How to Clean Window Coverings


Cleaning Draperies

Draperies are often lined and are usually made of fabrics that are much heavier than those used for curtains. It is usually best to dry-clean draperies. Some drapery fabric is washable; check the care label for this information. Dust draperies with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Don't forget to dust the tops of the drapes, valances, and drapery hardware.

  • Remove all hooks and pins -- unless they are permanently attached -- before washing or dry-cleaning.

    Remove hooks and pins from draperies before washing or dry-cleaning.

    Remove hooks and pins from draperies before
    washing or dry-cleaning.

  • If you plan to wash your draperies, test a corner of the fabric in a bowl of warm water and detergent to see if it bleeds. Use only the gentle cycle to wash draperies.

You'll need to wear shades when, in the next section, you see how clean and bright your window shades.