How To Wash Blackout Curtains

Blackout curtains are a popular choice for homeowners and renters alike because they provide a number of health benefits. Over the past two years, we've created and designed patented blackout curtain solutions that are specifically for better sleep.  

Blackout curtains are designed to block out light, which can be helpful for those who work night shifts or have young children who need to sleep during the day. In addition to providing darkness, Sleepout Curtains also help reduce outside noise, regulate the temperature in a room, and provide added privacy.

While blackout curtains are a great investment for any home, it's important to properly maintain them in order to keep them functioning at their best. One way to do this is by regularly washing your blackout curtains. Not only will this help to remove any accumulated dirt and dust, but it can also help to extend the lifespan of your curtains. In this blog post, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to wash blackout curtains and offer some tips for maintaining their quality.

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Can you wash blackout curtains?

The best way to determine if your blackout curtains are washable is to refer to the manufacturer's care instructions. These instructions will typically be included with the curtains or can be found on the manufacturer's website. If the care instructions do not specify whether the curtains are washable, it is best to err on the side of caution and spot clean or dry clean the curtains instead. Washing curtains that are not designed to be washed can cause them to shrink, fade, or lose their ability to block out light.

Our Portable Blackout curtains are easy to install made from non-toxic materials that can be washed on a delicate cycle with cold water and mild detergent. You can dry them on delicate cycle, or hang to dry with the lighter side up (to avoid the color fading) on a rounded line (to avoid cutting into or damaging the coating on the fabric). If you have Sleepout Home, Sleepout Home wash the panels on a cold cycle hang to dry the same way. 

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Spot cleaning blackout curtains

To spot clean your blackout curtains, first gather your supplies. You will need a clean, white cloth, warm water, and a mild detergent - it is best to use a mild, non-abrasive cleaning solution specifically designed for use on coated fabrics. Begin by diluting the cleaning solution according to the manufacturer's instructions. Next, use a clean, white cloth to gently blot at the stained area. Avoid rubbing the fabric too hard, as this can strip away the coating and damage the curtains. Continue blotting until the stain has been lifted. If the stain persists, you may need to use a stain remover specifically designed for use on coated fabrics. Once the stain has been removed, use a clean, damp cloth to remove any excess cleaning solution. Allow the curtains to air dry completely before hanging them back up.

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Machine washing blackout curtains

To machine wash coated blackout curtains, it is best to use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Before washing, check the manufacturer's care instructions to ensure that machine washing is safe for your curtains. If the curtains are machine washable, begin by closing any Velcro or other fasteners and securing the curtains in a wash bag or pillowcase. This will help prevent the curtains from getting caught in the agitator and tearing. Next, add the curtains to the washing machine along with a mild detergent and cold water. Avoid using hot water or bleach, as these can damage the coating on the curtains. Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the curtains from the washing machine and hang them up to air dry. Do not put coated blackout curtains in the dryer, as the heat can damage the coating.

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Dry cleaning blackout curtains

Dry cleaning is another option for cleaning blackout curtains that are not safe to machine wash. Dry cleaning uses solvents rather than water to remove dirt and stains from fabrics, making it a good choice for delicate or sensitive fabrics. To dry clean your blackout curtains, take them to a professional dry cleaner and ask for a gentle, solvent-based cleaning. Be sure to specify that your curtains are blackout curtains and provide any care instructions that you have. The dry cleaner will take care of the rest, returning your clean curtains to you once the cleaning is complete. Dry cleaning can be more expensive than washing curtains at home, but it is a good option for curtains that are not machine washable or are particularly delicate.

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Maintaining your blackout curtains

There are several steps you can take to maintain the quality of your blackout curtains and keep them functioning at their best. One tip is to regularly dust or vacuum your curtains to remove any accumulated dirt or debris. This will help to prevent the fabric from becoming discolored or damaged. Another tip is to avoid hanging your curtains in direct sunlight, as this can cause the fabric to fade over time. If your curtains are exposed to direct sunlight, consider using a fabric protector or UV-blocking spray to help prevent fading. Additionally, be sure to follow the manufacturer's care instructions for washing and drying your curtains to avoid damaging the fabric or coating.

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Dealing with Dust and Dirt

Using a vacuum is a simple and effective way to remove dust and dirt (or pet hair) from your blackout curtains. To vacuum your curtains, first remove them from the window and shake them out to remove any loose dirt or debris. Next, use the brush attachment on your vacuum to gently go over the surface of the curtains. Be careful not to press too hard, as this can damage the fabric. Focus on areas that tend to accumulate dust, such as the tops of the curtains and the areas near the edges and seams. Once you have vacuumed the curtains, hang them back up and enjoy the refreshed, clean look of your blackout curtains. Vacuuming your curtains regularly can help to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating and keep your curtains looking like new.

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The Takeaway

Cleaning your blackout curtains on a regular basis has a number of benefits. Not only will it help to remove any accumulated dirt and dust, but it can also help to extend the lifespan of your curtains and keep them looking and functioning like new. Cleaning your blackout curtains can also help to maintain their ability to block out light and provide added insulation, making them a more effective addition to your home.

In addition to the benefits of cleaning, regular maintenance is also important for maintaining the quality of your blackout curtains. This can include regular vacuuming or dusting, avoiding exposing the curtains to direct sunlight, and following the manufacturer's care instructions for washing and drying. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your blackout curtains continue to provide the benefits you expect for years to come.

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