Safe Storage for Your Window Treatmentsby NW Storages on 02/20/18
Window treatments are a major part of any home’s appearance. Whether you opt for light curtains, sheers, or heavy draperies, your window coverings are important to your home’s appearance and decor. Once you’ve found the curtains or drapes you like, the ones that work best with your interior design and furnishings, you’ll want to be sure to protect and preserve them properly when you need to store them. There’s no need for your window treatment to be damaged while in storage, if you take care when preparing them.
There are a few different ways to story draperies and other window coverings, and it’s up to you which will work best for you. Before deciding on a storage method, though, it’s important to make sure your curtains are ready to be stored.
Before storing, be sure your drapes, sheers, and curtains are clean and dry. Dry clean if appropriate; you can even ask to have them wrapped in protective tissue once they are clean. If your window coverings can be laundered, then wash well and dry thoroughly. It’s important to be sure there’s no moisture left in the fabric when you put them into your storage unit.
You should also repair any tears, hanging hems, or loose seams before storing.
Once you’re sure that your curtains are clean and dry, it’s time to decide on how to store them. There are three basic methods of doing this.
Rolling. You can lay your drapes or curtains on a clean dry floor or table and roll them into tubes. Take care not to create wrinkles or folds while doing this, so that when you retrieve your drapes they are ready to be hung, with minimal effort.
Hanging. Sometimes, you may have the ability to hang your draperies while storing them. This has the effect of preventing wrinkling, as well as keeping them aired out and discouraging mold or mildew, however, you should lay a large sheet or other protective layer (never plastic) over the hung fabrics so they don’t collect dust.
Folding and boxing. If you choose to fold your curtains and then place them in boxes, you’ll want to lay them flat, fold them lengthwise to preserve pleating, and then fold the resulting stack in half once or twice. Now, wrap the folded bundle in acid free paper or cotton sheeting and place it in a box where it will not be cramped or squished. Ensure that the box you’ve chosen is sturdy, and has some holes or slots to allow for airflow.
Whenever you choose to use protective paper, make sure it’s white, and acid free. This will keep your fabrics from being damaged by the paper it’s wrapped in. Boxes should be large enough to hold the drapes without bending, squashing, or forcing them inside. If the box does not have holes or slots, poke a few holes in the top and/or sides to allow air to circulate inside.
If you’ll be storing your drapes for an extended period of time, it’s advisable to remove them from your storage unit, air them out briefly (even half an hour is good), and then repack. This may seem time-consuming and somewhat laborious, but in the long run it will can save problems. For instance, if moisture were to somehow creep into your storage unit, catching it early will reduce or prevent damage to the fabric.
Finally, when you take your curtains out of storage, hang them to air out. A couple of days of hanging should remove the majority of creases and wrinkles that may have developed; any resistant lines or folds can be steamed or ironed away, as appropriate.