How to Maintain and Clean Kids' Blackout Curtains: Essential Tips

Parents understand the importance of a good night's sleep for their children, and blackout curtains can be a crucial part of creating that restful environment. Sleepout's blackout curtains, such as the Sleepout Home Blackout Curtains, are designed to block out light and create an ideal sleeping atmosphere, but maintaining and cleaning these curtains properly ensures they remain effective and durable over time. In this article, we'll discuss essential tips on how to maintain and clean kids' blackout curtains.

Mother and baby with grey blackout curtains

Understanding Your Blackout Curtains

Understanding the material and construction of your blackout curtains is the first step in maintaining them. These curtains are typically made from thicker fabrics lined with a light-blocking layer. While this makes them incredibly effective at darkening rooms, it also means they require specific care to preserve their functionality. Always refer to the manufacturer's care instructions for any special requirements.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance can prevent dirt and dust from accumulating on your blackout curtains. Here are a few routine steps to follow:

  • Dusting: Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove dust from your curtains. Running the vacuum gently over the surface can keep your curtains looking fresh.
  • Spot Cleaning: For minor stains, use a damp cloth with a mild detergent. Test the detergent on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure no damage occurs to the fabric.
  • Steaming: A handheld steamer can help remove wrinkles and freshen up your curtains without washing them. Be sure to hold the steamer at a safe distance to avoid any direct contact with the fabric.

Deep Cleaning

Occasionally, your blackout curtains will need a more thorough cleaning, especially if they are in a kid's room where spills and stains are more likely to occur. Here's how to go about it:

  • Check Care Labels: Always start by checking the care label on your curtains. Some may be machine washable, while others might require professional cleaning.
  • Machine Washing: If your curtains are machine washable, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as these can damage the blackout lining.
  • Hand Washing: If machine washing isn't an option, fill a bathtub with cold water and a small amount of mild detergent. Gently swirl the curtains in the water, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Drying: Air drying is the best method for blackout curtains. Hang them back on the rod to dry to avoid wrinkles and stretching. If using a dryer, select the lowest heat setting and remove the curtains while they're slightly damp to prevent damage.
Sleepout blackout curtains in a bedroom

Preventative Measures

Taking preventative measures can extend the lifespan of your blackout curtains and keep them in top condition:

  • Proper Installation: Ensure that the curtains are properly installed and do not rub against rough surfaces, which can cause wear and tear over time.
  • Limited Sun Exposure: Although blackout curtains are designed to block light, excessive direct sunlight can eventually wear down the fabric. Consider using sheer curtains or blinds as an extra layer to protect them.
  • Childproofing: If your child tends to tug or pull on the curtains, consider installing tiebacks or childproofing mechanisms to prevent damage.

Embrace Adaptability with Portable Options

For those who value flexibility, the Sleepout Portable Blackout Curtain is an excellent choice. These are easy to install and remove, making cleaning and maintenance hassle-free, especially for families on the go. Their portability ensures you have the option to create a dark, restful environment wherever you are.

Before and after applying Sleepout blackout curtains showing a darker room


Maintaining and cleaning your blackout curtains doesn't have to be a daunting task. By incorporating regular maintenance, deep cleaning when necessary, and a few preventative measures, you can ensure your curtains remain as effective and attractive as the day you bought them. The right care ensures your investment in quality sleep environment pays off—night after night.

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