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How to Whiten Polyester Curtains

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By Phyllis

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my white polyester curtains have become grey looking after many launderings. what can i use to whiten them again. even though they are old (about 20 years or so) they are still in perfect condition except I cannot seem to get them white. thanks

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my white polyester curtains have become grey looking after many launderings. what can i use to whiten them again. even though they are old (about 20 years or so) they are still in perfect condition except I cannot seem to get them white. thanks

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my white polyester curtains have become grey looking after many launderings. what can i use to whiten them again. even though they are old (about 20 years or so) they are still in perfect condition except I cannot seem to get them white. thanks

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

To white synthetic fabrics, you need the power of an oxygen-based bleach. Do not use chlorine bleach which can actually ruin the fabric. The easiest way to get them clean is to fill you washer with cool water and an oxygen-base bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) following package directions. Completely submerge your curtains and allow them to soak overnight. Drain the washer and check to see if the curtains are as white as you would like. If so, wash as usual. If not, mix a new solution and soak again overnight. This should do the trick! Good luck!

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