[Maintenance Tips] How to Clean Different Types of Curtains and Blinds

  • Apr 8, 2022

Everyone has curtains or blinds at home, but only a few will actually clean them on a regular basis! Long-term exposure to dust and sunlight can make them very dirty, and leaving them unwashed or uncleaned can shorten their lifespan, so it really pays to learn how to keep them clean so that they can continue looking their best. 

Cleaning Methods of the Different Types of Curtains and Blinds

Before cleaning, it's important to know that you shouldn't use a single cleaning method for all types of curtains or blinds. Some require a more delicate approach, while others can be simply thrown in the washer. Read more to find out: 

1. Cotton Curtains

The most common home furnishings are cotton curtains. The cleaning methods of this kind of curtain are relatively simple, and they can be cleaned directly in the washing machine. When removing the curtains, shake the curtains first, so that the thick dust that stays on the curtains can be removed, and the burden on the washing machine will be reduced.

In addition, if you put the curtain in the washing machine to wash, it is recommended to add a fabric softener to make it smoother and softer after washing. Of course, it is the quickest and most convenient way to clean the curtains in a laundry shop after disassembly, and you will not be afraid of the shrinkage of the curtains.

Interior: Voila

2. Velvet Curtains

Velvet curtains, which can be easily damaged, should be taken care of more carefully. Generally, velvet curtains are not recommended to be washed. Shake them regularly to let the dust fall off naturally. If it is stained, use a special detergent for curtains, spray it on the dirty area, and wipe it in the same direction with a soft brush.

Even if it is unavoidable to wash with water, it is recommended to soak the velvet curtains for 15 minutes in water with a mild detergent, and do not wring them out vigorously. It's best to hang them out to dry naturally. 

3. Lace and Embroidered Curtains

Curtains with lace and embroidery are particularly elegant, and they are an excellent choice for people who want to add a bit of a romantic flair to their homes. Lace and embroidery are very delicate, so it is generally not recommended to wash them in a washing machine. Before soaking them in water, brush lightly with a soft brush to sweep away the dust in between the lace gaps.

For embroidered curtains, pay attention to the shrinkage rate of the fabric itself. If the shrinkage rate is large, the embroidery may pull the fabric after shrinking and deform the curtains.

4. Roller, Zebra or Honeycomb Blinds

Common types of blinds include roller, zebra and honeycomb. Made up of a variety of materials, they cannot be disassembled easily and you shouldn't throw them in the washer as that may damage their structure. It is recommended to clean them with a vacuum cleaner and dust removal paper.

Interior: Playground

5. Venetian Blinds 

Venetian blinds are a popular type of blinds in Singapore. As with other blinds, they cannot be thrown in the washer. Most are made up of PVC or real wood (although the latter is less popular). With the former, it's recommended to wipe them down with a wet cloth. For the latter, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. 

Interior: Promethean Interiors


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