How to Clean CurtainsCurtains occupy the border region separating your home from the outside. Because of this, both particles from the indoors and from the outdoor air seeping through your windows get stuck in the fibers. Curtains can collect a lot of dirt and particulates, but fortunately they are easy to clean. Here are some basic tips to help you get clean curtains.

Dust Curtains

Dusting should be a weekly job to maintain clean curtains. The easiest way to get rid of dust from curtains is to vacuum. Use the hose on your vacuum and go from top to bottom. You can also use a damp cloth or a feather duster.

Steam Clean Curtains

Check to make sure the curtains are machine washable. If they are, it is safe to use a handheld steam cleaner on them. Follow the steam cleaner instructions.

Clean Curtains in the Washing Machine

Again, first check to make sure the curtains are machine washable. Place the curtains in the washing machine and add laundry soap. Switch the washing cycle to delicate and start the machine. Let the machine run its full cycle to completely clean the curtains.


Always, check the tag. If it is safe to do so, place the curtains in the dryer. Only dry the clean curtains until they are damp, then put them back on the rod. The weight of the damp curtains will help them hang better than if they had dried thoroughly.

Cleaning your curtains is a great way to improve the air quality in your home. However, if you still don’t want to deal with them or can’t use the methods above, you might take them to a dry cleaner. Do your research on the best ones in your area before getting your curtains cleaned.