It's in the Details: The Case for Steaming Curtains

There are some household duties you can get around. And then there are others that really make a world of difference. When I took these drapes out of the package last night, I saw a lot of steaming in my future. As you can see after the jump, the difference is huge!

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These silk drapes, straight out of the package, were a wrinkled, creased mess. Now, I've been known to wash curtains and hang them while they're wet to get out the creases but since these drapes are dry clean only, that wasn't going to work. I pulled out my little handheld steamer and steamed the right panel straight away. I was immediately pleased with the results. So of course I stopped to snap the photo above because, well, there's nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of your neatnik tendencies.

Steaming the drapes actually didn't take all that long and now they hang beautifully. Plus, the fifteen minutes that I put into steaming each panel will provide months of enjoyment so I think that's a pretty nifty yield for effort ratio.

Images: Jason Loper

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