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As Spring is fast approaching, I decided to start the Spring cleaning in our Conservatory; it is just unbelievable how grubby it gets through the Winter. Whilst removing the net curtains from their runners I realised that they were really "Grey" as opposed to being a bright white. Normally I would just pop them in a bowl of water with a washing tablet and leave them to soak - usually works OK. This time it was different as I had been told of a product, made by Dylon, called "Dylon curtain whitener" which is for use as a Net curtain whitener - bet you hadn't guessed that one from the title had you? Incidentally according to the manufacturers blurb this can be used on Muslin and Voile equally well. So, the next time I was in the Supermarket a pack was duly placed into the trolley. I can't remember the actual price but I think it was around £3 or so.
So what did I get and what do you do with it?
It couldn't be simpler; I purchased a small box containing two sachets of this mysterious product. Each sachet containing 50ml of the product - what ever 50ml means! (I just don't understand, and have no desire to understand, this Metric rubbish). Each sachet is sufficient to treat 6 "Medium" net curtains - What size is Medium????????
According to the box, the product is suitable for either Hand washing or Machine washing - Good.
So how do you use it? Following the instructions on the box one proceeds as follows;-
Step one - Wash and rinse your curtains as per normal, so this I did, I always soak them in warm water, in an old Galvanised bowl, containing washing powder (Tabs or liquid seem ok), and then rinse well. You are now ready for whitening. I just left them to soak for half and hour whilst having a "Brew"... I then removed them and rinsed as per instructions and they were actually very clean and white already.
Step two - Add the contents of one 50ml sachet to 2.5L (expletive, expletive..... I live in England, what happened to pints??????) Sorry, not having a good day today... of COLD water. Immerse your nets and agitate a couple of times during the process, I left them immersed for about 20 minutes (Should have been 5 /10 but another cup of Char was the order of the day...), duly agitating as instructed. I found this extremely easy as I am an expert at agitating people, so net curtains were "a piece of cake".
After said immersion, simply remove the nets and allow them to drip dry, either outside or indoors according to the weather. Instructions suggest that they be re-hung at the windows whilst still a tad damp, so I just complied - years of training...
Well what was the result like? I hear you all ask with baited breath............... Brilliant - pun intended... The nets were a really sharp and brilliant white - No word of a lie. Once returned to position in the newly cleaned Conservatory they looked as Bright and clean as the day they were fitted - well if my memory is too trusted these days. Seriously, the curtains were really bright and really clean, I had no complaints at all.
Clearly, the comments above only relate to Handwashing, as that is the use to which I put the product on this occasion. However I feel quite sure that Machine washing would produce comparable results to this so would be quite happy to try it that way next time.
Some may find the process, as outlined above, slightly protracted but it isn't really. Anyway do you wash / whiten your nets every week? what's the odd hour here and there?
I think that this is an excellent product which does exactly what it promises. I have no hesitation in recommending it to all.