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Old 04-14-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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curtain cleaning

We have a 1998- 19 foot Bambi. The interior curtains need to be cleaned. They are a white fabric and I am not sure if they can be washed. Anyone have any experience doing this?
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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I just got mine back from the dry cleaner. $37.00 for clean and ozone generator treatment to remove smoke odor (the AS was in a storage unit fire).They look great, retain faint sent of smoke, however. I bought an ozone generator with the plan to re-zap.

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Old 04-14-2015, 03:29 PM   #3
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You can wash them. We've done it several times. Although some say we go to extreme to protect them, we hand wash them in cold water in the tub with Oxi-Clean, then hang in the garage to dry.

They come out fine.
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Ditto what Steve said, but it's ok to use warm or hot water. Oxy works better in warm/hot water. I've also machine washed ours on the gentle cycle, then hang dry. They came out fine.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:04 PM   #5
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I have washed mine many times in the washer - gentle cycle and cold water. I then hang them to dry. No ironing needed and they come out perfect.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:42 PM   #6
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Use 'hand' or 'lingerie' cycle.. whatever your machine has. Oxy Tide is 'Marvelous'..

We used a plastic tub... and did first one by hand... see the pic for 'first wash'..
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Just be careful, because they can shrink. (Ask me how I know.) Try cold-water wash, and line-drying only. I tried to take our previous AS curtains to the dry cleaners, but they wouldn't do them because of the attached plastic sliders.
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I just got mine back from the dry cleaner. $37.00 for clean and ozone generator treatment to remove smoke odor (the AS was in a storage unit fire).They look great, retain faint sent of smoke, however. I bought an ozone generator with the plan to re-zap.

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Use caution with the ozone ...although it will help remove odors, it will also speed up anything else that oxidizes ... plastic, rubber, vinyl ...
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I just washed ours yesterday for the first time. I put it off because I saw the comments about shrinkage etc and was worried. I used the hand wash setting on our machine and regular detergent. Hung them back up wet. They came out beautiful!
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OxyClean is an amazing odor remover.

I use it everywhere I can, including a bit every use in my carpet cleaner.

Our first motorhome had been inhabited by a heavy smoker.

Oxyclean took all the odor out of the carpet.


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Following CWF's lead I washed mine in "ALL" with oxy, (not as much perfume) and they turned out great. I had just bought them from an ASer with the identical coach.
The material used in mine and more than likely yours has a high polyester content and shouldn't change (shrink) much if at all. Mine seemed to "grow" a bit, but the elastics were stretched out. Also the overpowering smell of perfume disappeared after the curtains were dry and aired out for a few days. CWF pm'd me and recommended spinning in a rinse cycle. We have one of those high end Maytags that can spin the fur off of a cat.... they came out just barely damp to touch. I not sure I would try that in a machine that has an agitator, the little hangers might get caught up in it.
After you get them like you want them, use a warm iron to smooth it out and crease as desired. This is what I am doing today, I couldn't be happier, and thanks to CWF for the nudge of confidence. I'm glad I didn't have to take them to the creek and beat them on the rocks.
Hope it works out well for you.
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