Habit: Cleaning Your Window Treatments

by StephBuckwalter on May 7, 2012

This is one area that often gets overlooked unless, of course, you switch out your window treatments seasonally. I have a hard enough time keeping up with seasonal clothing so I’ll pass on the seasonal curtains.


First up are curtains. Check to see if they are machine washable. If you take them out of the dryer immediately after washing you may be able to skip ironing. Check to make sure they won’t shrink in the dryer. There’s nothing worse than hanging your newly washed curtains, only to find out they are now two inches shorter.

Next are drapes. FAQ: What is the difference between curtains and drapes? Curtains are usually lightweight, unlined, and suspended by hanging on a rod or by loops around a rod. Drapes (draperies, technically)are usually floor length, lined, pleated, and hung on a traverse rod. A traverse rod is one that uses cords to open and close the drapes. Because drapes tend to be made of higher quality fabrics, you will need to read the cleaning instructions found on them. Options may be dry cleaning or steam cleaning.

Last are blinds. Blinds can be cleaned using a duster, light vacuum cleaner, a sock on your hand, or by giving them a shower. Depending on how much dust and dirt sticks to the blinds, you can probably get away with just dusting them. If they are near a kitchen or in a room where you run humidifiers, you will have to do a lot more work to get them clean.

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