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How To Clean Lace Curtains

How To Clean Lace Curtains

how to clean lace curtains

Lace curtains allow sunlight to filter into your home, creating a bright, airy feeling. In less than an hour, you can remove stains and restore the panels’ original freshness. Keep reading for a simple tutorial on how to clean your lace curtains safely.


Disclaimer: Always check your product manufacturer’s instructions before following our tips.


How to Wash Lace Curtains by Hand

Approximately two times a year, take down your lace curtains and wash them. Hand-washing is the safest option, especially the panels are made from high-end lace.

  1. Add cold water to a basin and mix in a mild, dye-free laundry detergent until bubbles form.
  2. Drop the panels into the mixture and swirl them around gently for a few minutes. Leave the fabric to soak for 5-10 minutes and rinse well with cool water.
  3. Press out the excess water; avoid wringing, which can damage the lace.
  4. Hang the panel over a clothesline without clothespins and allow it to dry completely. If you don’t have access to a clothesline, spread bath towels on the floor and lay the curtains flat to dry.

How to Clean Lace Curtains in the Washing Machine

If your curtains are made from durable lace, or if they’re very dirty, you can clean them in the washing machine. Put each panel into a separate fine-mesh bag to prevent the lace from snagging and tearing. Wash on the gentlest cycle and a low temperature setting. Hang the curtains to dry.


How to Remove Stains from Lace Curtains

If regular hand-washing doesn’t remove discoloration from your lace curtains, mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar or lemon juice into 1 cup of distilled water. Spread the curtain flat and dab the solution on the stained area using a clean cloth. Let the curtain sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.


If you’re dealing with large stains, mix a solution that’s one part vinegar to four parts water and soak the entire panel for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and line dry.

When your curtains start to look dingy, there’s good news; lace is one of the rare fabrics that looks more delicate and high-maintenance than it actually is. Check out our guide to the Best Curtain Fabrics to explore additional benefits of lace curtains or to consider other materials.