It is well known. Linen is among the most complex fabrics during ironing since it has the tendency to wrinkle even just by touching it. Although it is a 100% natural and fresh fiber if used in clothing, the housewives remain the grip of the iron. All the more so if they are home textiles which, having to be put on display, must be perfect, without even having a fold. The curtains should also be washed at least a couple of times a year because they accumulate dust and odors, and in the change of season it is always a good idea to give them a freshening. Some advice for perfectly ironing linen curtains are always welcome, so if you are curious, read on.
How to iron linen curtains?
A perfect ironing is obtained even if the washing is carried out correctly. In the case of curtains, it is easier to use the washing machine by programming the cycle suitable for linen items. Each appliance has its own program but a little trick will have to be adopted during the spin phase. Avoid spinning the fabric too much, as the operation tends to excessively crease the fabric creating difficulties during ironing. In addition, use a quality detergent specifically designed for natural fibers and which gives softness to the curtains. In this way the iron will slide easily on the fabric without giving too many hitches.
Be careful of drying
The curtains should possibly be dried in the sun and hung perpendicular to the clothesline. This operation is easy when the threads are exposed outside the balcony, allowing the vertical positioning of the textiles. For example, if the condominium regulation prevents you from hanging clothes outside the balconies, lay the curtains horizontally along the entire surface of the drying rack, covering it entirely. This operation will avoid the formation of creases and will save time during ironing.
Place the damp curtains directly on the poles
When the warm season is approaching, the internal temperatures of the house are high and allow the clothes to dry without being hung outside. Once the curtains have been washed and centrifuged, when they are still wet (but almost dry), put them back on the poles and let them dry inside your home. The weight of the fabric and the humidity will spread the linen fibers allowing the ironing of the textiles without necessarily resorting to household appliances. It won’t take long for the curtains to dry. Half a day will be enough and, on sunny days, even a couple of hours.
Use the iron at the right temperature
Irons have a heat regulator which can be increased or decreased according to the type of fabric. Generally, the ideal temperature for linen is indicated on the appliance by means of some symbols. If the curtains are white or have soft shades, it is also possible to use high temperatures for a perfect ironing, while in the opposite case it will be necessary to pay the right attention, avoiding that excessive heat spoils the bright colors. Follow the instructions!
Iron with steam
The water vapor generates humidity which, in contact with the fabrics, widens the fibers allowing an easier ironing. As for cotton, the same rule applies to linen, and steam can be used in two ways. First, through the use of the iron positioned in “water vapor flow” mode. Through a button and a lever it is possible to regulate the escape of the steam during ironing. Second, using a steamer, of those useful for removing scale. These appliances are equipped with brushes that can be used with the fabrics and, on the linen curtains already positioned on the poles, you could iron with the steam placing the revenue at 10 – 15 centimeters apart.
Washing and ironing home textiles is not a complex operation. Of course, you will have to be familiar with it, and if someone shortens the time by using the laundries, the most prudent will prefer to do it themselves, perhaps with the help of some online guide. Whatever your choice, remember one thing. Who does it himself, does it for three!
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