Cleaning Sheer White Nylon Curtains?

September 22, 2011

A boy holding onto white curtains as he looks out the window.How can I brighten and still keep the sizing in my sheer white curtains without ironing them and using spray starch?

By Pat from PA



September 26, 20110 found this helpful
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Try tumbling the panels in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls. Use the air dry or lowest heat setting. By putting the dry panel in, you preserve the sizing. Any method that involves getting them wet will remove the sizing. I googled how to stiffen fabric, and found several methods involving sugar or white glue. You may want to check these out, to see if you want to nuse them to restore sizing to your curtains after laundering therm.

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August 14, 2017

How do I remove rust stains safely from nylon curtains?


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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Pour white vinegar on it, then blot with a clean rag.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Don't try bleaching the stain with chlorine bleach this will only spread the stain and can turn your curtain yellow. Here is the simplest way to remove your stain.


First remove as much of the rust stain as possible before you start the treatment.
Second, squeeze some lemon juice on the stain to thoroughly saturate it.
Third, sprinkle salt on the lemon juice. Let the salt and lemon juice react and leave it sit on the stain for 24 hours. Every few hours add more lemon juice to keep the stain wet.
Fourth, rinse with cold water. If there is still some rust stain on the curtain you can repeat this process again.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Nylon is a delicate fabric so try not to rub anymore than necessary. You can use lemon or white vinegar in the same way. Saturate a cotton ball or small cloth with either and dab the spot; cover with salt and let it rest for 30 minutes. Check to see progress and either leave longer or add more and wait. Some recommend putting it in the sunshine but be careful as this can fade some fabric. They also make a rust remover product that works well and can be found in most supermarkets in the cleaning isle (brown bottle).


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Try diluted white vinegar with a soft sponge. Don't rub it in.

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