What are Blackout Curtains?
Blackout curtains make a versatile choice of window treatment for your homes. They are perfect for rooms that require complete light blockage, heat and noise reduction like bedrooms, media and photography rooms and nurseries. They help to address several concerns without any hassle and without compromising the aesthetic beauty and look of the room. They are available in a range of gorgeous colors that blend with your existing decor and have offer the same luxurious appeal as any other curtain and drape. Ready-made blackout curtains can be bought easily from the stores and you can get them custom-made to fit your windows to ensure maximum coverage.
Blackout Curtains & Wrinkles
Often, when these curtains are delivered you will find wrinkles on them as they come folded and packed in small boxes. Some people seem not to bother much about these wrinkles and go ahead and get them hanged. But for some people these wrinkles can be extremely frustrating and annoying. A wrinkled curtain ruins the appearance of the curtains and spoils the aesthetics of the room. They look poorly and in bad taste. You will soon be looking for ways to get the wrinkles removed and unlike normal curtains, it may not be as easy to get rid of winkles on blackout curtains. Some of the wrinkles can be quite stubborn and can really test your patience. We have compiled a list of methods which will help you to get rid of the wrinkles.
Ways to Remove Creases & Wrinkles
The first and foremost method that is commonly used to get rid of the wrinkles is using steam iron. It is an effective way to steam out the creases and wrinkles from your blackout curtains. To do this, make sure that the curtains are hung straight and then follow the steps given below.
- Let the iron warm up to a proper temperature for your fabric.
- Garment steamers are best as they don’t spoil your fabric. If you don’t have a garment steam you can use your normal iron machine but you have to be more cautious.
- Stretch the curtains to help the steam to shoot through the different layers of the fabric.
- Stand where the foam or rubber backing of the curtain is located and allow the steam to shoot through. Ask a helper to hold the bottom of the curtain firmly but not too tightly.
- Glide the iron slowly and gently from upward to downward and concentrate on places where there are more wrinkles.
- The iron should never touch the rubber backing or foam as they could melt from heat.
- Allow the curtains to cool. Repeat the process for the front side of the curtain once you are done with the rear side.
Dryer is another way to ease out the creases from the blackout curtains. However before you get working it is important to go through the manufacturer’s guidance. Some curtains are not recommended for machine wash or use of dryer. In such instances you can opt for spot removing method.
If machine wash and use of dryer is permitted, then give it a try. Throw in a damp towel or washcloth along with the curtains in the dryer. Make sure that the dryer is set at the lowest heat setting.
If the wrinkles on your blackout curtains are not very deep or in plenty you can go for humidity method to ease out the crease. Follow the below steps to get your work done.
- Take your curtains and hang them in the bathroom. Turn on the hot shower to create steam in the bathroom.
- Close the tap and shut the door. Allow the curtains to hang in the bathroom for 2-3 hours. The steam helps to clear the wrinkles from the curtains.
We have already mentioned how to use steam to ease out the creases from your blackout curtains. This method may not always work in which case you can directly iron your blackout curtains. It is possible to use iron directly using the right precautions and by remaining focussed. Let us see how you can achieve this without causing any damage to your curtains.
- Set up your ironing table and place an aluminium foil over it.
- Place the blackout curtains on the foil with the insulation side down. It is critical not to iron the insulation side as this could melt the rubber or the foam. The foil helps to distributing the heat evenly.
- On top of the curtain place a thin bed sheet. Direct contact with the fabric of the curtain could burn it. The bed sheet helps to protect the fabric from excess heat.
- The iron must be at the lowest setting and concentrate on a small portion at a time. Once you have properly ironed out an area you can move to the next.
- Once the creases are removed, hang them right back to the windows to prevent them getting fresh wrinkles.
You can use any of the methods that suit you. You have to remain alert and cautious at all times to prevent the curtains from getting damaged. Wrinkles and creases can not only ruin the look of your curtains but also downgrade the style of the room. Even new unwashed curtains can develop creases and you have to get them removed to restore the look and beauty of your blackout curtains.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.