Top Cleaning Tips For Shades And Draperies

Top Cleaning Tips For Shades And Draperies

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Top Cleaning Tips For Shades And Draperies

Are you looking for the best roller shades in LA? Or are you in need of the #1 drapery in LA? Dream Curtains is the best drapery store in Los Angeles. All their drapes are custom designed and hand-made to perfection by a team of experienced designers who work with you to bring your vision to life. They have over a hundred different fabrics, sheer designs, and colors. Here is a list of what they do and what they sell:

• Roller Shade
Roman Shades
• Dual Sheer Shade
• Drapery
• Free Measure
• Design and installation are free, and so on.

Dream Curtains is a window treatment company in Los Angeles. It is a privately-owned business built on a foundation of passionate professionals who value what they do. Their goal is to make your windows look as unique as your home. The most important thing to them is ensuring our customers get the window treatments they’ve always wanted.

Dream Curtains sets the bar high by ensuring its customers get the best products, prices, and customer service. Their trained design consultants will help you choose the right design and decor for your home. They will help you choose the right window covering in the right color and style to match your furniture and the light in the room. 

Top Cleaning Tips For Shades And Draperies

Shades and drapes (sometimes called draperies) are both terms for fabric panels that hang from rods and cover windows. Both terms are often used interchangeably. But drapes are different because they have a lining that blocks light and hangs from the ceiling to the floor.

Shades and drapes need to be cleaned often. Every two weeks is a good start, but if they’re in a bedroom or someone in your home has allergies (or both), a weekly once-over is even better. Before you wash or vacuum the panels, it’s best to shake them outside to get rid of any dust or debris on the surface, or at least go over them with a clothing brush.

How to Clean Cotton Drapes or Shades

Most cotton drapes can be washed by hand or machine as long as they are not lined.

1. Treat stains first

Stains and spots appear more on cotton drapes and shades than on other fabrics. Most stains on shades come from fingers touching the fabric. Look for stains on the window treatments before you wash them. Before you wash your drapes or shades, treat any stains and clean them spot by spot.

2. Wash only on gentle

Pick cold water and a gentle setting. Use gentle laundry soap in the washer. Give the drapes or shades plenty of space in the washing machine so they don’t get crushed as they agitate or tumble. Also, iron them while they are still damp to stop wrinkles from setting into these natural fabrics.

3. Low heat drying

Put the shades in the dryer and set the heat to low. Take the drapes or shades out of the dryer when they are about 95% dry. If you remove them before they are dehydrated, wrinkles won’t be able to form.

4. When wet, iron

If you need to, carefully iron the slightly damp cotton window coverings. Cotton should always be ironed on the cotton setting. Use a pressing cloth to keep the fabric from getting too hot while you iron it on the wrong side. Rehang the blinds so they can dry thoroughly and eliminate any wrinkles.

How to Clean Drapes or Shades Made of Plastic

Solvents used for dry cleaning can damage synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester, so they should be washed by hand or machine or cleaned by a professional service. Synthetic, lined blackout shades are made to be easy to clean, and the label will usually say that you can wash them in a machine.
• Separate the light and dark shades and wash them on their own.
• Use cold water, a gentle cycle, and a gentle detergent. Do not use chlorine bleach on drapes and shades made of synthetic materials.
• Drier: Drapes and shades can be dried in a dryer on low to medium heat. As soon as they are dry, hang them up to avoid wrinkles.

How to Clean Silk Shades and Drapes

Shades and drapes made of silk can often be washed by hand. Use mild soap and a gentle hand to wash the dishes. You can do the same thing with other delicate fabrics. They should be hung up to dry.

1. Hand-Wash

Fill a large basin or sink with lukewarm water to cool. Please put a small amount of mild detergent and stir it around to make suds. Please put the silk into the water. Squeeze the suds slowly through the silk.

2. Rinse and wring out any extra water.

In a lukewarm bath, to cool water, move the silk around to get rid of the soap. Rinse baths until the water no longer has suds in it. Put the fabric on a thick bath towel as flat as you can. Roll the towel around gently to get rid of the extra water.

3. Hang to Air-Dry

Hang silk inside to dry, but don’t put it near any heat source while it dries.

4. While Wet, Iron

You can use carefully ironed silk drapes or shades if you need to. The best period to iron silk is when it is evenly damp. When you iron silk to dry it, water stains may appear. Put the iron on low or the silk setting. Iron the silk on the opposite side and cover it with a pressing cloth to keep it from getting too hot.

Cleaning Sheer Shades

Sheers, like some types of lace, need to be cleaned more often than other fabrics because they get dirty and lose color if they aren’t cleaned enough.

• Soak in cold water and clean

These delicate fabrics should first soak in the washing machine for about five minutes in clean, cold water with a mild laundry detergent. Get rid of the water.

• Use the delicate cycle to wash.

If you use a machine, choose the gentlest setting if the fabric can handle it. Pour a bit of mild laundry detergent in and wash.

• Dry and shape again

Put sheer shades in a dryer set to air only and with no heat. Throw in one or two dry, soft terry cloth towels. The towels will keep the sheer fabric from getting tangled up as it tumbles.To avoid wrinkles, remove the shades while they are still damp. As you put them back on your window, gently pull on the shades to get rid of any wrinkles and get them back to their proper shape without puckering.

How To Clean Drapes With Steam

Follow the directions for steam cleaning your drapes that came with them. In some situations, you might need to attach a unique tool made for fabric. When you clean, it’s always best to start at the top and work your way down. Note that you can’t use some steamers on furniture or window shades. The high heat can also damage some curtains. To ensure your steamer won’t change the color of your fabric, try it out on a small, hidden area first, like the back or bottom, and let it dry.

How Often Should You Clean Shades or Drapes?

The best way to deep clean drapes and shades is to take them down and do it by hand, with a machine, or by taking them to a professional cleaner once every three to six months or once a year if they are heavy or hard to clean. You can vacuum your drapes once a week with the attachment for upholstery on your vacuum cleaner. Having your drapes cleaned once a week will also help with allergies. If you own a pet, use a lint brush or duct tape to get stubborn pet hair off of fabric while using the vacuum. If you leave pet hair on drapes, the oils from your pet’s coat can change the fabric’s color over time.

Advice On How To Keep Your Curtains And Blinds Clean For Longer

Only some commercial dry cleaners know how to clean delicate curtains well. A company that specializes in cleaning drapes and shades is a safer (but more expensive) choice if you need to send them out to be cleaned. These companies will come to your home, take down your drapes to be cleaned, and then put them back up after they’ve been cleaned.


Window treatments can tie a room together by framing your windows with a fun pop of color, accenting your room with funky tie-backs, or giving your otherwise dull apartment a classy designer look. Blinds and shades both easy to get dirty and grimy. When you leave your windows open, dust blows in from outside and makes your home look dirty, even though the fresh air feels great. When you close the windows, the forced air from your heater or air conditioner moves your dust bunnies around. This makes it easy for them to make nests in the windowsills. It’s a lose/lose scenario. But if you make cleaning your blinds and shades a priority and do it often, it will make your window treatments last longer and your whole house feels better.

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