We purchased some curtains from Ikea. They are the kind that you hem to fit the windows.
This past week I washed them. They came out of the dryer like a great big, wadded up ball. I spent over an hour trying to iron a single panel. Finally I gave up and took them down to the cleaners, figuring they have the equipment to handle a much bigger job.
This morning we picked them up. It cost more to have them cleaned and ironed than it did to purchase them. They look substantially better, but they still have some wrinkles.
I told GLH that we weren't ever going to buy those type of curtains again. The fabric is too cheap. Obviously there is something strange about it that makes it impossible to iron straight.
GLH responded, "I don't know why you washed them in the first place."
I explained, "You cannot hem them before you wash them. They are likely to shrink."
Looking at me as if I am insane, GLH said, "They looked better before. You should have just hung them and left them."
I responded, "Eventually you will need to wash them and they will shrink. What would you do? Throw them away and buy new curtains instead of washing them?"
"Curtains don't ever get dirty. Therefore, you never need to wash them."
That is NOT the way we do things in MY house!