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How to Wash Net & Voile Curtains


If you have ever wondered how best to wash and care for your net and voile curtains then this guide is for you!

All Net Curtains, and the majority of our voiles are 100% polyester and because this is a man-made fibre, they can be washed. Manufacturers always recommend to hand wash made to measure nets and voiles, and for the best results this will always be the recommended approach, but we know that this is not always convenient. Most modern washing machines come with hand wash and delicate cycles with lots of control over temperature, the spin and the rinse.  The advice here is a guide from our experience, but washing and caring for your curtains is ultimately your responsibility so do whatever you are most comfortable with.  If you do choose to machine wash made to measure voiles, please read all of the below advice carefully.

Some sheers may contain natural fibres such as silk, linen or cotton, and if so they will probably need to be hand washed, but most others can be delicately washed in a machine if you follow our recommend approach below.  Please check the label or our product page if you are unsure. If you have any doubts on how to look after a particular fabric, please contact us for more information. 

The key point to remember is the better you look after your sheers, the longer they will last!

General Care Instructions for 100% Polyester Net & Voiles:

  •  - Place the curtain lightly folded into one of our mesh wash bags to protect it from snags and pulls. For larger / multiple curtains it is usually best to use multiple bags or washes and not to overfill the bags. Do not overfill the drum, it is best to only fill the machine about a third full
  •  - Usually the hand wash or delicate cycle on your machine will be best
  •  - Wash at a maximum temperature of 30 degrees 
  •  - Do not spin - for best results rinse and hang to drip dry (this also usually avoids any need for ironing!)
  •  - Side seams help prevent any fraying, crucial with voile but also beneficial for net curtains
  •  - If you have heading tape, be sure to knot any strings securely
  •  - Just remember the more you wash them, and the higher temperatures used, the greater the chance of signs of wear

TOP TIP! NEVER tumble dry your curtains, the excessive heat can destroy the delicate fibres!

How should I hand wash my nets and voiles?

Hand washing is, and will always be the recommended way of caring for your nets and voiles.

  •  - Warm wash at a maximum of 30 degrees, with a ratio of approximately 1 part detergent to 30 parts water.
  •  - Soak for 10-15 minutes and agitate with your hands. 
  •  - Empty the detergent and rinse in more warm water. Continue to re-rinse until the water runs clear
  •  - Gently wring out the curtains being careful to avoid creasing. You may wish to roll them up in a towel and then press on the towel to soak up excess water
  •  - Hang the curtains either at the window or on your line, ideally with as little creasing or pegging as possible.

 Of course there are many old wives tales of how to wash net curtains and if you have a method that works for you then stick with it!

Will my nets and voiles shrink when washed?

All Net Curtains, and the majority of our voiles are 100% polyester so they are not liable to shrink when lightly washed. As with all fabrics, there may be some shrinkage, particularly if machine washed multiple times but their will usually be less than 1% of shrinkage.

If your sheers contain natural fibres such as silk, linen and cotton then shrinkage is more likely to occur and it is usually best to hand wash only - just as you would for a silk tie or linen trousers!

As with all fabrics, whether it's clothing, bed linen or curtains, the better they are looked after, the longer they will remain in their original condition.  Exposure to strong sun light, moisture or extreme temperatures will impact your nets and voiles over time. Often sheers will be placed directly against window glass, so on a south facing window it is likely the sheers will experience high exposure to sunlight. Indeed many people use nets or voiles to absorb the sun's rays to protect the more expensive curtains, or furniture that sits behind them.   If this is the case, then the sheers are going to be less resistant to regular washing at higher temperatures.    

How should I iron my nets and voiles?

After washing, many sheers will not require an iron if they have been hung to dry.  If you do need to iron them, as with washing, the below is general advice for ironing 100% polyester nets and voiles. If there are natural fibres involved a barrier cloth and more care is always recommended.

Most curtains can arrive with a degree of transit creasing depending on how long they remain folded. It's always best to unfold and hang them as soon as they arrive.  Any creasing will usually drop out after a couple of days of hanging. Some will have more creasing than others due to the design/composition of the fabric.  Any creases can be carefully ironed. A warm iron setting is recommended, not too hot as to scorch the net.  For particularly stubborn creases or embroidered voile, a damp barrier cloth is recommended.

 If you know that you will need to wash your sheers regularly, then we would recommend a voile rather than a net as the denser weave and higher quality finish is generally harder wearing.  Many nets and voiles will look great for many years to come, especially when only washed when needed.  Just remember that the better they are looked after they longer they will last!

Washing Advice for Botique Range Ado Curtains:

We recommend that our products are gently cleaned every three to six months. This is because over time, dirt becomes engrained between the fibres, which makes white curtains look grey. 

Machine washing:

1. Wash your curtains as soon as you have taken them down and observe the washing instructions on your product, if you have any trouble understanding the care symbols please get in touch.

2.  Before putting your curtains in the washing machine, ensure that all pins, pleat pins, rolling rings, sliders and curtain weights have been removed so as not to damage the fabric. Before was­hing the curtains, you can shake them and carefully use a vacuum cleaner on them to remove any coarse dirt and dust.

3.  If any plastic sections are sewn into the curtain, secure the upper hem before washing and place the product in a delicates washing bag

4. Wash your curtains separately - do not wash other items at the same time. The washing drum should only be filled up to one third of its capacity. Follow the dosing instructions on the packa­ging of your washing powder and select a gentle cycle without a spin dry function. After washing, use a gentle spin cycle (400 rpm) for the curtains.

5. After washing, hang up the curtains while damp and arrange the folds. If small creases appear despite the gentle wash cycle, these can be easily removed by carefully ironing the damp cur­tains. Attention! Curtains should never be put in a tumble dryer.

Hand washing:

Very delicate curtains can be washed in the bath using lukewarm water. When doing so, the curtains must be completely covered by the water. Leave to soak for 10-20 minutes. Then knead the curtain around in the alkaline solution. After washing, hang the curtains while damp. Arrange the folds immediately to avoid the formation of creases.

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