If you have heavy drapes, you may want to keep them fresh and clean at all times. However, you may not want to have to take them down every month to wash them or have them dry cleaned. Below are some tips for freshening up your drapes between cleanings while they are still hanging up.
Swipe The Fabric With A Lint Brush
When dust is allowed to accumulate on your draperies, the color begins to look dark and dingy. You can prevent this by swiping the fabric with a lint brush. A magnetic variety works well for attracting even the smallest particles of dirt and dust.
Before you use the lint brush, use your vacuum cleaner's brush attachment to clear away any cobwebs from the top. Make sure you open the suction adjustment all the way to keep it from pulling the material inside and possibly ripping it.
After you have finished, start from the top of the drapes and roll the brush down to the bottom. After wiping the lint brush, repeat until you have cleaned the entire panel. If this is done at least weekly or biweekly, the job should go fairly quickly and you will keep your draperies dust free.
Wipe The Drapes With A Damp Sponge
After removing the dust from the fabric, you may still find grime or grease on parts of the drapery panels. For these problem areas, use a damp sponge that has been soaked in water that has a small amount of grease-cutting dish detergent. It is gentle enough for most fabrics and does not need to be rinsed because it is very diluted.
In a small bucket, mix together two cups of water with a teaspoon of dish detergent. Dip the sponge into the water and wring out the excess. Using gentle pressure, wipe the drapes starting at the top and ending at the bottom.
Repeat in strips until each panel has been cleaned. Allow the curtains to air dry. The weight of the damp fabric will also help remove any wrinkles.
The above tips will help keep your drapes fresh so that you do not have to wash them every month. However, if you are concerned about the condition of the fabric or uncertain about the care of it, you may want to speak to the representative at the store where you bought your draperies such as House Of Drapery. They may be able to give you additional hints and tips.