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Old 08-09-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Windshield Drapes Cleaning

Having bought our rig used and not knowing if the windshield drapes have ever been cleaned and we have been living full time in it since January. I am planning on taking them down in Oct/Nov while we are wintering in Florida and either washing them or having them cleaned. What is the preferred way?
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We had ours dry cleaned. The only problem was the drape part shrank slightly, but the liner did not.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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We have had very good results, including removing water stains by soaking in water and OxiClean. It may take a couple of soakings with changing the water and new OxiClean. Rinse well and allow to dry naturally before putting them back in the coach. Just like new.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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Last month I took my 13 year old pleated one piece length windshield drapes to a dry cleaners. When they told me it would be $1.50 for each pleat(43).
I went to plan B It had several water spot stains etc.

I took it to a laundry mart. Put it in one of those big front load machines.
Used pre soak with Oxi-clean and then cold wash cycle with more Oxie-clean and a little Cheer on the delicate cycle. Then put it in the dryer on the lowest setting.

To my surprise it came out looking like new. I should have washed it years ago.
But I was afraid it would fall apart in a washer.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #6
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My 2002 curtains looked pretty bad. Took them to the cleaners and they came back still looking bad. Oxi clean soak in a five gallon bucket for a few hours, then washed on the gentle cycle and air dried. Look new.

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My 2002 curtains looked pretty bad. Took them to the cleaners and they came back still looking bad. Oxi clean soak in a five gallon bucket for a few hours, then washed on the gentle cycle and air dried. Look new.

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No one mentions if they had to iron them. How about it people?
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I took our curtains out after 7 years and had them dry cleaned. The pleats were not crisp afterward, so I ironed them myself to save some money. They look great.
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Mine are dusty where they drag on the dash. How about un-hooking and re-hooking them? Is that a nightmare?
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #10
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We have the day/night roller shades but I did the curtains in my SIL's 2000nThor a while back. Washing machine, detergent and fluff dry. Looked good. Problem was those tiny attachment plastic 'wheels' that run in the track along the sides and front. Brittle from age I guess and my poor eyes and fat fingers. Cleaning was a success with only a couple of the wheels broken and another attachment hook had to be 'rigged' to work. Bigger PIA than I figured it would be.
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Contorting oneself on the top of the plastic dash doesn't appear to be a fun thing. Must re-evaluate attachment points. I've had one or two come off and had to blindly re-attach them using the braille method.
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I removed mine in the open position where the curtains were clustered together. Just lifted them off in bunches. No need to have them spread out to unhook. I believe Camping World sells the small track wheels.

After cleaning ours, the bottom edges still got dirty from dragging across the dash. We tried to make more of an effort to keep the dash dusted off after they were cleaned. They still got dirty on the bottom and I found that dabbing "Ooops" cleaner on the edges cleaned them off.
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Thanks Don. Will check them out when it cools off. I use a protectant on the dash, so that may be attracting dust, too.
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Exclamation Learn from my mistake - Do not machine wash

I stupidly threw ours in the washing machine (front loader - on gentle!) and all the plastic backing stuck together like a big tape-ball! I didn't even think about that! Anyway... I gently pulled it apart as best I could and the plastic backing pulled off on some areas... ugh. Live and learn!
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