Washing Curtains with Blockout: A Guide

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If you have blockout curtains in your bedroom or living room, you may wonder how to clean them. 

Blockout curtains are made from thick, heavy fabric that blocks out light and noise, making them a popular choice for bedrooms and other areas where light control is important. 

Over time, these curtains can accumulate dust, allergens, stains, and odors.

In this article, we’ll provide a guide to washing blockout curtains to keep them clean and fresh.

Preparing Blockout Curtains for Washing

Before washing your blockout curtains, you need to prepare them properly. First, check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if there are any special cleaning instructions. 

Then, remove any hooks or rings from the curtains, and shake out any loose debris. Spot-clean any stains before washing, to avoid setting them in.

Washing Blockout Curtains

When washing blockout curtains, you need to choose a suitable detergent that won’t damage the fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results. Use a gentle cycle with cold or warm water, and avoid using fabric softener or bleach. Instead, you can add vinegar to the rinse cycle for extra freshness.

Drying Blockout Curtains

Once you’ve finished washing your blockout curtains, you need to dry them properly. Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results. Avoid high heat and direct sunlight, which can damage the fabric. If you choose to tumble dry your curtains, use a low heat setting. Once dry, you can hang or iron your curtains to remove any creases.

Tips for Maintaining Blockout Curtains

  1. Regularly vacuum or dust the curtains to remove any debris or dust. Dust, dirt, and other debris can accumulate on your curtains over time, making them look dull. By regularly vacuuming or dusting your curtains, you can remove this buildup and keep them looking fresh. Use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove the dust from the fabric.
  2. Spot clean any stains promptly to prevent them from becoming more stubborn. If you notice any stains on your blockout curtains, it’s important to clean them as soon as possible. Stains can become more stubborn over time, making them harder to remove. For best results, use a gentle cleaning solution and a soft cloth to spot-clean the affected area. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could damage the fabric.
  3. Avoid exposing your curtains to moisture or humidity, which can cause mold or mildew to form. Moisture and humidity can be harmful to blockout curtains, causing mold or mildew to form on the fabric. To prevent this, avoid hanging your curtains in damp or humid areas, such as near a bathroom or a kitchen. If your curtains do become damp, make sure to dry them thoroughly before re-hanging them.
  4. Keep your curtains out of direct sunlight, which can cause the fabric to fade or discolor over time. Direct sunlight can be harmful to the fabric of your curtains, causing the colors to fade or the fabric to become discolored. To prevent this, avoid hanging your curtains in areas where they will be exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.


In conclusion, washing blockout curtains is an important part of their maintenance. 

By following these simple steps, you can keep your curtains looking and functioning at their best for years to come.

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