Air quality, allergies, and the common cold are all seasonal annoyances that worsen in the spring. Even if you vacuum your sofa, deep clean your rugs, and curtain cleaning in Sydney, and dust every surface in your home, spring irritants will thrive in areas that were ignored during the winter.
Homeowners will begin devising strategies for tackling those hard-to-reach areas under toilets, in the back of closets, and the attic, with some Australians under stay-at-home orders and others merely feeling the annual desire for spring Curtain Cleaning in Sydney. While cleaning those challenging areas can feel like a victory, if the prospect of crawling under the sink is too much for you right now, there is an easier way to start spring cleaning: your drapes!
Window treatments, especially those made of cloth, collect dust, dander, and odor molecules, and cleaning them is relatively easy if done correctly.
Continue reading to learn how to disinfect curtains and drapes to keep allergens at bay, combat airborne irritants, and improve your home’s overall air quality.
Curtains and Drapes: Three Easy Steps
Have your cleaning supplies ready?
Clean drapes when they’re either hanging or wash them in the washing machine.
Prepare everything you’ll need to clean drapes at home.
Cleaning drapes and curtains at home can be difficult, and part of the reason so many people fail is that there is so much contradictory information about how to do it correctly. Is it necessary to dry clean drapes? Is it possible to wash drapes in the washing machine? Is it possible to wash by hand? What if you don’t shower at all? Everyone seems to have an opinion about how to curtain cleaning in Sydney properly and effectively.
But it seems that everyone agrees on one thing: it’s important to prepare your window treatments and collect your cleaning supplies ahead of time.
If your drapes are made of wool, cashmere, have a lining, or have stitched-in pleats, they must be dry cleaned, so find a reputable dry cleaner in your area. Cotton drapes, synthetic fabrics, silk drapes, and sheer drapes all require different cleaning materials and, as a result, different preparation.
Hand wash or machine wash curtains and drapes made of cotton, synthetic cloth, sheer, or silk in warm to tepid water with gentle detergent is the safest way to clean them. To begin, make a small bowl of warm water with the detergent you’ll be using and Fresh Wave odor-absorbing laundry booster, and soak a discrete corner of your drapes in it.
Pay attention to the color of the water when soaking the fabric; if you find any dye discoloring the water, this means the fabric is not colorfast, and washing it will ruin its color. If the water stays clear, the dyes are safe to use in the washing machine.
How to Keep Curtains Clean When They’re Hanging?
There are other ways to clean drapes at home that do not involve bringing them down for curtains and drapes that are not safe for the washing machine or for tenants or renters who do not have access to a washing machine.
If you prefer to curtain cleaning in Sydney while they’re still hanging, all you’ll need is a broom with smooth, plastic bristles, a vacuum, and a decent odor-removal spray.
Cleaning curtains while they are hanging, as opposed to machine washing, would necessitate a little more attention. Instead of deep cleaning your curtains with detergent and water every couple of months, vacuuming them bi-weekly and brushing dust bunnies and dander off with a soft bristled brush on an as-needed basis would achieve a similar result.
Once you’ve determined the best way to clean your curtains and drapes while they’re still hanging, use an odor-eliminating spray to keep mildew at bay in between cleanings. Fresh Wave odor neutralizing sprays and odor absorbing gels battle typical household odors like mildew with natural ingredients, making them a healthy and efficient alternative to harsher cleaners.
To boost air quality, spray your drapes with Fresh Wave odor mitigating spray and deodorize surrounding areas with odor absorbing gel packs and candles. Then, when you see clear dust or dander accumulating again, brush or vacuum your curtains gently.
*Try a spot test on a corner or less visible part of the curtains before thoroughly spraying them with Fresh Wave to check for spotting or discoloration.
Drapes may be cleaned and freshened in the washing machine.
If you have access to a washing machine at home, rest assured the drapes and curtains can be washed if the fabric requires it. Washing curtains and drapes on a gentle cycle in cool to warm water with mild detergent is the safest way to curtain cleaning in Sydney.
Make sure your machine isn’t overloaded by washing one window treatment at a time if your drapes are long, and don’t cram too many curtains into a single load if your drapes are short. To effectively freshen drapes and neutralize odor molecules, use a mild detergent as well as a gentle odor mitigating laundry booster when washing them at home.
Find a spot to hang the drapes and let them air dry after they’ve been washed in the machine. If you’re short on space, combine washing machine loads with air drying cycles. Check the moisture level of the drapes that are currently air drying regularly, and start the next set in the washer once they are almost fully dry. That way, you won’t have a mess of damp curtains to deal with, which would make your window treatments wrinkly (and your home soggy).
Replace the curtains on their hanging rods until they have properly air-dried, and use odor-eliminating spray to combat any residual odors. Fresh Wave odor eliminators and sprays are a healthier option for families and pets, with all-natural ingredients and a neutral, fresh scent.
Spray uniformly from top to bottom when keeping the spray bottle 12” away from the curtains. This will keep your drapes smelling new, increase air quality, and jumpstart your spring cleaning.
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