I have a Newmar with an interior privacy curtain that needs cleaning. It is a stiff fabric of some sort with pleats. Can this be dry cleaned? Anyone have a similar curtain? And how do you clean yours? thanks, Kathy
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HI Kathy, yep, remove and take to dry cleaner. I have seen some posts that you can wash and press at home using some spray starch to set pleats. I plan on taking ours to the cleaners...
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Ours is made of curtain fabric, with pleats. I took them down and washed them on gentle cycle and then hung them back in the MH to dry. The pleats stayed and they looked great. I am, of course, not sure what fabric you have, so if in doubt, dry cleaning is probably the best choice.
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We took ours down, stretched them out on a picnic table, wet them down and scrubbed them with a soft brush and Oxy-Clean. then we hosed them off, repleated them, put a big rubber band around them (loosely) and hung them on the clothesline.
I also washed mine. They are made of conventional drapery material, so something different might not work out well. Mine had some stains on them so I soaked them overnight in laundry detergent & Oxy-Clean before washing them. After laundering I sprayed mine with Stay-Flo starch, undiluted, to give them more body & make them crisp, then pressed them. They look like brand new drapes.
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OP here. A follow-up question. OK, now that I've decided to take down the privacy curtains, I don't see how to get them down. There is a rail that holds the "hooks", simple enough. I figure just slip the grommets out of the metal clip type hooks. But no, those metal clips are pressed tight around the grommet. The only way to get the drape down, is to use pliers (or some tool) to open the "hook" enough to remove the drape. What a pain. I looked at the rail, thinking I could slide the hooks off the end- but again, no, the rail goes into the decorative cornice. Any suggestions? This is beginning to look like a more difficult and time consuming project than I anticipated. I feel like a dummy- can't even take down the drapes!!!!!!!!!!!! Kathy
I've seen two types of pleated MH curtains. The stiff ones we saw in a Journey were made of a material similar to the day/night shades. The other type is a pleated true woven fabric, sometimes with liner. The woven fabric ones aren't too stiff and many are probably supposed to be dry cleaned. I washed ours, they shrunk lengthwise but were too short anyway so I added a fabric band to the bottom made out of poly lining fabric. I wash still wash and iron them. The stiff type may not be able to be machine washed, dryed or dry cleaned. I'd see if you can find out from the manufacturer what the correct method is. I'd guess, as one poster suggested you could spread them on a plastic table cloth outside or in a bath tub and gently wash & rinse them. I'd not put them in a washer until you know for sure what method is correct.
We just had ours "cleaned" by the local dry cleaner. I figured $10, $20 bucks tops. Wifey brings 'em down and she's told it's $3.00 per pleat!!! But she'll only charge us $2.50 per pleat. Wifey leaves them there...total bill is about $75.00!
Ours are "regular curtains" with a liner. They had a water stain on them from a leak we had early in the life of the motorhome. As it turns out, the lady says the dry-cleaning didn't take out the water mark anyway! Grrrrrr!
Next time...into the washing machine they go. If they don't make it...they'll get replaced.
Ours had those "curtain hook" thingies that stick into the pleats on the curtain side and loop into the slides on the rail. The rail and slides stay on the motorhome, the curtain hooks some down with the curtain and then are removed for cleaning...then stuck back in.
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