Removing Water stains on drapes

thumper_3July 2, 2010

We are moving out of a rental in two weeks and I just discovered large water stains on the bedroom drapes. The drapes are deep red / maroon and backed with black out cloth so are very heavy. I've looked on line and most sites say the stains are impossible to remove but one said to soak them over night in water with 1/2 cup table salt per gallon and then rinse and hang to dry. I have no idea but would imagine these are dry clean.... so I don't think I should soak them. Or can I? I really don't want to pay to have these replaces as they appear to be custom.

Thnaks for any input

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You are in a dilemma.
Soaking dry clean only drapes is liable to shrink them. I would offer to pay to have them dry cleaned. It might be cheaper in the long run.

On second thought, your landlord should have told you not to leave the curtains closed all the time. The water is probably from condensation on the window in winter. With them closed all the time it creates a cold zone behind them, but not as cold as the outside. Ice or just condensation on the window has no where to go and can't dry up because it is away from the heat. This can happen even with new airtight windows.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2010 at 9:47AM
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My experience is that bits of dust combine with the moisture leaves an impossible-to-remove stain from fabrics. You may want to risk dry-cleaning. All I can say is good luck, lets us know what you do.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2010 at 3:24PM
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