Curtains can wrinkle when folded and stored too long in the closet. If you need to tidy up your curtains without removing them, there are a few easy ways, such as spraying water on them, using a wrinkle-removing product, or steaming them. If you want to remove the curtains to remove wrinkles, try smoothing them out with a damp towel, steaming them in the shower, or ironing them. Washing and hanging curtains is also effective at removing wrinkles, so it can be a good option if you really need to wash them. If all these methods fail. Take the curtains to a dry cleaner for professional help.
Method 1 of 3: Smoothing Wrinkles on Hanging Curtains
Step 1. Spray the curtains with water to remove wrinkles
Fill a spray bottle with water, then spray the curtain over the wrinkled area or spray the entire surface until it's damp. After that, hang the curtains to dry on their own. The weight of the curtains and the soaking water may be enough to remove the wrinkles.
You can also try mixing white vinegar and water in a 50:50 ratio and spraying it on the curtains
Step 2. Spray a wrinkle remover product
Spray the wrinkled area with a wrinkle-removing product. If necessary, you can spray the entire surface of the curtain. After that, let the curtains dry by themselves. The humidity and weight of the curtains will remove the wrinkles within a few hours.
If the curtains are still wrinkled after 24 hours, repeat the process above or try another option
Step 3. Use a portable vaporizer to remove wrinkles from the curtains
Fill the vaporizer with water according to the manufacturer's instructions, then turn it on. Point the tip of the vaporizer at the wrinkled area, then move it from top to bottom. Allow the curtains to dry on their own for 24 hours. If it's still wrinkled, you can repeat the previous process or use another option.
Tip: Find out if any of your acquaintances are willing to lend you a vaporizer if you don't have one and don't want to buy one.
Step 4. Use the iron on the steam setting to smooth the curtains
If you have an iron that has a steamer, fill the container with water and turn on the machine. When ready, hold the iron about 15 cm from the curtain. Then, press the steam release button and move the iron back and forth over the wrinkled area.
- If you want to steam up an elongated area of the curtain, start at the top and work your way down.
- Do not hold the iron at one point for too long. 3 or 5 seconds is enough to steam each part.
Method 2 of 3: Removing the Curtains to Remove Wrinkles
Step 1. Place the curtains in the dryer with a damp towel
Remove the curtains from the rods, place them in the dryer, and then dampen a towel or small washcloth with water. Squeeze the towel or washcloth until it feels slightly damp. Place a towel or washcloth in the dryer along with the curtains and run the machine on low or medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes. After that, remove the curtain as soon as possible and hang it back up.
If the towel or washcloth is still wet when you check the curtains, run the dryer on for 5 to 10 minutes longer
Step 2. Hang the curtain over a hanger in the bathroom and turn on the hot water tap to generate steam
Remove the curtain from the rod and place it on the bathroom hanger. After that, turn on the hot water tap and close the door in the bathroom and the window. Let the shower fill with steam for 5 to 10 minutes, then turn off the tap. Let the curtain hang in the shower for 30 minutes. After that, hang it again until it dries on the hanger.
Once the curtain dries, the wrinkled area will be back in order
Step 3. Trim the curtains with an iron if the wrinkles are difficult to remove
Remove the curtains from the rods and spread them out on an ironing board or on a towel placed on a table or bed. After that, iron the curtains on the lowest heat setting to remove wrinkles. Move the iron slowly around each area of the curtain until all the creases are gone.
Tip: Ironing the curtains is the most laborious and time-consuming option, but it is the best option for removing untidy wrinkles. Ironing can also give the curtain an extra subtle look which makes the curtains look more attractive.
Method 3 of 3: Washing and Drying the Curtains
Step 1. Wash the curtains according to the care instructions
If the curtains are wrinkled and need to be washed, remove the curtains from the support rods and check the care instructions provided. Most curtains can be put in the washing machine for cleaning, but don't do this if it says "dry cleaning only" on the care instructions. If the instructions allow you to use the washing machine, pay attention to the recommended settings.
For example, if the care label indicates that the curtain should be washed on a gentle cycle and in warm water, wash it according to the instructions
Tip: If the care instructions specify that curtains should only be “dry cleaning”, take the curtains to a dry cleaning service provider for cleaning. Washing it with water can damage the curtain.
Step 2. Put the curtains in the dryer and use the lowest heat setting
After the wash cycle is complete, remove the curtains from the washer and place them in the dryer. Run the dryer on the lowest temperature and follow any instructions on the curtain label to determine which setting to use. Dry the curtains for about 20 to 30 minutes or until they turn damp. Remove the curtains from the dryer when the cycle is complete.
Be sure to remove the curtains from the dryer immediately after the wash cycle is complete to prevent them from creasing again
Step 3. Hang the curtains back and let them dry
You can remove the curtains while they are still damp. The curtain will finish drying on the stem and this will remove any remaining creases. Hang the curtains in their original place and stretch them out to allow air to flow around them and the curtains to dry evenly.
- The curtains may take 1-2 days to dry completely, depending on the thickness.
- To speed up the drying process, open a window and point the fan at the curtain.