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Any ideas how to get the creases out of a new curtain (without ironing it)?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11273points) December 9th, 2011

I bought some new curtains and they came in a packet, folded up. They are made of a polyester blend of some sort. Unfortunately, they are really creased, where they were folded into the packet.

My neighbor told me to pop them into the washer and that would do the trick. It didn’t. I put them in the dryer and now, they are not only creased, they are also wrinkled. I don’t think they are heavy enough that they will “iron out naturally” when hung on the curtain rods.

I have had to iron curtains before…and these are so huge and there is so much fabric, I just don’t want to spend hours and hours doing this. (I have eight huge panels to do…9 ft by 9ft each!) I also don’t want to take them to a dry cleaners because they won’t get done on time.

Does anyone have any ideas how to get these creases/wrinkles out…tips, tricks…etc? Without having to resort to ironing them one by one?

Thank you!

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WestRiverrat's avatar

My first thought was to hang them and then steam them.

JLeslie's avatar

Polyester and what else? Are they rayon?

thorninmud's avatar

I have no idea if this stuff actually works, but it’s made to do exactly what you’re looking for.

Gets pretty good reviews on Amazon.

SmashTheState's avatar

Being lazy and a slob, I don’t own an iron. When I need something pressed, I have two tricks which usually work: (1) hang it in the bathroom while I take a really hot shower, or (b) leave it between the mattress and the boxspring overnight while I sleep on it. It won’t get you on the cover of GQ, but it’s usually good enough to get by. (If you don’t want to take them down, maybe holding the spout of a boiling kettle near the creases will work.)

JLeslie's avatar

While hanging you can spray them with water, smooth the wrinkles, and let them hang dry. If it is cold weather where you are they should dry fast since your heater is on and the air is very dry. They won’t be soaked if you use the water bottle.

But, if there is a lot of rayon in the fabric you might have a really hard time getting the wrinkles out.

lillycoyote's avatar

Did you take them out of the dryer as soon as they were done? If you let them sit in the dryer for any amount of time they would wrinkle. You might be able to put them back in the dryer with a wet washcloth, not soaking wet but wet, to get rid of the wrinkles and then pull them out and hang them the minute they are done.

Earthgirl's avatar

The best thing if they are 100% polyester would be to sprinkle or spray them with water and then put them in the dryer on LOW heat!. If you use too much heat you could actually melt the fibers and set the creases permanently. If that is what has happened they may be unsalvageable. If they are blended with rayon the washing is the llikely culprit for the wrinkles. Rayon fibers are very weak when wet and can get damaged. If they are a blend with rayon you might be able to fix them by dampening and pressing them with an iron on low heat. Good luck!

gravity's avatar

steam them! If you don’t have a steamer (since you dont have an iron) hang them in the bathroom and steam them in there with the shower on full blast hot for a bit of time. good luck!

blueiiznh's avatar

You may borrow my steamer. Absolutely the best way.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Okay, everyone…..first of all they were polyester. (I thought they were a blend).
Secondly, I did have an iron (just didn’t want to use it.)
Three, I did take them out of the dryer quickly, and it did not work.
Four, we don’t have Downy Wrinkle Release…not in the UK…:(
Five, I didn’t know about spraying them and just letting them hang dry.
(Now, I know to just take them out damp and hang them next time!)

Six, @bluiiznh…...Where was your steamer when I needed it? :)

Do you know what I did? I ironed every last one and it would have taken less time to walk The Camino in winter

JLeslie's avatar

Polyester should not need any ironing.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@JLeslie….....It did…it really really did need ironing…unfortunately. My take is that they were in those packets A LONG TIME.

JLeslie's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus Must have been. Sucks for you :).

lillycoyote's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus Then I would just go ahead and iron them; just bite the bullet, and then let them hang there, for the next twenty or thirty years and not worry about them again, for a very, very long time. I hope you really like your curtains. :-)

blueiiznh's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus I will trade you the steamer use for ironing any day. Glad you got it done.

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