Freshen old or newly cleaned draperies or remove creases from newly purchased packaged curtains. A handheld steam cleaner is inexpensive and can be used without even removing drapes or curtains from their rods.

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Steaming curtains not only keeps your curtains free of dust and looking good.

Step 1

Hang the new curtains and check the manufacturer's label to ensure steam won't harm the curtains. There are some steamers that can burn or singe certain fabrics. As a good rule of thumb, curtains that are machine washable can be steamed.

Step 2

Fill and warm up the steamer according to manufacturer instructions. Ensure you hold the hose-mounted steaming handle upright, with the steam holes away from you. Test your steamer's power by holding it at least 10 inches away from the curtain.

Step 3

Steam the top of the curtains first, standing on a step stool if necessary. This allows the dirt to fall down instead of starting at the bottom and allowing the dust from the top to drift down.

Step 4

Slowly run the steamer down the length of the curtain. If the curtains are especially high, you may want to break the length in parts.

Step 5

Hold the steamer more closely than 10 inches if wrinkles do not release. If you see wet spots, then you could be holding the steamer too close.

Step 6

Keep the windows closed and do not do any further cleaning/dusting for at least an hour when you are done steaming. This allows the curtains to fully dry and prevents them from picking up dust.