How to Care for Your Curtains in Gilbert

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How to Care for Your Curtains in Gilbert

At Athena’s Window Fashions in Gilbert, we know that curtains are an important part of your home. Not only are they a gorgeous way to decorate, they also provide privacy, warmth, and protection from the harsh Arizona sunlight. And taking care of them is important to remove dirt and dust and maintain their quality. Read on for tips on how to care for your curtains to keep them looking as beautiful as the day you bought them!

Protecting Your Curtains From the Sun

Light-colored fabrics generally reflect sunlight and resist fading. Dark colors absorb light and can fade in time. To protect fabrics from the sun, use lined window treatments, blinds, or shades. Here are some more tips on how to protect your curtains from the glaring Arizona sun.

We offer a large inventory of shutters, shades, and blinds that will help protect your curtains from the sun.


Daily care of lined curtains or panels is simple. Gently shake them as you close them at night to prevent dust and dirt from attaching to the fibers. About once a month, vacuum with a handheld vacuum and soft brush attachment. Use the low-section setting if your vacuum has one.

Fluffing in Dryer

If your curtains or draperies are dusty, but not dirty, then a trick that I recommend is to fluff them in the dryer on a no heat air cycle.  You need to remove the drapery hooks before doing this. This is a good way to remove the dust that may be in the drape.

Washing Curtains

There are some curtains that can be washed, but most cannot.  You should only wash your curtains in the washing machine if they are labeled washable. Wash in cool water on the gentle cycle, using mild detergent. Though hand-washing is more labor-intensive, it’s a good option for light, delicate fabrics. Do not put your curtains in the dryer: line dry, avoiding direct sunlight. Iron on the reverse side of the curtains when they are dry at the appropriate temperature.

Dry Cleaning

If your custom made draperies are soiled and must be cleaned, then dry cleaning is your best option.  Look for a professional that specializes in draperies. If you need a suggestion, give us a call and we can make a recommendation.

Professional Cleaning

There are some companies that will come out to your home and professionally clean your drapes while they are hanging.  Contact Athena’s Window Fashions if you would like some referrals of professionals.

If you have more questions on how to care for your curtains, call us or stop by our showroom in Gilbert, AZ. We are standing by, ready to help you keep them looking beautiful for years to come! Looking for new curtains? One of our interior designers at Athena’s Window Fashions would be happy to help create the right window treatment for every room of your house. Let us partner with you to make your home as beautiful as you’ve been imagining it!


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