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A word of advice for anyone planning to wash their blackout curtains.

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springbabydays · 18/07/2015 10:02

Don't!

I followed the instructions and washed them at 30 degrees and they are ruined. All the lining has stuck together and torn and it's a huge mess.

Won't be doing that again.

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SweetCharityBeginsAtHome · 18/07/2015 10:06

Oh yes. Even dry cleaning is a bit risky, mine got slightly stuck together from dry cleaning, though still useable.

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RandomMess · 18/07/2015 10:09

Oh dear, wonder if you can just wipe them down occasionally instead?

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springbabydays · 18/07/2015 12:29

That's what I'll be doing in future Random. I wouldn't mind if I'd just gone against the advice and risked it. But the flipping label says wash at 30 degrees. Will be having a word with Dunelm about this I think.

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YeOldTrout · 18/07/2015 16:48

Just sponge them down. Dry cleaning ruined mine, too :(.

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Justbatteringon · 18/07/2015 16:50

Thanks for the advice I was literally just thinking they could do with a clean. Damp sponge it is.

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RandomMess · 18/07/2015 20:51

Presumably sunlight actually attacks the rubbery coating stuff so once they're a few years old they can't take it?

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WhattodowithMum · 18/07/2015 20:56

I just washed some at 40 degrees, they were fine. I had added the blackout lining myself with lining I bought at John Lewis.

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specialsubject · 21/07/2015 14:55

yes, they are UV degradeable like most things and the washing machine will make the fragile bits disintegrate.

they still work, though!

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Dad80 · 18/03/2019 11:51

I thought you had to cold wash them ie no heat.
I may be wrong. Im a Dad lol

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Palaver1 · 19/03/2019 06:08

My were destroyed as well after washing

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Mousetolioness · 24/03/2019 10:50

If the face fabric is okay could you re-line them but make the lining detachable?

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LazyFace · 25/03/2019 15:11

I think it depends on the material. I washed mine at 40 and they were almost fine (some of it stuck to the front glass and that crinkled up a bit).
(My other curtains that I had dey cleaned though... they informed me they shrunk by about 20% ... I haven't dared put it up yet.)

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Pattie2020 · 22/04/2020 12:42

I luckily only washed one curtain and was surprised all bits came off so looked it up and it turns out that loads of people have had this trouble. So now I know thanks to mumsnet

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