How To Clean Silk Curtains
The soft shine of silk curtains can draw attention to the smallest of stains. While most genuine silk curtains are dry-clean only, there are a few steps you can take to refresh them at home and reduce costly visits to the cleaners. Read on to learn how to tackle dust and stains while protecting the delicate fabric of your window treatments.
Disclaimer: Always check your product manufacturer’s instructions before following our tips.
Remove Dust as Needed
Silk curtains have a tendency to attract and collect dust, which dulls the curtains’ signature shine. The safest way to remove dust is to take down your curtains and shake them outdoors. Since that’s not always feasible, a handheld vacuum or a vacuum with an extension wand is a good alternative. Extend a panel flat across the window and run the vacuum lightly over the curtains from top to bottom. Repeat on the opposite side.
Test Stain Removers
Silk is prone to water stains and discoloration, so it’s important to test cleaning products before you use them. Start with a water-free stain remover that’s formulated for dry-clean only items. Follow the manufacturer’s application instructions and test the product on the back of the curtain hem or rod pocket. If the product discolors or damages the silk, run the test again using a solution of distilled water mixed with a few drops of mild detergent or white vinegar.
Remove Stains Carefully
When you spot a stain on your silk curtains, take down the panel and spread it on a table. Apply your chosen stain remover or cleaning solution to the discolored area. If you’re using a solution, apply it with a clean white cloth to prevent color transfer. Rub the spot gently and hang the curtain to air dry. If it’s wrinkled, iron it lightly on the silk setting or the lowest heat setting. Keep in mind that this method is advised only for small stains; if your curtains have large or very dark stains, professional dry cleaning is a safer alternative.
Silk curtains can make a glamorous addition to your home, but they can also be a little high-maintenance compared to other materials. Check out our guide to the Best Fabric for Curtains before installing them in other rooms.