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Old 02-10-2007, 10:12 AM   #1
 
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Default Has anyone ever washed dry clean only curtains?

We have cream colored curtains in our dining room. They have darker colored embroidered flowers on them, not all over, just in one strip.

It's going to cost $140 to get them drycleaned! Has anyone ever tried washing dry clean only curtains on gentle with cold water and Woolite? Or has anyone tried that dryclean at home stuff?

I'm wondering if there's another option than spending that much! Thanks if anyone has any great ideas!!
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:20 AM   #2
 
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The home drycleaning kits are kinda small bags. I'm not sure drapes would fit in them. How big are they? And, what fabric are they?

I'd probably try handwashing in a bathtub just with clear water. I'd colortest an inconspicuous area of the embroidery first, though, to make sure it doesn't bleed.
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What's the material? I have some placemats that are "dry clean only faux silk" but they're made of freaking polyester!! So, I wash them every week with Woolite in the washing machine on gentle and then I hang them dry.

There is also another dryer home drycleaning kit called Dry Cleaners' Secret that I use for my clothes. But, drapes probably really need to be cleaned vs "freshened" which is what I think those home kits do. It uses no bag, so size shouldn't be a problem. You just throw the cloth in the dryer with the garments and dry for 20 mins. I like the smell better than that of Dryel and I don't have to deal with the bag thing.
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I have to doublecheck but I'm pretty sure they're 80% cotton and 20% linen. They do need to be cleaned too, not just freshened. There are cat hairs all over them!! Darn kitties that like to sit in the window!

I'll probably do a quick test to check if the embroidery bleeds and if it does, then I'll just have to suck it up. Thanks for your suggestions.
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I'd try to get most of the cat hair off first (with tape or something) before washing. Just going by my long-haired black cat...it doesn't wash off well...the hair just matts on stuff when it gets wet.
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I have to doublecheck but I'm pretty sure they're 80% cotton and 20% linen. They do need to be cleaned too, not just freshened. There are cat hairs all over them!! Darn kitties that like to sit in the window!

I'll probably do a quick test to check if the embroidery bleeds and if it does, then I'll just have to suck it up. Thanks for your suggestions.
Those materials should be ok in cold water and hung dry. They're both natural fibers. I have a pair of cotton/linen blend pants that are machine washable/dryable.
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:09 PM   #7
 
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I know that some fabrics that are designated "dry clean only" actually come out quite well if hand washed, but with something as expensive as curtains, I don't know if I'd risk it.
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