Curtains are an essential component of home décor that help in improving the aesthetic appeal of the house. They can make a room vibrant and dynamic, making them the focal point of the space. Anyone who enters the room makes their first impression based on the overall ambience, which curtains contribute to immensely. Therefore, it becomes crucial that curtains should be cleaned and well-maintained to stand out in any room. However, it is a task that is easier said than done as it is time-consuming and tedious. Curtain cleaning usually involves removing, cleaning, washing, drying and finally ironing the curtains. It can take up to one entire day, which is not very practical. One of the convenient and effective methods to speed up the whole process is to steam the curtains. It retains the texture of the fabric and removes all the wrinkles at the same time.
What Is Curtain Steaming?
Curtain steaming is one of the best ways to remove the wrinkles of a curtain. The basic philosophy behind steaming is to use the steam to smooth out wrinkles in the fabric. This requires a steamer that heats up the water in it once powered up. The hot water, then, releases steam in the process. Contrary to some beliefs, steaming does not jeopardize the texture of the fabric if done properly. The only downside is that the curtains will remain moist for some time and will require a drying up time of up to two to three hours.
Advantages Of Steaming Your Curtains
Steaming curtains has many advantages. Some of which are as follows:
- Less Time-Consuming and More Efficient:
Steaming curtains is less time-consuming in comparison to traditional methods of cleaning them. In addition, it is a more efficient solution that ensures the drapery will last for a long time. The fabric appears richer and more luxuriant once it is steamed. Moreover, it retains its natural texture, as opposed to ironing- which has a higher likelihood of damaging the fabric.
- Removes Dust Particles:
If curtains are not cleaned regularly, dust accumulation becomes so dense that it gets embedded in the fabric. It affects the quality of the curtain and impacts its functionality as a result. More importantly, it affects the air quality of the home drastically. It becomes imperative that we steam the curtains so that these stubborn dust particles are removed and the air of the house becomes clean once again.
- Removes Dust Mites and Foul Odour:
When curtains are steamed properly, dust mites and other allergens are removed. In addition, steaming removes the odour on dirty curtains, making the room fresh again.
- Germ-Free Curtains:
The steam cleaning of curtains removes grime and dust effectively, making the curtains germ-free.
How To Steam Curtains With A Steamer?
Steaming the curtains is a scientific and efficient way to preserve the quality and texture of the fabric while removing the wrinkles at the same time. It has specific steps, which are as follows:
Hang the Curtain and Ensure Whether it is Suitable for Steaming:
Hang the curtain to be steamed and check the manufacturer’s label. It should be done to ensure that the steam will not damage the curtain as certain fabrics can be damaged or singed with the use of steam. Ensure that the material is suitable for steaming. A general rule of thumb in determining whether your curtains can be steamed is to ascertain if it can be machine-washed. If yes, then generally, it will be fit for steaming.
Heat the Steamer:
Fill the steamer with water as per the manufacturer’s instructions and hold it in the upright position with the steam holes pointing towards the curtain. Check the power of the steam by keeping the steamer at a distance of ten inches from the curtain. If the steam generated is not powerful enough to remove the wrinkles, wait for some more time for steam to generate and try again.
Start Steaming the Curtain from the Top:
Start steaming the curtain from the top downwards. If at an unreachable height, use a ladder or stool to ensure every part is getting steamed. It is recommended to start from the top so that any dirt that falls will be cleaned as you work your way down.
Move the Steamer Gently Down the Length of the Curtain:
It is advisable to move the steamer gently down the entire length of the curtain. If the curtain is rather tall, dividing it into sections would be ideal. The curtain should be steamed from a distance of ten inches to avoid any damage to the material. If the wrinkles persist, repeat the process until successful. The appearance of wet spots on the curtain indicates that the steamer has been held too close to it. In such case, re-adjust to the appropriate distance of ten inches from the curtain.
Close the Windows:
Once curtains have been steamed, the windows behind it should be closed and no more dusting or cleaning should be done in the room. Both these precautions allow the curtains to dry without catching dust particles from the outside that could settle in the already damp surface of the curtain. Close the window for at least one hour in order for the curtains may dry completely.
Additional Tips For The Steaming Process
Before starting to steam the curtains, there are particular points which you must keep in mind.
- Attention to the Fabric of the Curtain:
The majority of the curtains can be steamed quite easily, but some fabrics like thin silk or velvet, along with the painted parts, if any, might not be very tolerable to steaming. It is advisable to put a cloth in front of the curtain, then, use the steamer. If the curtain is made up of synthetic fabric, you might see some bubbling that could be tackled with a spray of water. It will flatten the material to make the steaming more effective.
- Use of Water to Ease out the Stubborn Creases:
If there are deep wrinkles in the curtain, the fabric should be sprayed with some water to soften them. Once it is done, it becomes easier to remove the wrinkles with the regular round of steaming.
- Pre and Post Steaming Operations: To get the best results, use a clothes brush to remove excessive dust particles accumulated on the fabric before steaming. Once the curtains have been steamed, they should be sprayed with a clothing mist to give them a nice sheen.
For these reasons, steaming the curtains is a much more efficient way of removing wrinkles. It is less tiring than ironing and is gentle to the fabric of the curtain as well. In return, it helps maintain the natural glow and feel of the material, further increasing its longevity.
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.