The curtains in your home often tell a story. You can have dark and dull curtains or something that is a little more whimsical and carefree. Lace curtains are elegant and beautiful in any room. They are light enough to blow in the wind, yet they offer protection from the sun when you want it. Most curtains made of lace have elegant designs sewn right into the fabric of the curtain.
The length, design, and color of the material can vary, but many people like white lace in their home because it offers a soft spring feel. During the winter, you can add drapes to your window to help keep the heat in.
One of the reasons that this type of curtain is not used in a lot of homes is many people are afraid to wash the lace because they fear that they will damage the material. Lace may require a lot of gentle care, but once you know how to tend to your curtains, you only need to clean them once or twice a year.
Cleaning Curtains of Lace
Many manufacturers suggest dry cleaning lace because the fabric is so delicate, but I have found that you can wash them at home as long as you are extremely careful. If you have a delicate mode on your washer, that is a possibility, but I prefer to wash the curtains by hand.
Simply fill your tub up with cold water and a little bit of mild detergent. Make sure that the water is not too hot because this can shrink the lace material. Also, using too strong of a detergent can weaken the material. Never scrub lace; you simply want to swish the material around in the water and let it soak for up to an hour.
Additives for Washing Lace
If you find that your curtains are soiled more than they normally are, you can try adding a cap full of vinegar to the water that you are washing the curtains in. This should help brighten the lace without damaging it. For stains, you can add a ¼ of a cup of baking soda to the water. Never use bleach on bleach alternatives on lace because the harshness of the chemicals will damage the material.
Once the curtains are washed, you need to remove them without a lot of excess water. You cannot ring out the material because this could tear the details of the lace. The best way to get the majority of the water out of the fabric is to place the material between two towels and press them together to absorb the excess water. Then, you can simply hang the curtains back on their rack to dry the rest of the way. Never put lace in the dryer. In addition, hanging the curtains on a clothesline could distort the design of the lace, especially if you pin the fabric in place using clothespins.
What If the Lace Doesn’t Come Clean
Lace is fragile fabric, so if you are having difficulties getting it clean at home, you can always take it to a professional cleaner. If the material still will not come clean, consider drying the lace to hide the stains. Blue curtains (or the dye color that you choose) made of lace can be just as beautiful as white ones.
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