Depending on the type of curtains you choose, you may need to iron them from time to time. Often this is done after they’re washed, but even curtains that aren’t washable may be ironable. Ironing them can put a solid crease back in them and help to make them look cleaner and newer. Here are Half Price Drapes best tips for ironing curtains.
Iron the reverse side of the curtains
The first tip is to make sure that you don’t iron your curtains on the sides that show within your room. Instead, iron the reverse side that faces your wall and windows. There are a few reasons for this, but they all essentially boil down to the fact that you want the evidence of ironing your curtains to be on the side of your draperies that no one sees.
What to do with seams that have puckered
In some cases, depending on the type of curtain material and how long it’s been since you ironed them, you may find that the seam has puckered. To fix this, simply spritz the seams lightly with regular, untreated water. Then pull the seams to stretch them back to the right size. You must do this very carefully and be sure not to break the stitching. This is gentle work and if done too aggressively it can ruin your curtains.
Once you’ve gotten them stretched out to the size you want, allow the curtains to dry completely. Only when they’re completely dry should you reattach your curtain hardware and hang your curtains back up again.
Not all curtains can be ironed
When it comes to whether or not you can even iron your curtains safely, this is where you’ll have to use some common sense. Do you have draperies made from a gentle fabric like silk? Then perhaps you may not want to iron them. On the other hand, linen curtains can likely be ironed. If you’re not 100% sure if they can be ironed, iron a test spot on the back, bottom of your curtains. Just iron this small spot and then wait a week or so to see what the result was.
If you have questions about how to hang your curtains after they’re hung, or if you want to replace your curtains with high-quality draperies that will last for many years to come, Half Price Drapes is here to help.