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Old 03-21-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Curtains! First wash 1999

Here are our 1999 Excella curtains. First wash!

A little Tide OXI and it looks like this:


Gruesome!
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:09 PM   #2
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We washed all our curtains from our '82 310 and I was amazed that they turned out so well. We did a test run on a few pieces that we were getting rid of first. I seriously thought they might fall apart but they turned out great. Very high quality material, I imagine they would be very expensive to reproduce in something of similar quality today.
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:14 PM   #3
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We wash ours every couple of years. Do it in the tub with cold water and a little Oxi Clean, and you are right, it's amazing what comes out of them, and how good they look afterwards.
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:32 PM   #4
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any tips on proper way to hang to dry?
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:12 PM   #5
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We air dry them hanging in the garage.
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Old 03-21-2015, 07:16 PM   #6
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When I did mine ('99) a couple years ago, I just put them in the washing machine on gentle cycle, also used an oxi. When they were done, I re-compressed the pleats and placed them over the seats in the suburban...the 100+ degree weather soon had them dry...I rehung them without having to press them. They still look good, although I'm sure they can use another wash now.
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Put them in our dryer.. on a flat surface made for sweaters and shoes... trying to dry up now.. will try to let you know result..
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:20 PM   #8
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My wife washed the curtains in our 1987 Avion. Put them in our front-load washer on delicate. Don't remember the detergent used, but it wasn't harsh. Dried them on gentle, too. After they came out looking fantastic, we gently ironed them to get the pleats looking good again. Worked very nicely.
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I think about this every so often. But then I'd get to staring at the walls and other surfaces that need a real cleaning . . . and the curtains sorta look okay after all.
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The timing on this thread is perfect! I found a complete set of drapery for my 78 in the classifieds....will be here this coming weekend. I was considering having them dry cleaned, but was afraid I would be taken to the cleaners.

Questions:
Hand wash or machine wash?
Does anyone think starching (the old fashioned way) would be of benefit?
Any problems with the elastic hangers?

I am considering replacing the elastic with new so the curtains wont sag.
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We machine washed ours out of the '82, then hung to dry. Didnt lose any of the elastic hangers nor did any stitching come apart. I was pretty amazed. We had a couple small end panels that we werent going to reinstall so we tested on those first. The quality of the material seems really top notch.
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ok.. all done... one window.

We used Tide OXI.. hand washed and rinsed.. then put into the washer on a 'rinse and spin'... quite dry when removed (high speed spin).

Placed in dryer.. on flat surface made for sweaters and other 'flat dry'.. that dried a 'little more'.

Folded as 'pleated'... hung over a plastic hanger overnight. Ironed the 'pleats' on the top and bottom for sharper creases, then ironed out the wrinkles. Up and looking great!

Could not imagine how much dirt was hiding!
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