How to Clean Blackout Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Feather duster

  • Soft cheesecloth

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Bristle bush vacuum attachment

  • Soft cloth

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Water

  • Bowl

Keep blackout curtains looking good.

Blackout fabric is used to make curtains and coverings that keep out light. Curtains backed with blackout fabric are perfect for a home theater or media room, where you can enjoy your favorite movies just as you would at a movie theater. Like any hanging curtain material, blackout fabric gets dusty and dingy looking. Keep allergens at bay by cleaning your blackout fabric on a regular basis. This type of material is not suited for machine washing. Do your cleaning manually for the best results.



Step 1

Clean fabric on the rod with a feather duster.

Step 2

Stretch out the fabric on the rod.

Step 3

Sweep the duster back and forth in small strokes with your brush. Start at the top of the curtain and work downward.

Step 4

Lay fabric on a table. Use a soft cheesecloth to wipe the dust from the blackout fabric.


Step 5

Use a vacuum cleaner for an even deeper dusting. Attach the soft bristle attachment to the vacuum.

Step 6

Suction the fabric working from top to bottom in strips.


Step 1

Add a few drops of liquid dish detergent to a small bowl of warm water.

Step 2

Dip your cloth into the water. Wring the water out of the cloth.

Step 3

Blot up any stains by tapping the damp cloth on the spot.


Do not use bleach on your blackout fabrics. This will permanently discolor your fabric.



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