How to clean sheer curtains

Discover how to keep your sheer curtains looking great all year round

Are you considering sheer curtains in your home but aren't sure how to keep them clean? Don't worry — iSeekBlinds have got you covered. We stock a wide range of curtains styles and fabrics to suit every style of room and home.

There are so many benefits to sheer curtains — not least of all how attractive they are in a room. It stands to reason then, that you would want to keep your sheer curtains looking as good as possible for as long as possible.

In this short article, we are going to look into how to keep your sheer curtains clean and give you some handy tips on how to prolong the life of your curtains. So read on for useful information on how to keep your sheer curtains looking their best.

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Before we get started...

curtains fabrics

It is important to be aware of a few things before you get started with cleaning your sheer curtains:

  • What fabric are your curtains made of? This is important because it will depend on the method you use to wash them - and will dictate whether you can machine wash your curtains or whether you should hand wash them. At iSeekBlinds, we make sheer curtains from both polyester and blends, and we provide online instructions on how to clean and maintain your curtains when you buy with us.
  • When was the last time you washed your curtains or cleaned them? This is important because some sheer fabrics, when exposed to the sun for long periods of time, may begin to deteriorate. If your curtains have not been washed or cleaned for a while they may be quite fragile, and you may have to take extra care.

How to keep your sheer curtains clean

Now that you know what you're working with you can get started with the cleaning.

Step 1: Vacuum your curtains gently

The first step you want to take is to get the vacuum and place your brush attachment on if you have one. If not, just use the vacuum head and set your vacuum to the lowest setting possible. Vacuum your curtains very gently from top to bottom to get rid of any lingering dust. This step will make it a cleaner task when you get your curtains down as well.

Step 2: Get ready to wash

Once you have given your sheer curtains a good vacuum, you will need to give them a wash. If you have a delicate fabric such as linen or silk blends, then you will be spot cleaning and/or hand washing your curtains. If you have a more durable sheer curtain made out of polyester then you may be able to machine wash on the gentle setting.

Spot cleaning sheer curtains:

  1. Treat spills and stains as soon as possible.
  2. Gently scrape any soil or mop any liquid from the surface of the fabric.
  3. Never use abrasive products or solvents/industrial based cleaners.
  4. If commercial spot cleaners are used, they must first be tested and allowed to dry on an inconspicuous area to ensure compatability.

Hand washing sheer curtains:

  1. Fill your laundry tub or a bucket with slightly warm water and add some Napisan or soaking agent.
  2. Dissolve the product in the water and then add in your curtains.
  3. Agitate the curtains in the water and do not soak them for very long. Five to ten minutes is plenty of time for the water to get the ingrained dirt out. Maybe you can use this time to clean your windows!
  4. Once your curtains are soaked, pull them out and gently squeeze out excess water before putting them into clean rinsing water. Swish your curtains around to get the soap out and then rinse them. Wring your curtains out gently.
  5. Put a large towel out on a flat surface and place your curtain on the towel, rolling the towel up with the curtain inside. Let sit for a minute or so to absorb most of the water.
  6. Unroll your curtains and shake any excess water out either outside or in a shower recess. Your curtains should be mostly dry, but if they are not, repeat the rolling and shaking process. Hang your sheer curtains up while they are still slightly damp and they will dry into a nice shape.

Machine washing sheer curtains

  1. Place your sheer curtains into your washing machine so the machine is half full.
  2. Dissolve detergent prior to washing. 
  3. Set your machine to gentle wash at no more than 60 degrees, with a gentle spin cycle. If your curtains are particularly dirty, ensure you give your curtains an extra ten minutes of soaking time.
  4. Use at least three rinse cycles and each rinse temperature should be 10-12 degrees below the previous process. 
  5. Once your curtains are washed, you can roll them in a dry towel to get any extra water out, and then hang them when they are still slightly damp.

Benefits of washing your sheer curtains

sheer curtains

You should wash your sheer curtains on a semi-regular basis - even if they do not look dirty to the eye - as by the time you do see the appearance of dirt your curtains may be discoloured!

When you wash your sheer curtains regularly, you will ensure that you continue to have clean and fresh curtains that do not harbour dirt and dust in your home.

Regular cleaning of your sheer curtains will ensure that they remain in good condition for longer, which means your investment will last longer.

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