Velvet curtains are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any space, but they can be difficult to maintain. Not only can they be difficult to keep clean, but their vibrant colors can fade over time. There are few things that look sadder and more worn out than a once-beautiful velvet curtain that has lost its vibrancy, but there are ways to preserve their appearance. These quick tips should help.
Keep Your Curtains Out of Your Dryer
Some velvet curtains can be machine-washed, but you should never put them in your dryer with your clothes. The heat will dry your curtains pretty efficiently, but they will also cause the color to fade. Hang your curtains out to dry instead, but keep in mind that wet velvet is very heavy. Make sure that whatever you use to hang your curtains will be able to support them without bending or breaking. While we’re at it, make sure you wash your velvet curtains in cold water to minimize any effect the heat may have on their color.
Never Use Your Hands to Open Velvet Curtains
Always use a rod or string when opening velvet curtains. Using your hands could crush and bruise the velvet, and eventually you might see handprints on your curtains where they’ve been touched.
Brush or Vacuum Curtains in the Direction of the Pile
Velvet is a delicate pile fabric, and that pile should be maintained if you want it to look its best. When you clean your curtains, use a brush or vacuum to move in the direction of the pile. Going against the pile is akin to sanding wood against the grain, and before long you may notice fraying and fading if you aren’t careful while cleaning your curtains.
Be Careful with Soap or Detergent
You may need to spot clean your velvet curtains once in a while, which may call for soap and water. While this can be done safely, you still need to be very careful when attempting this. The wrong kind of detergent could discolor the velvet, so test any solutions you have on an inconspicuous spot on your curtains. If you use soap and water, clean up and dry your curtains thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
Storing Your Curtains
If you decide to change out your curtains for something else, remember to roll them up when you put them into storage. Roll them up with the pile in the inside, and remember to roll in the direction of the pile. You can probably fold them up if you have no other option, but just remember to place some tissue paper between the folds to prevent creasing and bruising.