How to Iron Blackout and Room Darkening Curtains

Last updated on January 9, 2022

Are you tired of looking at those ugly black curtains in your bedroom? Well, now you can iron those creases out and make them look good again. Read on!

Blackout curtains are designed to block out light from outside. These curtains are usually made of thick fabric. The material may also have a special coating that blocks 99% of visible light. This makes these curtains perfect for bedrooms where you want to sleep in complete darkness.

Blackout and room darkening curtains are great for rooms that need total light blockage, heat reduction, and noise reduction. You can buy ready-made blackout curtains, or they can be custom-made to fit your windows. They come in a wide variety of beautiful colors that blend well with your existing decor.

Chances are, though, they come packaged and folded. When you unpack them, it is common for them to have creases. Here’s how to iron them out.

What's Inside?

Ironing Your Blackout Curtains

ironing a curtain

Steam iron is the quickest way to get rid of wrinkles in your curtains. You need to use a steam iron to soften the fabric before ironing them flat. Steam irons work well on cotton fabrics but not on nylon or polyester. For this reason, you should avoid using a steam iron on any curtain material.

Iron your curtains properly. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the type of material you’re using. Don’t use too much heat when ironing your curtains. Make sure you lay them out flatly before you start ironing. Pull the curtains taught while you iron them to avoid wrinkles.

Creases should be worked out from the fabric, working over the more creased areas. Overheating the fabric could cause damage. Repeat the other side.

If you’re steaming your curtains, make sure you do it correctly. Place the nozzle over the area you want to steam. Turn on the steam setting and wait until the steam stops. Remove the nozzle immediately after the steam stops. Wait a few minutes before removing the curtains from the steamer.

How to Iron Out Curtain Creases

When you iron your curtains, make sure to follow the directions given by the manufacturer. Most manufacturers recommend steam pressing your curtains. You’ll find instructions on how to steam press your curtains at the back of the package.

How to Iron Curtain Fabric

The best method for ironing your curtains depends on what kind of fabric you’re using. Cotton is easy to iron because it has a smooth finish. Polyester is harder to iron because it tends to hold its shape. Silk is even harder to iron because it needs special care.

Cotton

To iron your cotton curtains, you’ll need an iron that heats up quickly. Steam iron works great for this purpose. The steam helps loosen the fibers so they can be pressed flat.

To iron your cotton curtains, check the instructions included with the product. Follow these steps:

  1. Lay out your curtains flatly.
  2. Press down firmly on the crease.
  3. Use the steam setting if needed.
  4. When done, remove the curtains from the iron. Let them cool completely before hanging them up.

Polyester

Polyester doesn’t like to be ironed. Instead, you should steam-press your curtains. This process involves placing the curtains between two layers of paper. Heat the top layer of paper and let it sit there for a few seconds. Then, put the curtains into the middle of the paper. Put another piece of paper on top of the first one. Continue doing this until all the pieces of paper have been used.

Silk

You should never iron silk curtains. They tend to shrink and tear easily. You should hang your silk curtains instead of ironing them to prevent this problem. If you must iron your silk curtains, only use low temperatures.

Ironing Temperature

It’s important to know how hot your iron should be when ironing your curtains to avoid damaging the fabric. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to determine the proper temperature. Some manufacturers suggest using the steam setting. Others suggest the warm setting. Still, others say to use the regular setting.

Keep in mind that some types of fabrics require higher temperatures than others. Always test your iron on a small section of fabric first. If the fabric starts to burn, reduce the temperature.

Steam Cleaning Your Blackout Curtains

Steam cleaners are handy tools. You can use them to clean and iron out your curtains without having to take them down. Distilled water is easier to use than tap water because it doesn’t leave any minerals behind.

Steam cleaners clean and iron fabric by heating water and spraying steam onto them. They are usually made of metal or plastic and have a nozzle that sprays the steam. To use a steam cleaner, you first fill the tank with water. Then, turn on the unit and plug it in. Next, place the nozzle over the surface you want to be cleaned. Finally, push the button to activate the steam. After about 30 seconds, the steam will stop, and the surface will be dry.

You should only use distilled water when using a steam cleaner. It’s important to avoid using tap water because it contains chemicals that could damage the machine. If you don’t know how to operate a steam cleaner, you should hire someone who does.

There are a few different ways to iron your curtains. It’s always good to keep in mind the type of fabric you’re using and the recommended settings provided by the manufacturer.

FAQ

How do you get wrinkles out of curtains without an iron?

You can try pressing the curtain against the wall. Or, you can try pinning the curtain to the wall. Both methods help reduce wrinkles.

How do you iron blackout curtains?

Iron blackout curtains carefully. Make sure not to burn yourself while using the iron. Also, make sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers.

How can I stop my curtains from wrinkling?

Try pressing the curtains against the wall. You can also try pinning the curtains to the wall. Both techniques help reduce wrinkles.

How can I straighten my curtains without an iron?

You can try using a steamer to flatten the fabric on hanging curtains. Alternatively, you can hang them in the shower and let the hot water create enough steam to get the same effect.

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