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Old 03-31-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Curtains need cleaning

Windshield curtains are in need of cleaning. Anyone have experience in washing or should I send to a dry cleaner?
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:57 PM   #2
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just took ours in to have dry cleaned, they sent us to a business that cleans curtains. it was $12.50 per curtain. Grants Pass Oregon
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:56 PM   #3
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We have a 2004 Holiday Rambler. Last year the wife washed our curtains on a cold gentle wash cycle using Tide pods, and dried them on warm dry cycle. Curtains came up like new.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:37 PM   #4
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Some friends washed their windshield curtains in a tall waste-paper container. They used Oxy-Clean and warm water, then simply swished them up and down in the solution for a while, then changed ends and washed again.
We haven't gotten up the nerve to wash ours yet.
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I wouldn't doubt what I have are 22 years old, can't say for sure. I figured I would wash them and they would fall apart but they didn't. I have a front loader and washed them, they were dirty. Afterward I had some sewn in hooks that just had safety pins that I replaced, resewed the top pleats back down. Had to redo the hems. The color is wine and I switched them around as the front ends were faded. I think I could cut about 6 inches off each end and get rid of the faded part but haven't done it yet. They are heavy and must have been top quality fabric, that stuff is hard to come by anymore.

I will likely either buy or make some new ones, didn't want to at the time as the motorhome being old we didn't know if it would be worth it. Just now starting to look at the aesthetics instead of everything else.
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When we bought the HR, it was 5 years old and the front curtains looked pretty dirty on the bottom. We had them dry cleaned, pressed and they came back looking new. Since then, DW has made a point of dusting the dash at every stop, especially under the curtains...it's working, they still look great. Where does all that dust and dirt come from?
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We washed our then 14 year old beige curtains in a front loader washer then hung them to dry. Worked fine.

Dry cleaner would not guarantee the result and was much more expensive.

Ours are not lined.
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The manufacturer of our motorhome (Tiffin) recommended against washing the front curtains because they are treated with a fire-retardant compound which is water soluble.

We got prices from several cleaners for dry cleaning. None of the cleaners would guarantee the results. Not only that, but the cost was so high, we ended up ordering a new set of drapes from Tiffin for only a few $$ more.
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Washed them and they came out fine.
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