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Friday, February 4, 2011

Tip #5 - washable curtains

Tip #5 Washable Curtains

What I am talking about today is using curtains you can wash. Now I love my family members, they built a beautiful house 17 years ago. And the curtains they lovingly picked out and had installed haven't moved. In 17 years. Yep, you read that right. Have you ever visited someone's house and thought those are the same curtains that were hanging there when I was a little kid?!

I know it's not up on the priority list-to take down the curtains, wash them and put them back up. And some curtains are so fancy, they have to be taken to the dry cleaners.

I'm a simple kind of gal, all of the curtains in my house are washable. I wash them twice a year at least. If they can't be thrown in the washer and dryer, I don't buy them (or make them- I am a designer! I can't have anything for my home that looks like anyone else's home. That would be like arriving at a dinner party and wearing the same dress as another woman!)

If you like fancy curtains (some have fringe, beads, etc), see what the manufacturer recommends for cleaning. Can they be dry cleaned? Some people put attachments on their vacuum wands and vacuum the top of valances. That's can be an option if they are too hard to get off the wall.

See what works for you, that's one of those overlooked areas, that's right up there with cleaning the blinds in my kitchen.Hhm, I have a spare hour, what should I do? Should I wash my curtains or mindlessly watch tv and eat bon bons? What to do, what to do.....


  1. When we bought this house the curtains in the living room were the same ones the elderly couple had for im guessing a VERY LONG LONG TIME. I wasnt a fan, but i was also too lazy to pull them down! Finally I did! Wow what a difference that made in that room! We have not put up curtains in there-for this reason-washing them! So its good to know you can actually find ones you CAN wash. I have not looked too hard, but it seems like i just thought you couldn't! So I LOVE this post and TIP!!!! Thank you! I love your blog!!!

  2. That's the problem with buying an old house from an older couple. We also got to strip off LOTS of wallpaper, including the ceiling and closet of our room! Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc all have curtains you safely wash. Check the label-but most are fine unless you have beaded trim. There are a variety of colors and textures. Have fun shopping! Glad you are enjoying the posts!

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