Before the advent of automatic washing machines, Housewives had to wash tulle manually – activator-type machines with centrifuges could tear the delicate fabric. But even now, washing lace curtains can end badly if you do not follow certain rules. Our experts have found out how to wash tulle in the washing machine, so as not to spoil it. Recommendations for choosing the temperature, washing mode, detergent and the best ways to whiten curtains that have turned yellow from time to time, we share with you.
General washing rules
Tulle fabric requires careful handling, but it is not difficult to wash the curtains in an automatic machine, preserving their appearance, if you follow the rules.
Wash on the “delicate mode”.With this program, the drum of the washing machine rotates slowly with a large amount of water, cleaning the thin fabric from dirt as carefully as possible. The number of revolutions during the spin cycle is 500-600.
Washing temperaturetulle should be no more than 40 0 S. Hot water can lead to yellowing of the fabric or its deformation.
Thin lace curtainsyou can not spin in the drum– you should set the “water drain without spin” mode. After washing, the tulle should be allowed to lie in the drum for 20-30 minutes so that the remaining water drains from it. Then carefully remove from the machine and, without squeezing, hang on a crossbar or rope in a folded form. Dry in an upright position.
If the washing machine has an additional rinse function, you must turn it on. Detergents left in the fabric fibers can cause the curtains to turn yellow when Ironing.
Before loading the tulle into the washing machine, it is advisable to shake it on the street or on the balcony – the mesh fabric accumulates dust well. The result of washing will be better, you will not have to re-wash.
All hooks (or rings) curtains that are attached to the curtain rod must be removed before washing. This will save the integrity of the tulle and the pump of the machine from breakdowns.
Don’t overdo it with detergent– mesh tulle fabric does not require a large amount of washing powder or gel. With an excess, a lot of foam is formed, the remnants of which will linger in the fibers of the fabric. We recommend reducing the usual amount of Laundry detergent by 2 times.
You should wash the tulle in a special bag. It will protect the thin fabric from damage.
Load the tulle curtains into the drum carefully rolled up. If you put them in a crumpled form, creases may remain on the fabric.
Do not wash the curtains with other items(even if they match in color) or overload the car with several curtains at once. Free space in the drum will improve the quality of washing and rinsing.
Wash the tulle should be 3 to 4 times a year. However, if the apartment is located on the ground floor or the Windows overlook a busy highway, this should be done more often. Timely and regular washing of curtains will help prevent excessive contamination.
What kind of detergent to choose
Special detergents are produced for washing tulle curtains. They affect the tissue in a complex way:
gently bleach (because they contain oxygen bleach);
podrabatyvaet (are composed of starch);
prevent the formation of static electricity (contain an antistatic agent).
Some industrial products may contain optical bleach or blue paint, which gives the white fabric a snowy hue. They form little foam and are ideal for machine washing lace curtains that require delicate cleaning.
Most popular specialized products:
Super White Tulle Plus by Frau Schmidt (Germany) – 150 rubles;
Bingo Tulle (Turkey) – 50 rubles;
Cashmere Elixir for tulle and curtains (Russia) – 65 rubles;
Clever Gardinin from Clovin (Germany) – 120 rubles;
Dr. Beckmann for curtains and curtains (Germany – – 320 rubles.
These products perfectly remove dust, soot, and nicotine deposits that settle in the tulle and whiten it.
Liquid detergents for washing synthetics, wool and silk are also suitable:
gel “villus” (Russia) – 70 rubles;
“Laska Radiance of white” (white bottle) or ” Laska Care and Freshness “(blue bottle) from Henkel (Germany) – 245 rubles;
Chirton Gel concentrate (great Britain) – 200 rubles.
If you can’t buy special products for washing tulle or delicate items, you can use baby powders. They gently remove dirt and have a whitening effect. Any liquid products or capsules for washing white clothes are also suitable.
Strengthen the effect of washing gel or powder can tourmaline balls, which are laid in the drum of the machine along with tulle. They attract dirt to themselves, improving the quality of washing.
How to treat stains before washing in the car
If various stains (grease, blood, wine, etc.) have appeared on the tulle curtains, then they should be pre-treated before washing in the machine. You can use an industrial stain remover or apply one of the folk remedies to the soiled areas, leaving it for half an hour:
a paste of soda and salt;
concentrated citric acid solution (1 tsp powder per 2 tbsp water);
You can lather the contaminated area of the curtain with household soap – it removes stains of various origins well.
How to whiten yellowed tulle in a car?
White tulle curtains quickly get dirty, losing their appeal and fresh appearance – they need to be bleached periodically. Curtains that lie in the Cabinet for a long time can also acquire a yellow tint from time to time. Washing with special tulle products will help restore their dazzling whiteness, but they are expensive and can not be found in all stores.
Chlorine-containing bleach can not be used for tulle – they will damage the fibers of a thin fabric and hopelessly spoil it.
But you can return the tulle curtains to their former whiteness in other ways.
Using oxygen bleachers
To make the tulle curtains become snow-white again, you can use oxygen-containing bleachers:
They are effective in low-temperature conditions, so they are suitable for bleaching tulle. The method of administration and dosage are usually indicated on the box or bottle with the product. Lace curtains can be pre-soaked in a basin of bleach or added to the washing powder (gel) in the machine compartment.
Using optical brighteners
To get rid of the yellow hue of tulle curtains in the washing machine, you can use optical bleachers. They have a fluorescent property, settle on the fibers of the fabric, giving them a dazzling whiteness.
It is difficult to buy optical bleach separately, but washing powders with their addition are available for sale:
“PEMOS Crystal clear”.
Blue (methylene blue) and green (diamond green) have the property of optical bleach. Add a weak solution (5 drops diluted in a glass of water) to the air conditioner compartment of the washing machine – the tulle will visually look whiter and cleaner after washing.
It is important to make sure that the blue and green particles are completely dissolved in water and only then pour the solution into the compartment. Otherwise, instead of snow-white curtains, you can get them with colored spots or streaks.
Home bleaching products
To return the tulle curtains to whiteness when washing in the car, you can also use folk methods. For example, yellowed fabric is well bleached by table salt. The method of application is simple – you need to add 2 tablespoons of salt to the detergent and wash the tulle, following the basic rules. In particularly difficult cases, you can add a bag of baking powder for the dough or 1 tbsp. l. soda.
If tulle curtains are rinsed after machine washing in salted water (4 tablespoons per 5 liters) with three drops of green, they will acquire a dazzling whiteness. Salt will stiffen the fabric, and green will create an optical bleaching effect. Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia (ammonia) have good bleaching properties. Tulle before laying in the machine should be soaked for 1-2 hours in a basin of lukewarm water, adding 5 liters of 2 tbsp. l. perhydride and ammonia. You can immediately pour 30 ml of hydrogen peroxide into the washing machine to the powder, without soaking.
If you add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the air conditioner compartment of the washing machine before the last tulle rinse, the curtains will play in the sunlight with beautiful highlights.
Benefits of using home remedies:
available – available in every home or easy to buy;
the price is much lower than the cost of the cheapest store-bought bleach;
effectively whiten without much effort;
they do not cause allergic reactions, so they can be used for washing curtains from the children’s room.
The ability to correctly apply traditional bleaching methods for tulle fabrics in the washing machine makes it possible to get a dazzling result and save on buying expensive store-bought bleachers and new curtains.
Snow-white tulle on the Windows decorates the interior of the apartment, gives freshness and comfort. But over time, it loses its elegant appearance, accumulating dust, fumes, soot and street pollution, and acquires a grayish-yellow hue.
To achieve the pristine purity of tulle curtains, preserving their integrity and appearance, it will not be difficult – you just need to follow the basic rules of washing in the automatic machine and follow the advice of our experts.
If the lace curtains still look stale despite the bleaching efforts, it’s probably time to replace them with new ones. Yellowed from old age fabric will not help even dry cleaning.