How to Dust Drapes | Deep, Dry and Steam Cleaning Tips

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  October 18, 2020
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Dust, pet hair, and other particles can easily gather on your drapes. If left unchecked, they can make your drapes look dull and drab.

Also, dust can trigger health issues like allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems, so it is best to always keep your drapes dust-free.

In this post, I will give you a few quick tips on how to dust drapes effectively.

How to dust your drapes

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Ways on How to Dust Drapes

There are two major ways to remove dust from your drapes: by dry cleaning or by deep cleaning.

If you do not know which cleaning method best suits your drapes, make sure to do the following:

These are two important steps, so make sure to do them, to avoid damaging your draperies.

Now, let us move on to the dusting and cleaning process.

Deep Cleaning Drapes

Deep cleaning is recommended for drapes made from washable fabric. Again, do not forget to check the label before washing your drapes.

Here is a quick step-by-step guide to deep cleaning your drapes.

Before You Start

Machine Washing Your Drapes

Handwashing Your Drapes

Now that you know how to dust drapes through deep cleaning, let us move on to dry cleaning.

Dry Cleaning Drapes

If your drape’s care label says that it should be hand-washed only, never attempt to machine wash it. Otherwise, you might end up ruining your drape.

Dry cleaning is usually recommended for drapes that are covered in embroideries or made from water- or heat-sensitive materials like wool, cashmere, velvet, brocade, and velour.

Unfortunately, dry cleaning is best done by professionals. Doing this on your own can be quite risky.

If you are dealing with expensive drapes, I suggest that you leave the cleaning to professionals.

Unlike deep cleaning that uses detergent and water, dry cleaning utilizes a special kind of liquid solvent for cleaning drapes.

This liquid solvent contains little to no water at all and it evaporates more quickly than water, thus the name “dry cleaning.”

Also, professional dry cleaners use computer-controlled machines to clean drapes and other dry clean-only fabric.

The solvent they use is far superior to water and detergent when it comes to removing dust, dirt, oil, and other residues from your drapes.

Once your drapes have been dry-cleaned, they will be steamed and pressed to remove all wrinkles.

Dry cleaning is usually done at least once a year, depending on your drape manufacturer’s recommendation.

Steam Cleaning: an Alternative to Deep and Dry Cleaning Your Drapes

Now, if you find deep cleaning a bit labor-intensive or time-consuming to do and dry cleaning too expensive, you can always try steam cleaning.

Again, before you proceed with this method, make sure that you check the label of your drapes to know if you can steam clean them.

Steam cleaning is relatively easy to do. All you need is a powerful steam cleaner, like the PurSteam Garment Steamer, and water:

PurSteam Garment Steamer

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Quick step-by-step-guide for steam cleaning your drapes:

  1. Hold your steamer’s jet nozzle around 6 inches from your drape.
  2. Spray your drape with steam from the top going down.
  3. When you are working on the seam lines, move your steamer nozzle closer.
  4. After spraying the entire surface of your drape with steam, replace the jet nozzle with the fabric or upholstery tool.
  5. Hold your steamer hose upright and start running the cleaning tool gently on your drape, from the top going down.
  6. Once you are done, repeat the process on the back side of your drape then let it air dry.

While steam cleaning is something that you can do regularly to ensure that your drapes are dust-free, it is still advisable to deep clean or have your drapes dry-cleaned every once in a while.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new equipment, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.