How to Clean Drapes without a Steamer How to Clean Drapes without a Steamer

What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment
Step stool
Knee-high stocking
2 cups warm water
Dishwashing liquid
Sponge (clean and new if possible)
Spray bottle

Steamers come in handy when cleaning drapes, but they’re expensive and can sometimes be difficult to operate. While this is the recommended way to clean drapes, there are other alternatives to getting them clean.

How you go about cleaning your drapes will vary based on the different materials from which they are made. Generally though, most drapes require dry cleaning.

Step 1 – Vacuum Drapes

Use a step stool and your vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment on the hose to suck all the dust off of the curtains. If the fabric gets caught in your vacuum, stretch the knee-high stocking over the end of the attachment and continue. Start from the top and work your way down, changing the stocking as needed. If you need to use a step stool mind your footing.

Step 2 – Spot Clean

Add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid to your warm water. You don’t have to agitate it or anything, because when you dip your sponge into it and wring it out, that will create suds. Spritz a little bit of your soapy water onto the dirt spot, and let it sit for about a minute. Blot your damp sponge with a little bit of suds onto the spots that need cleaning, and work them in with your sponge. Then rinse your sponge out really well with hot water in your sink, and go back to blotting the dirt spot out of the fabric. Rinse one more time and repeat, allowing it to air dry. If there are water spots, you can use the steam function on your iron to remove them.

If you need to clean fabric shades, the method is the same.

Step 3 – Iron and Fluff

When the curtains have dried, if you can remove them, do so and iron them. For velvet drapes, you may need to use a lower setting on your iron and a low steam setting. For shades, you would do the same thing.

Hang your drapes back up and fluff them a little, to give them back their shape.

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