Are you wondering how to clean silk curtains? You have to follow some simple steps, which I will be teaching you as you read along.
Don’t be lured by what other people in the UK think; cleaning this kind of curtains is pretty simple.
Here’s just a tip:
Be patient, get the right tools, give a little care and know-how.
Don’t worry, my friends. The tools that I’m referring to here one can find in your UK homes.
All you need to do is to follow the instruction religiously.
Make your curtains beautiful again.
So, without further ado, let’s start!
Steps To Clean Silk Curtains
Here are the steps on how to clean silk curtains:
Step #1. Prepare the water
Get a tub and pour lukewarm water.
After that, put a teaspoon of detergent.
Anyway, you can use mild soap.
It would help if you also remembered the correct ratio:
1 gallon of water = 1 teaspoon of detergent
If you’re wondering what soap to use, here are just a few recommendations:
Dawn, Palmolive, Woolite, or Oxiclen.
Step #2. Wash the curtains gently as possible
You’ve already prepared the water.
Now, it’s time for you to wash the curtains with care.
Gently do this process.
Don’t dwell on machine wash; hand wash is the best method for your silk curtains.
You should never try the former, okay? It will just lead to damage; I know you don’t want that to happen.
If a particular area is stained, you can put extra soap on it.
Gently and carefully scrub this area. Don’t worry; the stain will go away with just a light pressure exerted.
Step #3. Rinsing
Of course, you should make sure that there are no stains left.
If there’s none, it’s time for you to rinse it.
First, you have to drain the tub.
Then, rinse your silk curtains.
This process accomplished when you turn the water on and allowing it to flow through your silk curtains.
And also, don’t forget about the lukewarm water that I told you about a while ago.
Just lukewarm water, okay?
Too hot water can lead to silk damage.
Anyway, continue rinsing the curtains; wait until there’s no more soap left.
Step #4. Washing with vinegar
If the process above does not work, you need another solution to remove the stains in your silk curtains.
In a tub filled with lukewarm water, put one tablespoon of vinegar.
Why do you think we need to do this?
It’s because white vinegar helps in removing stains, as well as odour build-up from your curtains.
Aside from that, it serves as a bleach that will surely brighten your silk curtains.
Again, wash the curtains with your bare hands.
Soak it for around 10 minutes before you should rinse it.
Step #5. Rinsing again
Just like the process above, drain and rinse your silk curtains.
Essentially, you have to repeat step three.
However, in this step, you should consider the smell of the vinegar.
If, after rinsing, there’s no more smell left, then you’re good to the following process.
Step #6. Drying the curtains
Now, you can ball the silk curtains up.
Slowly and carefully, remove the excess water from the curtains by squeezing them.
In doing this step, you should take extra caution- as squeezing may result in wrinkled curtains.
It will not only affect the looks of your curtains; it can also lead the silk to stretch, thus damaging it.
Laying the curtains on some dry towels is the best thing to do.
After which, roll the curtains up; do so loosely.
In this way, you can help remove excess water.
Now, unroll these and hang the curtains on your clothesline to dry.
Avoid putting your clothesline under direct sunlight.
Make sure to place it under the shade.
Step #7. Ironing the curtains
Don’t wait for the curtains to dry totally.
Iron the silk curtains while they’re still damp.
In doing so, you can fix the wrinkles out.
But, do this process on the inside of the silk, not outside!
If you heat the silk directly, it’s prone to damage.
I know- you don’t want that to happen, so follow my advice.
Why Clean Your Silk Curtains?
I guess we’re all aware of how cleanliness is crucial.
The same is true with your silk curtains.
Here are some reasons why you should do so:
- Reduces allergies
- Smell good
- Minimises dust
- Looks great
Cleaning your curtains may take a little of your time, but it’s essential.
You see, curtains are visible in every corner of our UK house.
Besides, they’re beneficial to us every day!
They keep protecting us; in return, we should keep them clean.
It will still be for our good.
It’s A Wrap!
In seven easy steps, you will know how to clean your silk curtains at home in the UK.
Each of these steps requires a little effort.
Although it takes some patience to finish, I’m sure it will be worth it.
It’s for your good.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, as they say.
So, follow the steps above and maintain your curtains.
If you are following above seven special steps is how to clean silk curtains!
Until then, my friends.