Spring Cleaning Shortcuts
Most fabrics can be vacuumed with an attachment, spot-cleaned, and steamed. But lace and sheers should just be tossed in the dryer on delicate (no heat) with a dryer sheet to freshen.
- Vacuum, plus attachments
- Lint roller
- Cotton cloth
- Bucket filled with a few drops of dish soap for every gallon of warm water
- Handheld fabric steamer
- Static-removal spray
1. Close the curtains. Vacuum them on a low setting from top to bottom. For heavy fabrics, use the upholstery attachment; for lighter ones, use the soft-brush tool.
2. Swipe with a lint roller to remove any dust or pet hair.
3. If you see stains on washable curtains (cotton, polyester), dip a cloth in the soapy solution, wring it out, and spot-clean. If you see stains on linen, satin, or silk curtains, have them dry-cleaned.
4. Follow step 3 in Shortcut.
5. Apply static-removal spray to the bottoms of curtains if you have pets; fur will wipe off easily later.
Time investment: About 30 minutes per panel.
Rather hire a pro? Rates start at about $2 per pleat (or about $4 per square foot of fabric).