If you want to improve your home decor, then a set of curtains will make an instant impact. They can transform the look and feel of any room, breathing new life into your home with minimal costs. The best thing to do is to buy some ready-made quality curtains as they’ll be delivered straight to your door, and all you have to do is put them up.
However, it’s almost impossible for these curtains to arrive without creases. This isn’t a reflection on their quality, it’s just a natural thing to happen when they’re all packaged up for days on end during the shipping process. Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to get creases out of a new set of curtains, and these are our top tips:
Check the cleaning instructions
The first thing you need to do is check the cleaning instructions for your curtains. As you can see on our site, Montgomery Curtains stocks an extensive variety of ready-made curtains in loads of different materials. As such, certain materials might have precise cleaning instructions. So, check to see if your curtains are dry clean only, if they are, then you might not be able to get the creases out on your own. Instead, take them to your local dry cleaning service, and they’ll handle it for you.
In all other cases, you can use water to help you remove creases by trying out different techniques.
Wash and dry your curtains
Next, you should wash your curtains in the washing machine – as per their washing instructions. It’s always best to go for a very light wash with hardly any washing powder. Why? Well, your curtains are brand new, so they won’t smell or be stained! The whole purpose of washing them is just to get them prepped for the next stages of crease removal. Plus, a quick wash helps get rid of some creases already.
Wash one set at a time – if you have multiple pairs – and make sure you take them out as soon as they’re finished, then pop them in the dryer. Two top tips for the drying process; keep the temperature low and throw in some towels along for the ride. The towels prevent your new curtains from getting all bunched up and creasing.
Then, take your quality curtains out of the dryer, ensuring they’re still a tiny bit damp, as this helps when you’re trying to iron out the wrinkles.
Go over any wrinkles with an iron
In some cases, your new set of curtains may be wrinkle free after this quick wash and dry. If they are, then you’re very lucky! But, in most cases, there will still be a few lingering wrinkles, which you can take care of in one of two ways. The easiest way is by using an iron to lightly go over them.
Here, you need to look at the instructions on the curtains label to check what iron settings to use. If you’re ever in doubt, then the colder the better – this will just prevent any accidental burning. Then, it’s just a case of ironing over the creases with the curtains on your ironing board or mat. When you’re satisfied that you’ve done a good enough job, hang up your curtains straight away, and they’ll begin to dry properly.
Use a fabric steamer
Now, in some cases, you may still have a few stubborn wrinkles that just refuse to go away. This tends to happen if your delivery has taken a long time to arrive, as this just means the curtains have been all clumped up and packaged tightly for an extended time.
Don’t worry, you can still remove any creases by using a fabric steamer. This is a really handy tool to have, and you can use it on lots of different items around your home as well, so it’s worth getting your hands on. Using one couldn’t be simpler; just fill the tank with water, then use the nozzle to press steam over your curtains while smoothing out the wrinkles with your hand. Always work from bottom to top, as this is the best way to get all wrinkles out.
After all of this, you will have a set of brand new ready-made curtains that are wrinkle-free. They’ll hang proudly in your home, giving your home decor a whole new dimension. If your curtains ever get wrinkles in the future, then you just repeat the process! It’s very straightforward, and you don’t even need loads of different tools to get the job done.