Smart Tricks On How To Get Creases Out Of Curtains Easily

What’s not to love about ready-made draperies? They’re available in a wide variety of colours, designs, fabrics, and all you’re required to is buy some and hang them on. The only problem is that when you remove your brand new curtains from their packaging – they’re deeply creased or wrinkled. What’s more, even hanging your curtains doesn’t seem to get rid of the creases sometimes. 

Room window with colorful curtains

And, let’s not even get started about the wrinkles you have to deal with after washing your drapes at home. But, what if we told you – you can get rid of curtain creases with or without taking them down? This guide is filled to the brim with tips to help you sort out your curtain-crinkle problems. All you need to do is stick with us as we walk you through several clever ploys to help your curtain fabric look its very best!

Ways to remove creases on hanging curtains

Alrighty, let’s get down to business. This section is for all those individuals who’d rather not go through the hassle of taking down their curtains to eliminate wrinkles and creases. 

1. Wrinkle release spray

A wrinkle release spray (aka crease release spray) is perfect for ridding those pesky crinkles from your hanging drapes. What’s more, there are plenty of reputed brands out there that make some high-quality anti-wrinkle sprays – that are suitable for all types of fabric. All you have to do is buy a spray bottle or two and get to work.

We particularly liked the fact that most of these sprays are available in a variety of exciting scents – which means not only will your wrinkled curtains look brand new, but they’ll also smell freshly laundered.

Although, note that if you’re planning on using this stuff on your polyester or nylon blackout curtains, some wrinkle release sprays may leave a water spot. That’s why it’s best to test the spray you’ve bought on a hidden area first to ensure your curtain panels remain spot-free. 

Hands with gloves holding spray for curtains

2. Fabric steamer or garment steamer

Another trouble-free method to achieve a wrinkle-free result for your bed or living room curtains you need to think of utilizing a fabric steamer or garment steamer

Unlike steam irons, a steamer emits jets of steam at fabric without the hassle of laying it down on a flat surface. In fact, a steamer will work best on hanging fabric – which makes it perfect for stubborn wrinkles in curtains. 

Did you know that steam is clinically proven to help kill off pet dander related germs in carpets and upholstery? So, if your household includes pets, a steam cleaner is a relatively easy method of sanitizing your curtains should the need arise. It’s a win-win situation all around. 

Just a quick pro-tip before your head off to your DIY curtain project – when you’re choosing a fabric steamer, pick one with multiple steam settings and a long pipe – so you don’t have to worry about not being able to reach the top of the curtains. Also, pay attention to the steamer’s water tank capacity because you definitely don’t want to refill the tank every few minutes. 

A girl holds a steamer for curtains in her hand

3. Drapery Weights

If you’re trying to conserve storage space and borrowing a fabric steamer isn’t an option for you – allow us to introduce you to the marvel that is drapery weights. If you’ve never seen or heard of curtain weights – the product is exactly what it sounds like. 

Available in sewing and non-sew variations, curtain weights are designed to help keep your curtains wrinkle-free and also help the fabric stay put when you occasionally want to keep the windows open for some fresh air.

 Sewing these weights generally include lead blocks in varying weights wrapped up vinyl packets that you can sew at the bottom of your curtain. If you’re worried about the weights sticking out like an eye-sore, don’t worry; they’re sewn at the back, where they remain hidden from your sight. 

Suppose you’re not a sewing machine enthusiast. In that case, you can always rely on magnetic curtain weights that require absolutely no use of needle and thread. Instead, these weights work much like magnets. One part of the magnet goes on the front of your curtain while the other goes back to keep them in place. 

Once you’ve got the weight of your choice, all you have to do is dampen your curtains with water. Remember, the goal is to help the fabric release wrinkles, so try not to douse the fabric – especially if it’s nylon or silk.

Next, add the weights in place at the bottom of the drapes – according to the product’s instructions and watch the magic happen. The water helps soften the fabric fibres, while the weights help stretch the material – until no creases remain. 

Taking your curtains down to remove creases

Now that we’ve covered tricks you can employ to eliminate wrinkles from hanging curtains, let’s move on to what your options are regarding taking them down. 

1. Steam Iron

Perhaps the most common way of achieving crease-free drapes is taking them down to use an iron on the fabric. Of course, to follow this method, you’ll need an iron, an ironing board, and a spray bottle filled with water for good measure. 

Simply place your curtain panel on the ironing board, select the right heat setting for the fabric (according to the label instructions), and get ironing. If you notice a few deep creases that aren’t budging, don’t increase the heat because it may damage the fabric. Instead, try misting the fabric with water (not enough to leave a spot) and iron over the troubled area again. 

2. Shower Steam

Another innovative method of getting rid of creases from curtains without washing them is utilizing the steam from your shower. 

A hand hangs curtain on the shower curtain rod for shower steam

Start by taking your drapes to the bathroom and hang them on the shower curtain rod. Next, turn on the hot water and ensure the showerhead is pointing away from your curtains. Once you’ve made sure there’s no danger of your drapes getting wet, leave the bathroom and close the door behind you. 

Wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes to let the drapes soak in the steam and then go in and turn off the water. Allow the curtains to stay in the steamy bathroom for another 5 minutes to ensure the fabric fibres are well loosened and the creases are all gone. 

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of wasting water, try doing this when you’re planning on taking a long and luxurious soak. That way, you can conserve water, your curtains will be steamed and probably come out smelling excellent thanks to the bath products you intend to use!

Washing and drying your curtains

It goes without saying that washing and pressing your curtains at home is only an option when fabric care doesn’t require dry-cleaning. That brings us to the most crucial point of the wash and press trick – going through the fabric care label very carefully to ensure you don’t do anything that ends up damaging the fabric. 

If the fabric instructions allow, place your curtains in your washing machine and wash them with a mild laundry detergent in lukewarm to warm water. Also, select the gentle cycle to make sure there’s no injury to the fabric. Try not to wash more than one curtain at a time because this will ensure the drapes are appropriately cleaned, and that you don’t overtax your washer

Next, remove the curtains from the washing machine as soon as the cycle is done and place them in the dryer on a permanent press cycle or a cool cycle. You can try adding in a few small towels to keep the curtains from bunching together. 

Finally, remove the curtains from the dryer while they’re still somewhat damp. If you notice any deep creases, use an iron on the appropriate heat setting and an ironing board to get them out and hang your curtains immediately.

Young woman opening curtains at home

We told you getting creases out of your curtains might not be as troublesome as you think. And, after reading our article, we hope you’ve found the solution that meets your requirements completely. Before we head off, we’d like to remind our readers, once again, to always go through the care instructions that accompany your curtains to ensure you don’t have to deal with any fabric damage later. Apart from that, you’re all set to conquer your crinkly-curtains and bring them to life once again!

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