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Old 06-24-2013, 07:32 AM   #1
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Curtains washable?

On our 2004 fifth wheel, we wondered if the curtains are machine washable? Anybody try it?

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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Really depends on how much sun they've been exposed to. I'd stick with hand-washing/soaking. The curtains in mine pretty much came apart in the wash, they all have holes in them. Same for the cushion covers, especially the top of the dinette backs, because they got sun through the window.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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I washed dried and hung my curtains back up with no problems. The cushion covers i removed and washed in the bathtub then hung them outside to dry. I did 'fluff' the cushion covers for about 10 mins inn the dryer.

Everything turned out perfect.

(i'll post a pic in my gallery in just a couple of mins)
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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Curtain survival is related to age and sun exposure

When the curtains are in otherwise decent condition I have them dry cleaned and refolded, haven't lost any yet.

Can't say that for washing, more than one set has come out of the washer in about a bazillion pieces.

Same for cushion covers. Dry cleaning is expensive, but cheaper than replacements.
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As others mentioned age will play a big part in how well they will wash but most items if not to to old will survive a washing machine on cold water only and only if the machine has a hand wash or gentle cycle and you use a product such as Woolite as the soap. Hang them to dry - the use of a drier will break down the fabrics far faster than the washing process will.
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If they look as cheap as mine they probably won't make it thru the wash.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #7
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Plus they are likely to shrink if put in the dryer.....
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:28 AM   #8
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Original curtains in a Scamp are simple panels. If you wash them and they fall apart, they're easy enough to replace... if you sew. And, it's an inexpensive way to personalize your trailer!
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:35 AM   #9
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they're easy enough to replace... if you sew.

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Original curtains in a Scamp are simple panels. If you wash them and they fall apart, they're easy enough to replace... if you sew. And, it's an inexpensive way to personalize your trailer!
Not a problem.....
Google "Cafe Curtains" or "24 inch Length Curtains" and, for even shorter curtains, look at "Valance Length". I'm not so keen for the "Hello-Kitty" and the "Star Wars" patterns, but there are a lot to choose from that will look great in an RV.

And there is always "iron-on" hem strips if ya gotta shorten them.

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I washed mine with good results. And hung to dry. Mine is an 82 Scamp so the fabric is likely different. I would imagine they have also seen a lot of sun. I can't say if they are original, but everything else was when I bought it so I'd guess they were (plus they look 1982-ish. If that makes any sense).

Curtains from a newer popup that my sister and I shared came out of the wash MUCH shorter and narrower....very different fabric.
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