Wash curtains in your Samsung washing machine

Samsung Washer with assorted curtains and an iron on top

If you’re making a spring cleaning checklist, don’t forget about your window treatments! Your curtains and drapes need the same TLC as the rest of your house and should be cleaned if they’re getting a little dusty. But, since curtains come in all types of fabrics, how will you know the best way to wash them? You can use our guide to properly clean and dry your curtains, whether they are made from luxury fabrics or something simple like cotton.

Curtain cleaning tips and precautions

Before washing your curtains, review a few important points, such as how often curtains should be cleaned and how to clean them. For instance, some fabrics must be hand washed or dry cleaned.

  • Curtains should be deep cleaned every 3 to 6 months, depending on how dirty they are.

  • If needed, you can quickly clean curtains every other week using a dusting cloth, a duster, a lint brush, or an upholstery attachment on a vacuum.

Girl dusting her curtains with yellow brush
  • If your curtains are only a little dusty, take them outside and shake them gently.

  • To determine how your curtains should be washed, be sure to check the care instructions. Fabrics such as velvet, velour, tapestry, wool, or brocade should be dry cleaned. However, you can also gently wipe down these fabrics with a soft, damp cloth. Silk can be carefully hand washed, but consider dry cleaning them if you are unsure. Cotton can be machine washed, but skip the dryer to make sure they do not shrink.

  • Remember to remove all hardware from your curtains, such as hooks and rings, before washing them or taking them to be dry cleaned. Very small hardware that is sewn or attached, such as grommets, can be left on the curtains.

  • If you want to iron your curtains, do so while they are slightly damp after washing. But remember to check the care label first to see if ironing is okay. If it is, you can either hang up your curtains and use a steam iron, or lay them flat on a table and use a low-heat setting on a hand iron. Iron them lengthwise, and carefully stretch the fabric as you go if the seams are puckering or pulling.

  • Consider cleaning your curtain rods, blinds, windows, and windowsills too! You can use a vacuum or dusting cloth to make sure these areas are spotless and ready for your freshly washed curtains.

Machine wash your curtains

Note: Please check the care instructions on your curtains before putting them in your washing machine. If you are not sure if they should be added to your machine, consider hand washing or getting them dry cleaned.

To determine if your curtains can be thrown in your washing machine, check the fabric type. You can find more information about this in the prior section. If your curtains have embellishments, ornate stitching, or ornaments, they should be hand washed or dry cleaned. Otherwise, you can use the steps below to machine wash your curtains.

  1. Add a small amount of mild detergent to your washer. Do not use bleach unless your curtains are completely white!

  2. Add your curtains. Depending on the size of your machine, you may only want to add one curtain at a time.

    Note: If you’re unsure, run a cycle with one curtain and check if it comes out clean. If you're satisfied with how one curtain came out, you can try washing two curtains at once during the next cycle.

  3. Select the Delicate or Hand wash cycle on your machine, and use lukewarm or cool water. Then, begin the cycle. For instructions specific to your washing machine, please refer to your user manual.

    Delicate cycle selected on Samsung washer
  4. If you need to iron your curtains, remove them prior to the end of the cycle and hang them on a clothesline. You can also lay them on a flat surface, such as a bed or table. However, if you do not need to iron them, they can be left in the machine until the cycle is finished.

  5. Generally, curtains should not be placed in a dryer. If you must put them in a dryer, only use a Delicate or Low temperature setting.

Hand wash your curtains

Note: Please check the care instructions on your curtains before hand washing them. If you are not sure if they should be hand washed, consider getting them dry cleaned.

When hand washing your curtains, do not scrub or wring the fabric. To make sure they come out completely clean, you can swish the fabric around in the soapy water instead. This will break up the dust or grime that is stuck to the fabric.

  1. Fill your sink with lukewarm or cool water.

  2. Add a small amount of liquid laundry detergent.

    Woman pouring detergent into a sink
  3. Place the curtains in the sink and slowly move them around with your hands.

  4. Then, drain the soapy water and fill the sink with fresh water. Swish and rinse the curtains again. You can repeat this a few more times if needed.

    Woman swishing around curtains in clean water
  5. Drain the excess water and then remove the curtains from the sink.

  6. Lay the curtains on a flat surface, such as a table, to air dry them. If the curtains are heavy or retain a lot of water, you can lay down towels on the table first.

    Note: Carefully roll up the curtains to remove extra water if necessary.

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