Caring For Your Curtains

We've answered some common questions below about how best to clean and care for your curtains, but if you're in any doubt at all then don't hesitate to contact us.

Can I iron my curtains?
There shouldn't be any need to iron your curtains when they arrive. Any creasing should fall out naturally after a few days, but give us a call if you have any concerns. It's especially important that you do not iron 100% linen curtains.

Can I steam my curtains?
Please do not attempt to iron or steam your curtains using a household iron on a steam setting, especially if your curtains are 100% linen, as this will stretch the fabric out of shape. Once hung, curtains can be gently steamed with either a professional clothes steamer or a hand steamer. The head of the steamer should be held at least 2 inches from the surface of the fabric and moved across it very quickly. If you are in any doubt about what to do please give us a call on 01394 775670 to discuss.

Can I put my curtains in the washing machine?

No, this is not advisable. The fabric will almost certainly shrink, there’s a high possibility colours might run and the linings could be damaged. Curtains can be dry cleaned at your own risk, but please note they can shrink by up to 3% during the process. If you have to take your blackout/thermal lined curtains to the dry cleaners please let them know that they'll need to be put through a very sensitive treatment. They must be dry cleaned on a low heat using any solvent EXCEPT trichloroethylene which can damage your lining irreparably. Loom & Last accepts no responsibility for any damage incurred by your dry cleaner. The best way to keep your curtains clean is to vacuum them in situ with a clean nozzle.

Will my curtains fade?

Over time yes, particularly if they are exposed to direct sunlight. If your curtains are unlined they will fade faster than lined or, better still, interlined curtains. The most effective way to protect your fabric is to use a blackout lining, as this will prevent any direct sunlight reaching the face fabric. Silk fabric fades considerably faster than cotton and linen.