Did you ever sit and wonder what might be the dirtiest item in your home? That's right! It happens to be your curtains. Because they gather dust and mould spores from the air that flows between your windows, they also absorb moisture, harbour odours – including cooking smells and attract pet fur and germs and even certain insects.
Bacteria: Studies have shown that potential dangerous bacteria can thrive on curtain fabric, spreading to anyone who touches the curtains. These bacteria include the notorious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In your bedroom, one tends to draw the curtains every morning and evening which results in transferring harmful bacteria.
Viruses: Curtain fabric may even be contaminated with certain viruses that live long enough outside a human host to infect someone who touches the fabric.
Mould: Mould doesn't need light or air to reproduce in damp, dark places – making the wet Cape winters an optimal time for mould growth. If mould reproduces in an enclosed space, serious health problems, such as allergic reactions and even death, can occur.
Synthetic fabrics are generally resistant to mould growth, but silk, wool, cotton and linen can all act as hosts. Look out for a thin layer of white, black or bluish-green fuzz or speckles on the fabric.
We therefore advise clients to regularly clean their curtains. Ideally, aim to have your curtains professionally cleaned a couple of times a year or more if you have small children or live in an area subject to high levels of pollution.
For all your curtain or upholstery inquiries, please contact our store which stocks a wide range of the latest trends: