Your Ultimate Guide to Curtain Tracks: how to choose and care for them?

Curtain tracks are increasingly becoming popular. They help curtains hang directly from the ceiling, making the room look taller and adding a dramatic look for a WOW effect.Thus, when choosing curtain tracks, make sure to pick the best to support the curtains. So, how to care for them so that they don’t give out quickly? Take a look at our guide to caring and maintaining tracks and keep your curtains running smoothly for longer.

Why to choose curtain tracks?

If you are more interested in automation and ease, then curtain tracks are the best choice. They are relatively easy to install and maintain; putting up your curtains and going around corners will feel like a breeze. They are also versatile for all kinds of windows or spaces. The security they offer is also one more reason to choose this option. Even though they may come at an extra cost, they perform exceptionally and so it will be worth the money. When choosing your tracks, make sure to ask questions about how to use and maintain them. Also, make sure you are getting the most suitable tracks for your space.

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What are the types of curtain tracks?

Unlike curtain poles or rods, curtain tracks are not so visible and are made to fit behind decorative materials or blend into the walls. They use an internal tracking mechanism to makes them hidden from view. They can be uncorded, corded or motorised, and made with different materials. The type of track you’ll need for space will depend on factors like the weight and style of the curtain, and the size and shape of the window. Other factors include the location and span of the installation.

Metal or Plastic Curtain Tracks?

metal and plastic curtain tracks
Shop for metal or plastic tracks

The metal tracks are suitable for hanging up heavy curtains and come with a protective coating of Teflon. The surface on metal tracks is supposed to ensure a smooth, quiet glide when the curtains are drawn. So the purpose of care will be to maintain this feature. The plastic tracks will work for not so heavyweight curtains. They are usually made with PVC and are great for bay windows. Maintaining both these tracks involves cleaning it regularly to get rid of dirt. To keep the smooth glide on the metal ones, use lubricant spray once in a while or when you notice some resistance or noise when drawing the curtains.

Corded or Uncorded Curtain Tracks?

Corded curtain track

Corded tracks are perfect if you’re trying to keep your curtains in good shape for long. That’s because of the cord on the side of the curtain with which to open and close them. That means there will be minimal contact with the curtains, prolonging the life span. To maintain this type of track, you’ll have to be gentle when handling the cords. Otherwise, you run the risk of breaking them.

Also, ensure that they are secure against the wall to prevent children or others from running into and damaging them. The cords should be soaked in soapy water or a nappy cleaning solution overnight and left to dry. The tracks themselves will need thorough cleaning regularly to keep them running smoothly. The uncorded version is quite more straightforward and should also be cleaned regularly to keep them working smoothly. They can be cleaned based on the material used.

Motorised or Electric Curtain Tracks?

Electric curtain tracks are convenient to operate. They are managed using a remote control, which is perfect for those who cannot access their windows. Maintaining them involves ensuring there is power for them to run on, so replace worn-out batteries in the remote regularly to keep it functioning. Also, ensure that there is nothing to block the tracks from smooth movement.

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How to care for curtain tracks to prolong their life?

1. Purchase from a trusted seller

The first tip to having long-lasting curtain tracks is to purchase from a trusted seller. Poles and Blinds have stock of high-quality curtain tracks that will last you a long time with minimal effort for maintenance. They also come in various sizes, shapes and modes of operation to fit the different purposes that exist. The materials mostly used for tracks are metal and plastic. Metal is usually more durable and resistant to external conditions. They can take on heavier curtains and be sized using a hacksaw. Plastic is more lightweight but still durable enough to hold light curtains.

2. Check the tracks regularly

Maintenance also starts with checking the tracks regularly. Take some time to observe the tracks to check if they are well functioning so that you can catch any possible problems. A few things to check include screws, brackets and dust or dirt. Fasten all loosened screws and replace the old ones if need be. When it comes to dust and dirt, use a brush to clean the nooks and cranny of the tracks gently. You can also use a damp or dry cloth to dust them off until they’re clean.

3. Choose the right type of curtain track

Another useful tip is to choose the right type for your windows or spaces. That will prevent the tracks from unnecessary pressure that will cause them to fall apart in no time. You may have to take measurements of the area where the tracks will go to make sure they fit. Most of the tracks can also be customised to fit the space. Apart from that, the curtains you use should also be appropriate for the track. Another thing to do is to keep your tracks from excessive manipulation. Be gentle when using them to prevent frequent wear and tear.

How often to clean curtain tracks?

Making sure your curtain tracks last long takes a conscious effort, especially with how you handle them. How many times you should clean them will depend on the type that you use. We recommend clean the curtain tracks thoroughly every 3 months, while making random checks in between to make sure they’re not on the brink of damage.

Poles and Blinds has a wide collection of quality tracks and window furnishings, go to our website and contact us to help you create a beautiful space.

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