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How we wash curtains

  • October 2, 2019
  • HobyClean Customer Service

We’ve put together this guide on how to wash curtains of all types, including heavy fabrics that may need special care. With regular care, washing curtains needn’t be a chore.  


If your curtains are made of delicate fabrics and you’re worried about damaging or creasing them, a hand wash is a safer route that will minimize the risk of this happening. Hand-washing delicate curtains with Persil Hand-wash Powder, which cleans well at low temperatures. We use the bath or a large sink so we do not have to wash the curtains in sections and risk missing an area, applying care to avoid letting the fabric become water logged.

 Drying your curtains

Whether you’ve opted for a machine wash or hand wash, drying your curtains well is key to avoid mould or musty odors. We line dry your curtains on a dry, sunny day with a good breeze to get as much air around them as possible. Direct sunlight may affect some colors or fabrics though, so we try to avoid putting them in too bright an area of the garden. Alternatively, if the wash label permits, we tumble dry your curtains on a low setting.

We remove them when they’re 95% dry and leave to air dry naturally to avoid setting wrinkles. If your curtains are looking a bit crinkly after line or tumble drying, we check the wash label and iron on the setting recommended. One of the key things to remember when you wash curtains is drying time. Large amounts of heavy fabric can retain lots of water, which mean your curtains can take a long time to dry which could make them musty. These fabrics are often better off being steam cleaned.

Maintaining clean curtains 

If you’re wondering ‘how often should I wash my curtains?’ there is no straightforward answer. We advise you give them a deep clean about twice a year, but you may need to clean them more often if your home is prone to dust or odors. You can help keep them looking better for longer by going over them once a week with the brush attachment of your vacuum. This will help lift surface dust and help you enjoy fresh looking curtains for longer.   

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