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Can drapes be washed?

Cleaning drapery is an essential part of maintaining a clean and fresh home environment. This can be done professionally or done yourself at home.

ripplefold style drapery in bedroom
Ripplefold Style Drapery

Professional Drapery Cleaning

If you have a local dry cleaning service that offers drapery cleaning then this may be the best option for you because it will save you hours of time washing, steaming, and dressing. We recommend Country Cleaners in Hayden, Idaho because they offer takedown and reinstallation services in addition to drapery cleaning.

DIY Drapery Cleaning

If you only have one or two drapes in your home and prefer to save some money, then washing drapes yourself may be the better option. Here are some tips on how to properly wash drapery yourself:

  1. Read the care label: Before you start washing your drapery, always check the care label first. Some drapes may require special care or professional cleaning.

  2. Dust and vacuum: Before washing, it's a good idea to dust or vacuum your drapery to remove any surface dust or debris. This will help prevent the buildup of dirt during the washing process.

  3. Remove hardware: If your drapery has any decorative hardware such as hooks or rings, make sure to remove them before washing. This will prevent damage to both the hardware and the drapes themselves.

  4. Choose the correct washing method: Depending on the fabric of your drapery, you may choose to hand wash, machine wash, or dry clean them. Always follow the care instructions provided on the label.

  5. Use a gentle detergent: When washing your drapery, use a mild detergent suitable for delicate fabrics. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals that may damage the fabric.

  6. Wash in cold water: To prevent shrinking or fading, wash your drapery in cold water. Hot water can cause some fabrics to shrink or lose their color vibrancy.

  7. Air dry or tumble dry on low heat: After washing, it's best to air dry your drapery to prevent damage from high heat. If you prefer to use a dryer, make sure to tumble dry on low heat to avoid shrinkage.

  8. Iron or steam: Once your drapery is dry, you may need to iron or steam them to remove wrinkles and creases. Be sure to use the appropriate settings for the fabric type to avoid damage.

  9. Hang properly: Finally, rehang your drapery once they are clean and wrinkle-free. Properly hanging your drapes will help maintain their shape and appearance.

By following these simple steps, you can keep your drapery clean and fresh, enhancing the overall look of your home. Regular cleaning will prolong your drapes' life and contribute to a healthier living environment.


For more information on drapes and other fabric shades, feel free to contact us!

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