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    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 16th Mar 16, 9:28 AM
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    Help me to get the 'swish' back in my Swish curtain rail!
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:28 AM
    Help me to get the 'swish' back in my Swish curtain rail! 16th Mar 16 at 9:28 AM
    After some DIY, including new plaster on the ceilings and painting, my swish curtain rails have lost their swishiness.
    I have cleaned them but they are still sticking badly. I am constantly having to hook the curtains back up in places as you really have to yank them when opening and closing them.
    I'd be happy to get rid of them but as they are in a bay window I don't have any other affordable alternative.

    I have looked online but can't find a solution. Preferably something which doesn't cost me a penny
    Thanks in advance for all the helpful replies.
    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These
    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 16th Mar 16, 9:32 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:32 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:32 AM
    Cotton wool and a bit of nail polish remover.

    Nail polish remover contains acetone which dissolves plastic (guessing its plastic) if you use it sparingly it should level out and remove most stickyness. Wash down with water after.

    It does dissolve plastic so be careful! try it on one of the the little clips first to see.

    Alternatively a more safe way would be something like WD40, works well at cleaning plastics and its a lubricant.
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    • lovinituk
    • By lovinituk 16th Mar 16, 9:36 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:36 AM
    A thin coating of Vaseline should do the trick.
    • AimingForBetter
    • By AimingForBetter 16th Mar 16, 9:48 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:48 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:48 AM
    Tip I was given by a curtain maker is a little spray of furniture polish on a cloth and wipe along the track will make it run smoothly.
    • flipper_72
    • By flipper_72 16th Mar 16, 9:58 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:58 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 9:58 AM
    silicone based furniture polish does the trick, I did my dad's while he was on holiday once and he couldn't believe the difference, he had been inching them open closed
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 16th Mar 16, 10:15 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 10:15 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 10:15 AM
    All my rails are swish and over 40 years old. You cleaned them and that would have removed the traction so no swish. I just take a cloth soaked in polish and run it over the back and front of the rail and that will sort it out.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Mar 16, 10:16 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 10:16 AM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 10:16 AM
    Cheap furniture polish is often used to 'lubricate' things that you don't want oil to get near to. Really cheap stuff....
    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 16th Mar 16, 2:21 PM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 2:21 PM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 2:21 PM
    Thanks so much for all the suggestions.
    As most of you have suggested furniture polish I will give that a go and report back. And in true MSE style, the one I have is dirt cheap!
    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These
    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 16th Mar 16, 2:28 PM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 2:28 PM
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    • 16th Mar 16, 2:28 PM
    Silicone based cleaner. Best one is a quick spray of WD40 onto a paper towel, and then lightly run along the rail.
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    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 16th Mar 16, 3:11 PM
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    Thanks. Missed the bit about the silicone based. Just used cheap polish and they are so much better. Might give WD40 a wee go on my upstairs ones and see which is best.
    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These
    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 16th Mar 16, 3:42 PM
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    Reporting back that I used the WD40 upstairs and it was so good that I came down and did over the downstairs ones too with it. Definitely if you have WD40 hanging around it is much better than the polish, although the polish did work okay.
    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These
    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
    • princessjasmine
    • By princessjasmine 9th Aug 18, 2:25 PM
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    Reading this with great interest as having the same issue. Going to try WD40 later! Thanks Rosie for your tried and tested methods

    After some DIY, including new plaster on the ceilings and painting, my swish curtain rails have lost their swishiness.
    I have cleaned them but they are still sticking badly. I am constantly having to hook the curtains back up in places as you really have to yank them when opening and closing them.
    I'd be happy to get rid of them but as they are in a bay window I don't have any other affordable alternative.

    I have looked online but can't find a solution. Preferably something which doesn't cost me a penny
    Thanks in advance for all the helpful replies.
    Originally posted by rosie383
    Working in Marketing for one of the big four supermarkets.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 9th Aug 18, 2:54 PM
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    Reading this with great interest as having the same issue. Going to try WD40 later! Thanks Rosie for your tried and tested methods
    Originally posted by princessjasmine

    WD40 fixes most things, except my wonky knee
    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 10th Aug 18, 1:19 PM
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    Whoever bumped up this two year old thread deserves a huge thank you! For the first time for four months I can close my bay window curtains without having to stand on a step ladder and swear a lot.
    What a brilliant lot you are.
    Silicone spray sorted the problem out in five minutes
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 10th Aug 18, 1:24 PM
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    WD40 fixes most things, except my wonky knee
    Originally posted by Farway
    As the old saying goes ...
    If it should move WD40 mends it,
    If it shouldn't move, gaffer tape is what you need

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    remember you'll have less joy in your life


    ...but still have the same amount of snow!
    • Emptynester
    • By Emptynester 12th Aug 18, 11:32 AM
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    Another thank you for the recent bump to this thread. Yesterday I got round to putting some WD40 on the track in the bedroom and the difference is wonderful.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 12th Aug 18, 1:09 PM
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    WD40 fixes most things, except my wonky knee
    Originally posted by Farway
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=wd40+arthritis
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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 12th Aug 18, 4:40 PM
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    WD40 fixes most things, except my wonky knee
    Originally posted by Farway
    Try Cod Liver Oil. Or ...
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    • Arthur494
    • By Arthur494 1st Sep 18, 10:51 AM
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    WD40 of course. But you can also turn the track upside-down and bring the unused channel into play.
    • Ukdodger
    • By Ukdodger 2nd Nov 18, 2:57 PM
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    WD40 is oil based. I'd be wary of using it on plastic. Silicone polish or silicone grease would be my choice.
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