your curtains are in danger of absorbing moisture and attracting dirt from outside. Dirt can obviously create the dusty, grimy look you’ve seen on curtains that haven’t been cleaned, and the moisture can actually break down the curtains and cause molding.
Closing your windows isn’t the magic fix you might think
If open windows are one of the main culprits, then it makes sense that closing your windows will instantly fix the problem, right? Not so fast. Do you have drafts or cracks in your window frames? Even the smallest draft will let in air – and if air is coming in, then so is dirt.
Dust and dirt settles in your draperies
It’s not just outside air that’s getting to your draperies: the dust and dirt created by ceiling fans and air vents loves to settle in the cracks and crevices of your curtains. So yes – the problem is not just external, it’s coming from inside your home too!
Cleaning the rest of your home can lead to more dust in your curtains
When you dust and vacuum your home, it’s inevitable that some of that dust and debris will circulate into the air. As a result, some of these particles are bound to settle into your draperies. This obviously doesn’t mean you want to skip vacuuming and dusting, but it does mean you need to give your curtains their own attention.
How to clean your draperies
If you’re starting with dirty, dusty draperies, your first decision is whether or not it’s worth it to have them professionally cleaned or to buy new high quality drapes. The key to great care of your linens is to maintain them. Once they’re dirty, they can become clean again, but the cost of having this done professionally is often higher than simply replacing them.
For newer drapes that you simply need to maintain, dust and vacuum them on the same schedule you dust and vacuum the rest of your house. Check care tags to see if they can be washed, and what the best method for doing so is. The most important thing to remember is that there is no catch-all way to clean your drapes – it depends on whether or not they’re linen curtains, velvet drapes, etc.