Determine what material the curtains are made of
Not every curtain can be washed and not spoiled.
- Polyethylene . These curtains do not tolerate cleaning well, they cannot be machine washed, and various detergents can easily discolor or destroy the print. Therefore, it is better not to wash heavily soiled polyethylene curtains, but to change them for new ones.
- Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride). It is better to clean such curtains by hand – creases easily appear on vinyl after a typewriter. In order not to be mistaken, it is worth checking the label. If the manufacturer allows automatic washing, everything is in order. But if it is prohibited or the label has not been preserved, it is not worth the risk.
- Polyester. Fabric curtains are the most unpretentious. They can be machine washed , hand washed or deal with individual stains.
It is also important to look at what the sewn-in rings are made of, with which the curtain is attached to the eaves.
If they are metal, they should not be in the water for a long time. So when soaking, make sure that the rings do not get wet. It is better not to wash curtains with metal elements in a typewriter.
Assess the degree of pollution
If the curtain is generally clean and only a few yellowed or rusty areas bother you, you can try to get rid of only those.
But if there are a lot of spots and they are distributed over the entire surface of the curtains, you can’t do without global washing.
Try to remove stains
Choose the appropriate method according to the type of dirt.
Rusty and yellow spots
Rust leaves orange stains, but yellow stains are alkaline deposits. And acidic solutions will cope with those and others. For example, regular food vinegar 9% or lemon juice.
Apply a teaspoon of the solution to the stain, soak for 10-15 minutes and rub thoroughly with a sponge or brush. Then rinse the curtain with clean water using the shower head and let it dry naturally.
Alkaline compounds work well with them. For example, ordinary baking soda.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2-3 drops of ammonia and apply the resulting slurry to the stain. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, wipe thoroughly with a sponge or brush, rinse the curtain under running water and let dry.
You can also use store-bought bleach, with or without chlorine, this is also an alkaline solution. Dilute it in water and soak the stain in it for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse and let dry.
Wash the entire curtain if necessary.
This can be done in two ways: in the washing machine and by hand.
In the washing machine
If the curtain is seriously yellowed or has too many stains, soak it for 1-2 hours in a bleach solution before washing. It is better to do this in a bathtub or a basin of large diameter so that the curtain does not have to be wrinkled and twisted.
Then put the curtain in the tank of the machine along with a couple of terry towels – they will act as soft cleaning brushes. Add laundry detergent.
Wash the curtain in a delicate mode, at a water temperature of 40 degrees and below. Be sure to turn off the spin cycle so as not to wrinkle the fabric.
After washing, lay the curtain in the bathtub so that the water is glass. And then hang it on a ledge and let it dry.
Lay the curtain in a bathtub or a large diameter basin. Add 50 g of laundry soap, a measuring spoon of powder and, if there is a lot of dirt, a teaspoon of any store-bought stain remover.
Fill the curtain with warm water – no higher than 40 degrees.
Leave to soak for 1-2 hours. Then, using a soft-bristled brush or dishwashing sponge dipped in detergent solution, go over the entire surface of the curtain. Pay special attention to areas with streaks.
In difficult cases, sprinkle a little kitchen cleaner on the stain and rub it thoroughly with a brush or sponge.
Rinse the curtain in clean water. Wait for it to drain, and then hang the curtain on the curtain rod and let it dry without wringing.
Keep your curtain clean
Follow these simple tips:
- Rinse the curtain with water after each bath. When you wash, drops of shampoo, shower gel, conditioners and hair balms get on the curtain. If they are not washed off in time, they will turn into untidy gray or yellowish spots.
- Make sure the curtain is dry . Constant high humidity is the main reason why mold and rust stains appear on the curtains. If the bathroom is poorly ventilated and even an open door does not help, at least from time to time try to wipe the curtain dry with a towel.
- Do not twist the curtain on the ledge and do not put its bottom on the edge of the bathroom . In this position, water stagnates in the bends of the curtain, which can lead to the growth of mold or other stains.
- Do a light brush every 3-4 weeks. Dampen a cloth or sponge with a cleaning solution (for example, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent per liter of water) and wipe at least the bottom half of the curtain. Then rinse with water and let dry.
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