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How to Hang Curtains

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How to hang eyelet curtains

  • Simply thread the curtain pole through the eyelets on your curtain
  • Do not thread the outermost eyelet onto the pole. This eyelet fits onto the outside of the bracket, which is used to attach the pole to either the wall or ceiling. Attaching the eyelet outside of the bracket will prevent the curtain from sliding all the way across the window.
  • Once the eyelet curtains have been threaded onto the curtain pole they will naturally pleat into generous folds.

How to hang pencil pleat curtains

Before pulling the cords to gather the heading tape, double check your window width to ensure the gathered width will be wide enough to cover the window. When fully gathered, pencil pleat curtains are half of their original, pre-gathered width. It is important to check this first, as the curtains cannot be returned once the header tape has been gathered, unless the product is faulty.

  • Once you have checked the width and are ready to gather, secure all of the cords at one end of the header tape. This is to make sure the cords do not detach from the header tape when drawing them through to create the gather.
  • At the unsecured end, take hold of the loose cords gently pull them. Try and do this evenly so the finished effect will be nice and straight.
  • Once you are happy with the width and appearance of your curtains, tie the cords. Do not cut the cords in case you need to change the width or appearance.
  • Make sure there is an even number of curtain hooks for each curtain, and attach them to the header tape at equal distances.

Caring for your curtains

  • Always check your pencil pleats curtains before you pull the draw cords. Returns can’t be accepted once the cords have been pulled.
  • When hanging new curtains ensure they are positioned away from the window pane to avoid direct contact with the glass where there could be condensation.
  • All curtains should be aired thoroughly before use and after dry cleaning.
  • New curtains sometimes have visible fold lined from the packaging. These will drop once the curtain is hung and the fabric lustre will return.
  • For any fold lines that are still visible after the curtains have been hanging for a week please refer to the care label before ironing to avoid damaging your curtains.
  • Once you have hung your curtains pleats can be teased into position by running your fingers through the fabric. To avoid bruising velvets with excessive handling we would recommend fitting a track with a pull cord.

Cleaning your curtains and voiles

  • Directions can vary depending on the fabric of your voile or curtain, so read the instructions on the care label carefully before washing.
  • Ensure all components are removed and if your curtains are pencil pleats, make sure the strings are undone before cleaning so the full curtain can be cleaned.

Hand washing

  • Always follow the care instructions on the label. For coloured and printed fabrics, we recommend using a colour care detergent. Never use bleach as this will damage the fabric.
  • Before washing, take the voile/curtain outside and shake off any dust that might have collected on the surface of the fabric.
  • Avoid rubbing the fabric against itself during washing, instead use a gentle squeezing motion to clean the fabric.
  • Rinse the fabric thoroughly after washing, fabric should then be hung and left to air dry.
  • Any creases should drop out as the fabric air dries. If any creases remain, check your care label to see if the fabric can be ironed and at what temperature is safe to do so.

Professional dry cleaning

  • Please follow the care code on the sew-in label.
  • For any Blackout or Thermal coated curtains or linings, we recommend dry cleaning in line with the ‘F’ symbol indicated on the care label.
  • After dry cleaning please ensure the curtains are dry and aired thoroughly before hanging them again.

Machine washing

  • Always refer to the care label before washing. Take care not to wash fabric at a higher than recommend temperature as this can damage the fabric.
  • Machine washable items should not be left on a spin cycle for too long, and should retain some moisture when removed from the machine, then hung whilst damp to help avoid deep creasing.
  • Printed and coloured fabrics should be washed separately from other products, using a colour care detergent. To avoid over-filling the machine, larger curtain panels may need to be washed individually.

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