Removing Wrinkles from Curtains and Drapes

November 7, 2013

Light colored drapes.How do you recommend that someone remove the wrinkles from drapes out of a package? They are made from 100% polyester with an acrylic binder.


By LKW from Hempstead, TX


November 8, 20132 found this helpful

Put a damp towel in the dryer with the curtains on permanent press.

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November 10, 20132 found this helpful

I would wash them because all new items have finishing products in them to give them that crisp new look & feel. They are chemicals you don't want in your home for your family to be breathing. I work in a store & sometimes when new products are being stocked, the fumes will give me a migraine. The smells are very strong.

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April 4, 20181 found this helpful

I had a new winkled polyester dust ruffle, so I tried the wet towel with in the dryer and it got the wrinkles out. It took about 20 minutes.

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February 7, 2008

I bought brand new permanently crushed curtains. Why? One, they are gorgeous and two you never have to iron them! I do not iron. However, being packaged they have some lines in them. I tried wrinkle remover, no good. I tried hot steamy shower, no good. And no, I don't have a travel steamer thing. Can someone suggest something? I am at quite the loss. I draped all the panels over a door for few days, but they didn't come out. Any advice? Thanks.

Kathy from Phila, PA


February 7, 20081 found this helpful

Have you tried washing them in cold water, delicate cycle then putting them in the dryer just till they get warm? Pull them out and hang them and they should stay wrinkle free.

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February 7, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, I bought gorgeous green "crushed" curtains and had the same problem. I put them in the delicate cycle, both wash/dry and they still had the fold line. I iron so, I laid out the damp curtain on the ironing board, set the iron to its lowest setting {careful not burn} for steam and lightly skimmed the surface.


The only other way that I can advise is to hang them with some kind of weight in the hem. Good luck!

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By Barb. W. (Guest Post)
February 8, 20080 found this helpful

I'm a single mom that doesn't have time to iron. We have found "Downy Wrinkle Release" you just spray it on, tug out the wrinkles and let dry. WORKS WONDERFULLY! My kids even use it so they don't have to iron.

Good Luck

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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

Wash your curtains and hang them wet. They will dry and pull out any wrinkles or creases.

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

I wanted to comment on this post. Bought drapes through Amazon
because it offered everything that I needed in drapes. Brand name is Vangao. Bought 4 pair of 84 long width 52. I have tried everything that has been offered to remove the wrinkles and NOTHING works!


To have them dry cleaned will cost over $100.00 !! A consumer should NEVER have to pay for having brand new drapes pressed and there are NO guarantee that the professional dry cleansers can get the wrinkles completely out. I post this to WARN everyone to NOT buy your drapes on line unless they company pay for the Dry cleaners.

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January 18, 2012

What is the best way to get wrinkles from packaging out of new crushed voile window panels? I don't want to iron them since they are the crushed material, but there are some deep wrinkles from the packaging. Would just washing and hanging damp work?

By neuroticmom


January 19, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, you can wash them, but they will lose their wrinkles best if you put them in the dryer after they are washed. If you don't have a dryer, it won't hurt to iron them.


Just use a lower heat and some steam. The "crushed" effect won't iron out.

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January 19, 20121 found this helpful

You can tumble the panels in the dryer with a towel that has been wet and rung out so it's not dripping. Tumble on the lowest heat setting. You can do this with the new panels, which should then be wrinkle free. No laundering needed. This has worked for me. Hope it helps you.

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January 4, 20160 found this helpful

my drapes are dry clean only

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March 26, 2011

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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