This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

Remember when I needed curtains in the office?

Remember when I went to the store and paid $16.99 and bought these drop cloths and told you all about it?

Remember how I was all about them and their longness and their inexpensiveness and their linen look-alikeness?

Remember how you all had so many questions that I had to write a separate post just to try and answer them?

Do you know what one of the most asked questions was?

How to get the wrinkles out.

You know.  Those wrinkles.  The ones that show up when you unfold the dropcloth which has been folded up for months in a rectangle.

And when you shake it out—it looks a little something like this.

Yikes.

And this.

I could NOT get these wrinkles out no matter what I did.

I tried everything.

Here are my vain attempts:

1. Put them in the dryer with a damp towel.

2. Iron them.

3. Iron them with the steam full blast.

(total aside:  This method actually worked in small places.  But each drop cloth is 9 feet long by 6 feet wide and that is A LOT of drop cloth.  I ironed just one and it took me an entire Hallmark movie.)

4. Spray water on them.

5. Spray wrinkle release on them.

(total aside:  This was mildly successful.  Unfortunately, the wrinkle release was no match for the some of the hardier wrinkles.)

So I posted these pictures of the office and just photoshopped the wrinkles out.

And that’s fine for a picture.

But when you have to live with wrinkles every day?

When you walk into an office and all you can see are the CURTAIN WRINKLES.

It’s time for another solution.

Someone suggested steaming them.

Umm.

Brilliant.

I wish I could remember who suggested it so I could send them a thank you note and potentially name any other children I had after them.

Steaming was the answer.

Steaming for win.

I contacted HomeRight (my favorite place for all things home tool related) and asked about their steamer and if it would work on curtains and they said yes.

And then?

This showed up at my door.

The HomeRight steamer.

For some reason, I thought a steamer was big and bulky and I’d need to build it a closet just to hold it and all of its attachments.

But this steamer?

It’s lightweight.

And the attachments fit right inside the top lid.

And it’s so easy to use.

To start you’ll want to remove the steamer cap at the top of the machine.

I have one thing to add before I begin.

This is very important—READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING.  There are very specific instructions included on using the machine and warnings on the steamer cap and how much water to fill the steamer with.

READ ALL OF THOSE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

After you screw off the steamer cap, it looks like this.

Place the funnel into the opening.

Fill with the appropriate amount of water for the job.

Do NOT overfill.

Make sure you only put in the amount of water suggested by the manufacturer.

The steamer comes with a measuring cup to determine the right amount.

For example, according to the manufacturer, 40 oz. of water will provide approximately 45 minutes of steam.

Next, select the correct attachment for your project.

Then plug in the machine and press the off/on button to ON.

The red power light and the orange steam light will both turn on.  This indicates the unit is building steam.

Once the orange steam pressure light turns off, the machine is ready to use.

Please note:  if you have to refill the water tank after you use it—make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions for removing the steam cap.

Using the attachment, steam out all those drop cloth wrinkles.

It doesn’t take much.

The steam does all the work.

And that’s it.

It’s that easy.

Wrinkles today.

Gone tomorrow.

Thank you for your suggestions.

Thank you for your help.

And HomeRight?  Thank you for making all my wrinkles disappear.

Happy day friends. 🙂

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

All my opinions are my own.

Please see my disclosure page for additional information.

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Comments

  1. Image for Amy Amy

    I just bought a drop cloth at Home Depot to make slipcovers for some couch cushions. I threw the drop cloth in the washer and then dryer, pulled it out and it was wrinkle and fold line free. The Home Depot brand has a little grey color in the drop cloth, perfect for my project. So excited to finally do a drop cloth project as everyone has been buzzing on Pinterest forever about the joy of drop cloths. Thanks for all your inspirations, stories and of course brightening the world with red lipstick.

    1. Image for Mindy Mindy

      I've also washed and dried drop cloths to remove the wrinkles. I'm anal so I ironed them too, but I didn't spend much time on the ironing part.

  2. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Love my steamer. Best purchase ever for so many things. I love the attachment on that one though. Genius.

  3. Image for Carol@BlueskyatHome Carol@BlueskyatHome

    I love my HomeRight steam Cleaner, but I used it for cleaning the grout in my master bathroom marble floors. It did a fantastic job. Such a versatile machine. If I ever need to steam the wrinkles out of drapes, I'll remember to use it there too. Thanks

  4. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    KA- For steamers and for irons I *highly* recommend using distilled water for care of your machine. Tap water has mineral deposit traces, that, when heated and in time can spot your fabrics and potentially cut short the life of the machine. Love my steamer, but may need a lightweight small one like that one. Nice post. : - )

  5. Image for Terri Terri

    Karianne, your curtains look fantastic and this is just in time for my wrinkled curtains that we hung in two separate rooms. I washed them first, then spent a good bit of time ironing, but I still have those dreaded wrinkles. I love the idea of getting the HomeRight SteamMachine but at $150, it is a bit much for me for a one-time use. I noticed Carol used it to clean her grout. Does anyone have other project ideas this steamer can be used for?

    1. Image for Tonya Tonya

      Hi Terri. I use my steamer all the time. Works great on the slipcovers of my sofas and I also use it on my upholstered pieces when they need freshening. I’ve used it to remove stains on my rugs, a steam and air out will give dry clean only clothes (especially my husbands suit coats) will save you a trip to the cleaners, and works wonders on my glass shower doors. I’ve even used it to clean the inside of my refrigerator when I get into one of those crazy cleaning sprees. I was able to melt off any sticky stuff and it was spotless without having to remove any drawers or shelves. I have to say that hanging my curtains to remove wrinkles is so much easier than ironing and also is a great way to sanitize and remove odors between washing. Certainly worth the price, in my opinion.

      1. Image for Terri Terri

        Tonya, thank you for the great ideas! I have several pieces of equipment that I use every day and I'll be adding a steamer! I love the idea of using it on slipcovers/upholstery! We have some outdoor cushions that are begging to be spruced up also! Being unfamiliar with steamers, I had no idea they could be used for so many things! Thanks again for taking time to educate me about this!

  6. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    I love how you time things by Hallmark movies! That's so cute and a smart use of time. I love the steamer we have and use it several times a week. It's great for those silky looking (probably polyester/rayon) blouses...the kind you don't want to throw in the dryer and shrink. ...Or hang to dry which results in a zillion crinkles. Happy steaming!

  7. Image for Pat Pat

    I have a clothes steamer, which probably will work for drapes. But I was intrigued reading previous comments, particularly the one comment about cleaning the fridge, what a good idea, sanitizes and sounds easy. Thanks Pat

  8. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Steamers are wonderful! So are drop cloths... I've actually been mulling over making slipcovers for my 12 year-old sofa -- that's still in too good condition to toss -- out of drop cloths for quite some time now.

  9. Image for Joy Shanor Joy Shanor

    I really need to bite the bullet and make me a drop cloth shower curtain. I can't find one I like that is long enough so a drop cloth would be perfect!!!

  10. Image for Debbie B Debbie B

    Trish, a closer picture of no wrinkles, like where the bad ones were, would be better as she even states earlier "So I posted these pictures of the office and just photoshopped the wrinkles out" That far away shot doesn't show me anything. I have been eyeballing those steam cleaners and would really like to know if it really works or if it is slightly biased cause you got one for free

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