How to Get Creases Out of New Curtains

We all hate seeing wrinkles, especially on new sets of draperies. Luckily, there are tons of ways on how to get creases out of new curtains. Enjoy professional-looking, tailored, and neatly arranged curtains without folding creases and other fabric marks.

 

Different fabric types require different methods, but I’m sure that you will find your way around those messy curtain creases one way or another. One of the most basic techniques is ironing or fabric steaming.

 

Other alternative methods can also include washing, drying, hanging, and treating your curtains with anti-wrinkling solutions. The more arduous approach is usually for stubborn and hard to remove curtain creases.

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Creases on new curtains

As annoying as new curtain creases might seem, it is actually normal to open a fresh pack of curtains with fold marks. Even anti-wrinkling curtains still develop fold marks after a long time of new warehouse storage. 

 

On the bright side, it really isn’t that difficult to remove. As we have mentioned earlier, there are multiple ways to rid your curtains of fold marks and creases. Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you learn how to get creases out of new curtains.

 

Fabric steaming

A prevalent and convenient method is fabric steaming. It’s a simple, quick, and relatively straightforward approach that everyone can follow. The only problem is whether or not you actually own a fabric steamer.

 

They can come at quite a price, but if you enjoy neatly ironed curtains, dresses, and other types of wearable fabric, then fabric steamers are definitely worth their price. Here is how you can get rid of fabric creases using a steamer.

Step 1: Fill the tank with water

It’s not a steamer without a tank. Whether you are using a handheld or standing garment steamer, remove its tank and fill it up with water. If you are using a handheld steamer, you can fill it up with just enough water so that it is not too heavy to move around.

 

Please turn it on depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. You might need to give it time to heat up. Set the steamer to your desired temperature. Be careful when working with heat, as too much may melt some types of fabric instantly. 

 

Step 2: Steam your curtains

If you haven’t already slipped your new set of draperies on the window, you might as well do it now. Hang the curtains onto the rod as you usually would and close the curtain. Arrange the drapes so that it is positioned evenly throughout the rod. 

 

Steam your curtain on the areas necessary. Start at the top edge of the curtain crease and work towards the bottom slowly and steadily. Aim the nozzle at the folds and allow the liquid to penetrate the fabric, softening its crisp edges. 

 

Ironing

An iron takes on a more direct and hands-on approach when it comes to removing unwanted curtain creases. If your curtain fabric is not too sensitive to heat, then you don’t have to worry about taking it down and removing those fold marks with a hot iron. 

Tip: If your iron has a steam setting, you can use it as an alternative to a fabric steamer. Hold it six inches away from the hanging curtain fabric and follow the regular fabric steaming procedure.

 

Here is how you can use an iron to get rid of fabric creases.

 

Step 1: Set the temperature.

The amount of heat that we are going to work with is important. Some irons already have automatic fabric heating settings. All you have to do is select the type of fabric that your curtain is using, and the iron automatically adjusts itself to the right temperature. 

 

Don’t worry if you are using an old iron with no automatic temperature adjustments. You can always check for the appropriate temperatures and adjust them manually. You mustn’t make the iron too hot or too cold than necessary. 

Step 2: Iron the curtains

Place your curtain with the right side down on your ironing board or any flat surface. You might want to use a protective layer of thin cloth such as a pillowcase or bedsheet for more sensitive fabric types. 

 

Iron over the creases and move at a consistent speed. Try not to hold the iron over one section for more than five seconds as it may burn the fabric. If the crease is too stubborn, let the fabric cool for a minute before ironing over it again.

 

Additional tips

If you are dealing with a large number of curtain creases or fabric wrinkles, you can always throw it in the washing machine and run it on a gentle cycle. Remember that this doesn’t apply to curtains that require dry-clean only.

 

Washing and hanging the curtains to dry can soften the crisp fabric and get rid of the wrinkles. You can also steam or iron it after letting the curtain air dry. Don’t feel intimidated right away when you see a bunch of creases on your new curtains. It’s completely normal. 

 

Luckily, you can easily learn how to get creases out of new curtains without too much work. Just be careful when deciding on the type of treatment that you want to do. Always follow the curtain care instructions that come with the package.

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Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!

 

Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!

 

How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.

 

How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).

 

How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.

 

The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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