Easy to Wash Curtains
You're thinking of replacing your blinds with curtains, but you want things that are simple to maintain. Blinds are simple to maintain and simply require a quick dusting with a moist towel or dust cloth. You may be wondering if curtains can be machine washed. We investigated this to find out all you need to know!
The fabric determines whether or not your curtains may be machine washed. If you have polyester, cotton, or linen curtains, you can almost probably wash them in the washing machine. In most circumstances, you'll need to send your silk, velvet, or organza curtains to the dry cleaning.
Curtains to Consider If You Want to Machine Wash Them
The very first thing you should do with any curtain is read the care label. Many curtains, like apparel, will identify the fabric content and how to best care for them. If there are no instructions and you are unsure, you should dry clean them to be safe.
Other factors to consider are the age of your curtains and any sun damage. Sun-damaged curtains will be more delicate and may benefit from gentle cycle washing to preserve them in good condition for as long as possible. You may also extend their life by cleaning the dust off of them before washing them.
If your curtains feature intricate box pleats or embroidered raised stitching, try hand-washing or dry cleaning to preserve their opulence. If you're unclear about the fabric content, you can always run a spot test on a hidden section of the fabric to ensure it won't stain with water.
- ● Best Fabrics for Machine-Washable Curtains
- ● Cotton \sLinen \sPolyester
- ● Nylon
Cotton and linen, if not lined, can be washed in a home machine on a mild cycle. You'll also want to iron them while they're still somewhat moist to prevent creases from settling in these natural materials.
Polyester and nylon must be washed by machine. Dry cleaning chemicals will break them down over time, so a short vacuum followed by a machine wash on a soft cycle at cold temps is all they require for long-lasting beauty.
With the advancement of textiles, polyester is being used to emulate many more traditional, and more difficult to maintain, natural materials. We've included some instances below.
The Appearance of Silk, yet Machine-Washable
Perhaps you want something that reminds you of European villas but despise the idea of dry cleaning. Fortunately, there are several great polyesters on the market that provide both sumptuousness and simplicity of washing.
If you want the look of rich materials but don't want to deal with the hassle of dry cleaning, many polyester mixes on the market come in imitations of more luxurious fabrics. We like these grey patterned beauties, which are not only machine washable but also give black-out light protection.
These star-studded curtains are composed of thick polyester velvet, giving you the sensation of a castle yet with the convenience of modern life. They are also available in a brilliant blue and a sexy camel hue to match any decor.
Jacquard Damask Polyester
This polyester jacquard blackout curtain offers sun protection as well as the stylish style you've been looking for. It is available in five neutral tones, including the beige featured in the photo, as well as black and three hues of grey. The top grommets simply slip over your curtain rod. These curtains are machine-washable, making them exceedingly simple to maintain.
Is it possible to wash sheer curtains in the washing machine?
Most sheer curtains may be washed in the washing machine. Because so many of them are now made of polyester or nylon, it is recommended that your machine wash rather than dry clean them. To ensure that your draperies last as long as possible, vacuum them first, then wash them on a moderate cycle with lukewarm water.
These gorgeous linen and flax sheer curtains are a fantastic way to allow in light while maintaining privacy. The fabric is very forgiving and may be washed gently with mild water and tumble dried on a low heat setting.
This ornamental sheer is made of polyester. However, just like the linen blend above, it should be washed on a gentle cycle and dried on a tumble dry low heat setting.
Should I wash or dry clean my curtains?
It is determined by the curtain. You may wash them at home if they are made of a machine-washable fabric. Professional cleaning, on the other hand, will always result in something cleaner and less work for you. Certain textiles, such as polyester and nylon, are sensitive to the chemicals in the dry-cleaning solution.
Can You Dry Curtains in the Washing Machine?
Yes, if you have fabrics that can be washed and dried. However, to remove creases, try drying on a soft cycle with low heat for ten to fifteen minutes. Then, place your curtains on a line to dry fast in the sun and breeze. Alternatively, lay them flat to dry. You don't want to hang them up to dry completely since the weight of the water might alter their shape.
If you do fully dry your curtains in the washing machine, be sure to use a low heat, soft tumble cycle to extend the life of your curtains.