Drapes with a rubber backing can provide your utility bill with a slight reprieve. The very element that offers these advantages, however, requires extra care and gentle treatment when you wash the drapes just like the carpets/rug cleaning or repairing: the rubber backing.
Hand Wash Outside Method
Hand washing the drapes is a gentler approach than using machine and is preferable when the rubber backing condition on the drapes is weakened, or there are any signs of rips or rubs. Hang the curtains on a clothesline outside to provide the easiest access to all or most of the fabric at a single time. Saturate the curtains and rub it gently in laundry cleaning solution using a sponge or maybe your hands, paying specific attention to areas where stains have accumulated. Then rinse the curtains/drapes until all of the detergents have washed away.
The washing machine approach:
Regulate the washing machine to a gentle cycle, fill it with cold water, and add the appropriate amount of detergent. The packaging for the soap will generally dictate how much to apply, or you can judge the measurement based on earlier experience. For darker drapes, you may be willing to use a color-safe cleaning solution to help prevent bleeding or fading o color. Remove the drapes after the cycle has ended, because prolonged exposure to the moisture in the washing machine could cause mildew to form.
Hand Wash Inside Method
If hand washing the drapes/curtains outside is not a viable option, you can use a bathtub filled with cold water instead. Similarly, you should first soak the curtains in the water, wash them with laundry detergent, and then rinse them until all of the detergents have been removed.
It does not even matter how you washed drapes or curtains, and the curtains must be left to dry fully either on a flat and clean surface or hanging them from a sturdy curtain rod. Avoid any damage to the rubber backing by preventing the urge to ring out extra water contents. Due to the agitation cleaning, the drapes may have caused, and you could be left with a few wrinkles. For any lines that do not disappear naturally in the drying procedure, you may iron the stuffed side of the drapes in a relatively lower setting. Take care not to leave the iron on any one place for a very long time — you do not want to expose the rubber backing to heat.