What Temperature Do You Wash Net Curtains At? (& how to dry them after)
You’d be surprised at just how much dirt gets absorbed by net curtains. After just a few weeks nets can look dirty and dull. When washing net curtains they should be washed at the lowest water temperature possible.
But that’s just part of the story.
If your net curtains are beginning to lose their brilliance and are in need of a wash, keep reading.
Why Do Net Curtains Get So Dirty Looking?
Net curtains are made from a delicate fabric that is woven to give that net-like appearance. They are placed directly in front of the window in direct sunlight.
If you open that window, you allow dirt, dust and pollen into the room and into the nets. Also the sunlight fades the whiteness of the curtains over time.
If there are any smokers in the home, this can also contribute to the nets discolouring. As can steam from cooking and pets’ noses, paws etc.
How To Wash Net Curtains
Before washing your net curtains you should consult the wash care label. This will show a symbol that looks like a bucket with water in it. There will also be a number with the symbol, that number indicates the temperature the water should be to wash the curtains.
In the absence of a wash care label, it’s safe to assume that net curtains should be washed in cold or as near cold water as possible.
Machine Washing Net Curtains
To ensure your net curtains get washed correctly simply;
- Take the net curtains from the window
Carefully unhook the curtain rod from the wall and slide the net from the rod.
- Pretreat any stains
If the curtains are particularly stained they can be pre-soaked in a bucket of cold water with some cool wash detergent.
- Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine
If possible adjust the temperature setting to the lowest available on your washing machine. The delicate cycle should be preset at 30 degrees but if your machine has a 20 degree option select this.
- Place the net curtains in the drum
Place the nets into the drum and add a detergent suitable for delicates. Ensure you add the correct amount of detergent.
- Run the wash cycle
Allow the delicate cycle to run its course. Then remove the net curtains and proceed to dry them (see “How To Dry Net Curtains” below).
Hand Washing Net Curtains
To wash your net curtains by hand simply;
- Fill a bowl or sink with cold or lukewarm water
The water should ideally be directly from the cold tap.
- Add detergent
You should mix 1 part detergent for every 30 parts water.
- Place the net curtains in the water/detergent mix
Allow the curtains to soak for 10 to 15 minutes before gently agitating the water with your hands. Do not scrub as this could damage the curtains.
- Rinse the curtains
Drain the soapy water away and rinse the curtains a few times until the water runs clear. Then proceed to dry them (see “How To Dry Net Curtains” below).
How To Dry Net Curtains
As net curtains are so delicate they should always be handled with care. This is important when washing them and equally as important when drying them.
Net Curtains should never be tumble dried. The heat and rough action would destroy the fine fabric and structure of the material and cause them to shrink.
If the curtains are particularly wet after washing, do not wring, they should be gently rolled in a towel to remove excess water.
If they’re not so wet, they can simply be rehung back at the window to dry naturally.
Before rehanging your net curtains we recommend cleaning the windows. This will prevent the freshly cleaned nets picking up any dirt straight away.
If you’re concerned that the nets might drip some water onto the window sill, you can always place a towel below the curtains but they’re not normally that wet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Net curtains should be washed at a maximum temperature of 30 degrees C.
You should wash net curtains on a delicate setting with a cool temperature. You should use a high quality detergent that is designed for washing at low temperatures.
Net curtains are likely to shrink if washed at too high a temperature or tumble dried. Washing at 30 degrees C or below and using a delicate wash cycle will prevent them from shrinking.
The best cycle to wash net curtains on is the delicate cycle.