Spring Cleaning: Drapery Cleaning A Few Tips for You
According to the Better Business Bureau, you should think about professionally cleaning your draperies every three years or so, and sheer curtains on an annual basis.
As a professional cleaner, I’ll also advise you to clean all your matching pieces together!
In other words, if your draperies ‘match’ your slipcovers or upholstery, it’s in your own best interest to clean them all at the same time; this will keep them looking uniform.
Also, if your draperies have been exposed to direct sunlight, they may have been subjected to sun damage. The sun has the ability to weaken (burn) the fabric, the same way it can burn your skin. It can affect the dyes (lightening color) and even weaken the fibers so they cannot withstand the agitation involved in a cleaning process. Sun damaged draperies are therefore very susceptible to shredding and tearing.
The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends annual cleaning for all carpets and area rugs. Given the type of use and abuse (kids, pets, spills, shoes, etc.) our floor coverings are subject to, this is generally good advice.
A final piece of advice – to protect ALL your decorative fabrics from the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun, keep your window blinds closed during the day when you are not at home.
If you have any questions or need our help with the cleaning of your home furnishings, feel free to ask us. That’s what we’re here for.