Curtains are an important part of interior décor.
Moreover, they keep allergens and dust at bay.
Curtains should be properly maintained, so as to keep their
attractiveness and prevent them from getting stained.
One of the best cleaning methods for curtains is curtain
steaming. Here are some of its advantages:
-- There are no harmful chemicals used, thus is
-- Your curtains will be disinfected and sanitized;
-- Dust mites will be killed preventing allergies,
-- It gets rid of bad odor and stubborn stains,
-- Your curtain's life span will be maintained,
-- And it's gentle on fabrics.
Here are 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Steaming Your Curtain:
1. Failing to inspect curtains before you wash them
Before you even begin cleaning your curtains, you must
One of the things to look out for is whether they have been
affected by sun, resulting in sun rotting complications.
If they have any sun rotting, they will tear when steaming.
The best thing to do is use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust,
and make plans to get new ones.
2.Failing to follow the manufacturer's guidelines
Guidelines on how to clean your curtain are usually printed
on the label.
Moreover, if you purchased your curtains from a reputable
store, you must have been advised on proper maintenance
Before cleaning the curtains, read the instructions keenly.
For instance, it is important to check whether they should
be cleaned using a washing machine, hand-washed or steamed.
Heavy curtains should not be cleaned using a washing
machine, as they could damage internal parts.
Heavy curtains, or those that are difficult to remove from
the rails, are ideal for steaming.
Failing to follow the instructions will ultimately damage
3.Failing to follow the right steaming procedure
The right curtain steaming procedure involves setting the
steamer's extendable arm, to ensure that it can reach the
top of the curtains.
Test the steamer before you begin steaming, by holding it
around 10 inches from the curtain.
Steam the top of the curtains first.
This allows the dirt and dust to fall down.
The steamer should be run down the curtain's length, that
is, in straight lines from top to bottom.
Do this for both curtain sides.
If the curtains are high, you can break the length in parts.
If there are still wrinkles, you can move the steamer about
10" inches closer to the curtain.
If there are wet patches, then you are holding the steamer
Find an optimal distance at which to do the steaming.
All the windows should be closed.
After steaming, do not do any further cleaning, especially
dusting for an hour or more, as the curtains may not be dry
and will pick up dust.
4. Waiting for too long
Most people wait for too long before steaming their
There are ways that prevent frequent steaming of the
curtains, for example, reducing absorption of smells.
When you are cooking, the kitchen door should remain closed.
You should also avoid smoking, unless when outdoors.
Regular vacuuming of curtains will help remove dust and
dirt, thus stains are not ground into the curtain's fabric.
Taking the curtains down from time to time and hanging them
in the breeze will also help reduce bad smell. All these
things will make steaming easier.
5. Failing to hire a professional
Well, curtain steaming is possible, even without a
However, with very busy working schedules in Singapore,
effective cleaning is not possible.
The best thing to do is hire a professional, who will take
their time to clean your curtain using the most appropriate
procedure, and do it thoroughly and keenly.
Remember, curtains can be quite expensive, and maintaining
them is better than having to purchase other curtains, after
damaging them as you try to steam clean.
Having them cleaned by a professional will also ensure that
they remain elegant and durable.
These are the 5 most common mistakes that many people make
when curtain steaming.
Now that you know them, you will be more careful next time
so as to make curtain cleaning an enjoyable experience, and
ensure better results that will not only leave your curtains
clean, beautiful, germ and mite free, but also ensure that
their durability is maintained.
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