Things You'll Need
Gentle soap designed for hand washing
2 terry cloth towels
In most cases, it’s more efficient to wash the curtains over again than attempt to remove set-in wrinkles. For set-in creases from previous washings, use a garment steamer 8 inches from the sheer curtain to take out the wrinkles. In a pinch, iron sheer curtains by placing a dishtowel over the sheer curtain and setting the iron to the lowest steam setting.
Avoid drying sheer curtains on a heated setting in the drier. Some synthetic fabrics deteriorate or even melt from heat—and the heat can set in stains, wrinkles and creases.
Sheer curtains soften the room with filtered light, protect privacy and offer a bright atmosphere in the home. To keep them fresh and new looking, they require periodic washing. Most sheer curtains wrinkle and crease easily. If you've been putting off the chore of cleaning the sheer curtains due to the hassle of getting out the wrinkles, take heart. With a few basic strategies you can prevent the worst of the wrinkles and remove any wrinkles that do occur.
Wash the sheer curtains by hand in cold water with mild soap, if in doubt about the fabric. Use a bathtub or large sink and wash them gently, one panel at a time. Do not twist or wring the fabric.
Hang delicate sheers over the shower rod to drip-dry. Gently tug the fabric below any wrinkles to encourage the curtains to dry straight.
Wash polyester or nylon sheer curtains in warm water on the gentle cycle with mild detergent. Only fill the washer half full—this will help prevent excess wrinkles and creases. Remove the curtains from the washer as soon as the wash cycle ends to prevent wrinkles from setting in.
Place two terry cloth hand towels in the drier to help prevent wrinkling. Add the sheer curtains—no more than two sheer panels at a time. Set the drier on the air—no heat—setting. Tumble dry for 15 minutes and check the sheer curtains. The exact time for drying the sheer curtains depends on your drier and the size of the sheer curtains. Restart the drier, if needed. Remove the sheer curtains while they are still damp.
Hang the damp curtains.
Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.