Maintaining Your Sheer Drapes

Sheer drapes can be either delicate or strong, depending on the material. Maintaining these delicate fabrics can take some effort, but with the right methods, you should have little trouble keeping them clean and well-kept.

Dealing with Wrinkles

Most sheers are used as bedroom drapes or patio drapes so as to grant privacy and still let natural light through, and this is why they’re generally lighter in color than other, more opaque drapes. They are meant to shift and move in the breeze in a flowing way, and should rarely if ever have wrinkles.

If you discover wrinkles, they can easily be steamed with a hand held steamer. If you don't have a steamer, you can use your iron on a low setting with no starch. If you have a steam setting this will also work, just don't press the iron down on the sheers. Using the iron on a higher setting, or ironing while wet, will cause damage to the sheer material in almost all cases.


Since the majority of sheers are made of machine washable material, cleaning them should be simple.

  • All you have to do is put them in the washer on a short gentle cycle, using a detergent geared towards delicates.
  • Woolite is one of the best detergents to use to clean delicates.
  • You should wash them, and dry them in your dryer for 15 to 20 minutes on low or until dry to the touch.
  • If you immediately re-hang them, you shouldn’t even need to iron them.


Some of the thinner and more delicate fabrics can show signs of wear with tears at the curtain rod, fraying at the seams, or even rips in the fabric. Nearly all sheers are made of a woven fabric rather than a knit—meaning, the fibers are woven together in an under/over fashion, like flannel, gingham, or seersucker. This means that if there are rips, you can sew right along the fibers and possibly even hide the repair stitching you’ve done—especially if it’s a vertical tear that you’ve mended. Many companies will offer small patch kits if the tear is in a place that won't be seen easily. Check with the manufacturer to see if these are available.

Dust and Light Dirt

If you installed light-colored sheers, you may see signs of dirt, but perhaps you washed them recently. All you have to do is vacuum the drapes with the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If you are concerned that the fabric will get sucked up into the hose, slip a knee-high stocking over the end. This will make sure you don’t harm the thin fabric of the sheers by putting unnecessary pressure on the fibers.

If your vacuum has different settings, then use a low setting such as the dust setting so the suction power isn't as high.

With proper care and maintenance, you can keep sheer drapes for a very long time, and if you want, you can hand them down to a family member as an heirloom.