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Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Natti321 Stinky and beware washing!
This is for the thermal crepe curtains in tilled soil (a chocolate color). I really liked these curtains at first, despite their smell. They darkened the rooms pretty good and they have a beautiful, sturdy look to them. However, they smelled pretty bad (I think it's the foam backing). I figured that they would air out after a few days, so I hung them up. Days turned into weeks, and then into months. They still smelled horrible, especially when I had the windows closed.
So I washed them, just as the tag says, in COLD water. When I pulled them out of the washer, they were all wadded up and stuck together. The foam backing had become sticky, sticking to itself. As I tried to gently pull the edges apart, the foam would rip off, making the blackout feature ruined (when you hold them up to the light from the front, you see the light come through wherever the foam had come off). I also noticed that there was a subtle white residue in some places in the front of the curtains, no doubt also from the foam backing. Keep in mind this is BEFORE I put them in the dryer. I decided not to dry them, if COLD water did this to them. Maybe it was my soap? I use regular Tide. If it was, the label should say to use a certain type of soap.
If you don't mind the smell they're great, but keep in mind they WILL NOT air out over time. Maybe dry cleaning would work but that's not in the directions and it may not get the smell out. Well, I had bought 12 (yeah, do the math) of these panels so needless to say I was very disappointed. They are basically ruined and I have to find new curtains now.
November 21, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TulsaBill Thermal drapes keep our home warm
After winterizing our older single paned widows (e.g. caulk any leaks), we decided to add these drapes to create a better thermal break from the cold outdoors. What a difference it made! Granted it's not the same as replacing our old windows with more enegy-efficient double-paned windows but it really helped keep the room warm.
In summary, these drapes would work well for anyone looking to either block out the cold or heat, depending on the season.
January 3, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CTX2 Yes, they stink.
I have to be honest I didn't buy into any of the reviews that said these smell funny - but alas -- oh they smell alright and it's a weird smell at that. It's been about 3 weeks and many, many short doses of febreeze and my living room finally does not smell weird upon entering it - or I've just gotten use to it. They look very nice and they do the job and my A/C finally now does not run non-stop. So if you can wait out the "stink stage" of these curtains - they look nice and work well.
May 18, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Great until you wash them
I have purchased from the Martha Stewart line before and was very excited to receive these. They were delivered quickly. However, they smelled horrible when unpacked. In fact, we couldn't stand to be in the bedroom with them as they "aired out." The second day I washed them as directed and the foam backing cracked and peeled to make a big mess. I was extremely surprised at the low quality and returned with no hassles.
September 20, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by PeterR Decent curtains, but too expensive
These are decent curtains and I haven't had any problems with them, but you can find equally good curtains for a much better price (these were $32.87 at the time of writing the review). I would look else where.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SurfinMB2 Glad I didn't listen to other reviews
Other reviewers commented on an overwhelming odor and complained about the wrinkles. I purchased 12 panels for my bedroom that has many east facing windows and gets direct sunlight. I did not notice any smell at all and they were folded very nicely in the package. The 95" length was perfect for the rods I already had and the tabs on the back slipped right on. I think the color is a nice neutral shade of creamy yellow. A couple of the panels have tiny flaws in the backing, but, for the money, I feel they are a great deal. Sure does block the heat.
April 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by McMomma Great Buy
Looked at many other stores for curtains to match custom made valences. These were perfect! They were the perfect color and didn't look cheaply made. They even help block the light and heat in our new babies room which is a great bonus. Plus the best part was the great price!!
September 20, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by redhead Color not what the picture shows
These curtains are not at all the color they they appear to be. They are very yellow
September 14, 2013