Wendy asked: How do I iron faux suede curtain panels? My new faux suede curtain panels have been hanging for a week, and still, the folds/creases are as visible as the day I took them out of the package. The care instructions say to dry clean only, so I’m wondering if I can steam them. Would it help if I steamed from the backside?
It’s easy to remove wrinkles, even from heavy or dry clean only fabrics with the help of this innovative product. As always, be sure to spot test in a hidden area before you begin.
You Will Need:
Steps to Remove the Wrinkles:
- Hang the fabric on a sturdy hanger or rod in a place where you can access it easily. In the case of curtains, you can work with them right on the rod if it will take the weight of light pulling.
- Spray the faux suede with Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Follow label directions for use and application. (Downy Wrinkle Releaser is indicated for use with dry clean only fabrics.)
- While the fabric is still moist, pull on it gently and smooth with your hands to remove wrinkles.
- Allow it to air dry.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the wrinkles are pronounced or difficult to remove, you may have better success by tumble drying the curtain panels in a cool dryer for a few minutes. Use the wrinkle releaser on the curtains, then partially dry in the dryer one panel at a time. Remove the panel from the dryer while it’s still damp, hang and smooth wrinkles out. Allow the piece to finish air drying.
- Steam irons have been met with mixed success on faux suede. Although they have proven successful with steam only (no contact with the iron), in some cases, they have flattened or changed the nap of the suede. If you choose to steam your faux suede, be sure to test it first in a small or hidden area.
- If the nap of the faux suede changes, try using a suede brush to revive the fabric.