Curtains beautify your house, offer privacy, block out harsh sunlight and muffle noise from the outside. They are one of the most important aspects of your living space as they can also accentuate the height of a room, making a space look bigger and feel cozier.
When it comes to deciding on which fabric to choose, you have an abundance of options. Curtains are available in countless styles and ranges of fabrics, each capable of complementing your home décor in its own way. If you want to add class and sophistication to your interiors while enjoying all the other benefits the window dressings offer, the best option is silk.
Silk is a delicate, illuminating, and beautiful texture that gives your home interior a royal feel and look. Some silk fabrics are expensive but are certainly worth the quality. Silk curtains are heavier than synthetic fabrics and they drape well. Silk gives a blackout effect that will keep the temperature inside the house comfortable. In high humidity, the house often becomes damp and mildewed. This can be prevented to a great extent by silk curtains as they absorb moisture. With a lustrous and smooth texture, silk curtains are available in vibrant colors and alluring designs to choose from.
Though silk is a smooth, flowy fabric, it can also develop wrinkles, ruining the grace of the drape. Sometimes, when you take out the readymade curtains from their packaging, you will find that they are badly creased and wrinkles remain even after installing on rods. Getting the wrinkles out is indeed challenging given the sensitive nature of silk. If you give the curtains to professional cleaners for cleaning, they will steam press them for you. If there is no need for cleaning, you can smoothen the creases at home. So, let’s see how you can get rid of the wrinkles without harming the fabric.
Let Them Smoothen Naturally
Sometimes, simply washing the curtains and hanging them outside the house will do the trick. Check your fabric care label which will have cleaning instructions. If the label says ‘dry clean only,’ it is ideal to take the curtain to a dry cleaner because the fabric is very delicate. However, a few silks can be gently washed at home. Adhere to the instructions on the label and wash the fabric by hand in cold water or in the washing machine, using the detergent specifically designed to care for delicate fabrics. After washing the curtain, hang it out of doors to dry. The natural heat will drain out the water from the fabric and the weight of water content will eb removed wrinkles. To avoid excessive direct sunlight, hang the curtain in the open for only about 15 minutes and then take it inside. Since the curtain will be still soggy, place a dry cloth over it and cover it fully. After a couple of hours, you will see a large portion of the lines and overlays on the curtain vanished.
- Switch the fans on: To speed up the drying process, switch the fans in the room on.
- Use a hairdryer: If the curtain is still damp and a couple of creases are seen here and there, use a hairdryer to dry the curtain and smoothen the wrinkles out. Switch on the hairdryer, turn it to the lowest setting and aim the nozzle at the area with wrinkles. Blow hot air on the area while moving the dryer back and forth until the creases are gone. If required, you can spray a little more water on the wrinkled area and then blow it dry to ensure better results.
Iron The Wrinkles Out
Ironing is the best way to smoothen out wrinkles from any clothing. However, caution needs to be exercised while ironing silk, as the fabric is sensitive to heat. The following steps will help you get the desired results:
- To remove the dust on the fabric, vacuum the curtain while it is attached to the rod.
- After vacuuming, bring the curtain down.
- Spread the wrinkled portion of the curtain with the backside of the fabric facing up on the ironing board.
- Take a thin, clean cotton cloth or towel and spread it over the curtain on top of the ironing board. This is to avoid direct contact of silk with the iron.
- Use a steam iron as it can handle tough creases. Fill the water tank and set the iron at minimum temperature or a specific silk setting.
- Start ironing slowly while pressing the stream button to slightly wet the cotton cloth and the curtain. If you are not using a steam iron, use a spray bottle to dampen the fabrics.
- Once you finish ironing a section, move the curtain and the press cloth on the board to iron other parts. Take care that you don’t rest the iron on any single section for more than 5 seconds. Continue ironing until you have ironed the entire drape.
- Lift the towel and allow the silk to cool.Hang the curtain back up and enjoy the neat, crisp look.
Handheld Steamer Comes Handy
If your silk curtains are relatively clean and you do not want to wash them, there is an effective way to smoothen the wrinkles without bringing down the drapes from the rods. All you need is a handheld steamer. Switch on the steamer and move it over the part of the drape with wrinkles. Continue to move the steamer to and fro until you get the result. Steam loosens the fibres and renders the fabric sans wrinkles. Then leave the curtain to dry. Steaming is a safe technique to ensure your silk drapes are wrinkle-free.
Handle With Extra Care
Silk is an exquisite cloth with an air of class about it. The above strategies will assist you with keeping your silk wraps fresh and without wrinkles. Since silk curtains are delicate and expensive, they ought to be taken care of with additional consideration.
- Always check the fabric label for washing instructions and follow them.
- When you use the iron, set it at the proper temperature and ensure that the hot soleplate does not come in direct contact with silk.
- When you sprinkle water on silk during ironing, water stains may appear on the fabric. In that case, be informed about how to remove these stains.
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.