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Removing Wrinkles from Drapes

I just bought some new drapes, they are grommeted at the top, and made of 100% cotton and are lined. The directions say to iron very little or not at all on the fabric side. They arrived in a very wrinkled state. Can I use a fabric steamer on them or would that cause shrinkage? I have never used a steamer before.

By Marcie from Prairie du Sac, WI

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

The best way to remove the wrinkles would not be to iron them. It sounds like you could very easily ruin them. Instead get some fishing weights, Take an old nylon and put the weights inside. Spread them out evenly along the length of the nylon and tie a knot between each to keep them separated. Then safety pin the nylon to the back side hem of the curtain, putting a safety pin at each weight.

Then hang the curtains as usual and take a steamer and steam the curtains till they are good and damp as if they had just come out of the spin cycle from the washer. Let them hang that way till dry. The weights will pull the wrinkles out.

If you don't have a steamer you can take a spray bottle and spray them till they are good and damp. Again, spray till they are damp like they had just come out of the spin cycle.

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful

They will most likely "iron" themselves out by hanging. You can put some water in a spray bottle and spray until damp. Smooth out with clean hands and let gravity do the rest.

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