Curtains are an essential furnishing for any modern household in Singapore. They provide functional benefits such as shelter from invading sun rays, privacy for your family & heat insulation as well as aesthetic benefits stemming from their design. However, they are also a magnet for dirt, dust and other foreign particles that enter from your window.
Given the large surface area that curtains have, depending on their material, they could potentially host a massive amount of dirt. This has the potential to raise health issues amongst members of your household in the long run and thus should not be treated lightly.
As such, homeowners such as yourself need to conduct regular curtain cleaning sessions. Yet, depending on the material of your curtain, different cleaning techniques will be needed. Using the wrong technique could result in the curtain being damaged and potentially being rendered unusable.
Polyester curtains are highly popular among homeowners as they are affordable and tougher. This allows them to be washed in a washing machine with cold water and detergent. Having said this, you should take care to follow your curtain manufacturer’s instructions as special care may be needed for them.
Once the washing cycle has been done, the curtains can immediately be placed in a dryer or hung out to dry. No special care will be needed at this stage, instead once dried, you can hang them on the rack.
A popular alternative to polyester curtains is cotton curtains due to the ability to complement many modern interior design themes. To wash cotton curtains, we recommend that you moisten any stains with a stain remover before washing them in cold water. Add in laundry detergent while setting your washing machine to a delicate cycle.
Like polyester curtains, once the washing cycle has been completed, cotton curtains can immediately be dried in a dryer or air dried.
Lace curtains make beautiful additions to your home with their typically eye-catching design. However, the downside is that they tend to collect more dust than other curtain fabrics. Furthermore, they have a more specific cleaning routine than others. For starters, you would have hand wash lace curtains as the fabric is unable to stand up against the force generated from washing machine spin cycles.
In addition, it is recommended that you hand wash them with warm water, detergent and household ammonia. You may soak the lace curtains in this mixture of 15 minutes before washing off the soap.
Lace curtains should not be placed in a dryer but instead, you may use towels to absorb excess water before air drying them.
Velvet curtains are the heavier material of the lot, providing your home with a classy touch. Furthermore, they provide superior heat, light and sound insulation due to their thickness.
To wash velvet curtains, you should mix dishwashing detergent with water and spray it on to the curtain. Rub off all stains before brushing the curtain dry. At no point should you ash the curtains as their thickness makes it hard for them to dry.
Getting Professional Help
Cleaning more complex curtain materials such as lace and velvet can be challenging for homeowners who are afraid of damaging them. In which case, professional curtain cleaning services exist to do a thorough and safe cleaning job on them.