If your curtains aren’t hanging as crisply as they once were, or you’ve recently washed your curtains and you want to help them look newly bought again, then you may be wondering how to iron your curtains. At Half Price Drapes, we’re here not only to help you find the perfect draperies but to ensure they work for you for years to come. That’s why we’re offering you a simple yet comprehensive guide on how to iron your curtains.
Make sure your curtains can be ironed
First of all, make sure that it’s safe to iron your curtains. For example, cotton and linen curtains may be fine to iron but you likely wouldn’t want to take an iron to a textured silk curtain. Take a look at the manufacturer’s directions to see if your curtains can be ironed. A good rule of thumb is that if they’re washable, you can likely iron them too. If they’re not, then you’d probably be better off taking them to your local dry cleaner.
Turn your curtains over
You’ll almost always want to iron the reverse side of your curtains. This ensures that in the unfortunate event that you leave the iron on too long, or the fabric doesn’t agree with the iron, any blemishes will be on the backside of the curtains where you can’t see it.
Spritz lightly with water
If the seams of your curtains have puckered, simply spritz them lightly with water. You want to use plain water here and not some of the formulas you can buy. They may have their uses for other applications, but when it comes to ironing curtains, nothing beats plain old water. Once you’ve gotten the seams wet, pull them back to size, but be careful not to break or damage the stitching. Then iron gently until they’re flat.
Let your curtains dry before attaching metal hardware
Once you have your curtains ironed, you’ll want to let them dry completely. Even if it seems that the iron dried off the areas you wetted, it’s still best to give them some time to completely dry. You can then attach them back to their metal hardware and hang them. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that it’s best to let them hang from a curtain rod to try. This can lead to unfortunate wrinkles that will just have to be ironed out at a later date.