How to Handle Smelly Curtains

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Whether it's from cooking odors, pets, smoke, or another source, your curtains can quickly begin to smell unpleasant. Never fear; a fresher, better-smelling home is only a quick clean away! The Bloomin' Blinds team is here with a few tips.

Use the Washing Machine

One way to remove odors from fabric curtains is to simply toss them in the washing machine! Read the label on your curtains and follow the washing and drying instructions carefully.

If your curtains are made of a delicate fabric, you may want to take them to a professional cleaner instead.

Steam Cleaning

Another way to remove smells from curtains is to steam clean them. You can either rent or purchase a steamer and do this yourself, or hire someone to do it for you.

Again, take care with delicate fabrics to avoid damaging them.

Use a Dehumidifier or Air Purifier

If your curtains are smelling musty, it may be because the air quality in your home is poor. In this case, using a dehumidifier and an air purifier can help to remove the odor.

Place the dehumidifier in the room where the curtains are located and turn it on to remove some of the moisture from your air. Finally, an air purifier will help to remove any lingering odors. Place it near the curtains and let it run until the smell is gone.

Vinegar and Lemon Spray

If you want a natural way to remove smells from your curtains, you can make a vinegar and lemon spray. Simply mix equal parts water, white vinegar, and lemon juice in a spray bottle and spritz it on your curtains. Let the curtains air dry for best results.


Finally, one of the best ways to prevent odors from accumulating in your curtains is to ensure that there is good ventilation in your home. Open windows regularly to let fresh air in and help to remove any odors that may be present.

You can also try using a fan to circulate the air in your home and prevent odors from becoming trapped.

Professional Blind Cleaning

In need of a thorough, professional cleaning? Call on the Bloomin' Blinds team! Our experts will remove any dust, debris, and lingering smells, leaving you with a fresh set of blinds. Find a location near you and schedule your appointment today.