Caring for Your Curtains and Draperies

Your draperies are are exposed to all the elements of your home environment every single day of the year. Dust, sunlight, body oils (from being touched), pets, insects and so much more. In order to help your draperies look their best for years and years you need give them some special care.

One of the most important thing you can do at home to help your draperies last is to vacuum them at least every 3 to 5 months. This will significantly reduce build up and keep them looking their very best.

It is also important to understand the fabric of the draperies. Most fabrics used for draperies or their lining must be dry cleaned only. But between cleanings there is a lot you can do keep your draperies look fresh and help extend their life.

Here are few things to take into consideration

Sunlight

Constant exposure to the bright UV rays of the sun will weaken the strength of most fibers over time and can also cause varying degrees of color fading or streaking. First signs of sun damage may include hem threads. Later and more severe effects could include dry rotting of the fabric itself. Drapery lining, solar window tinting film and/or constant use of shades or blinds behind the drapery will reduce these negative effects of sunlight.

Shrinkage

Some shrinkage in draperies can be expected after cleaning if the fabric has not been completely preshrunk. In most cases, shrinkage is normal. Even in the event of significant shrinkage, draperies can often be lengthened by adjusting the hems.

Maintenance

Maintenance of your draperies involves routine vacuuming with the dust brush attachment on your household vacuum cleaner. Depending upon dust conditions, local construction, cooking habits, and other factors, you may wish to do this every three to four months.

Invisible Enemies of your Draperies

Today’s fabrics are lovelier and longer lasting than ever before, but each one has its own set of limitations based on the fiber content. There are various levels of quality and durability in all natural and man-made fibers.
In addition to the limitations of wearability of the fibers themselves, there are various invisible enemies which are constantly attacking the fibers of the material and affect the product life.

Humidity

Humidity will affect fabrics differently. Loosely woven fabrics may be most likely to show the effects of humidity changes by either shrinking or stretching.

Water Stains

Condensation on windows will occasionally cause drapery fabrics to become water marked. There is no guarantee that such water stains can be removed; however, in some fabrics, this can be accomplished.
 Check with Omaha Lace Cleaners, we can let you know what water stains can be removed and which cannot.

Cleaning

After months and months of exposure to dust, cooking or tobacco smoke residues, and other environmental pollutants, your draperies will need to be professionally and thoroughly cleaned. Dry cleaning is recommended for draperies and sheers. Some people prefer to have their sheers laundered rather than dry cleaned. In either case, they should be brought to a reputable dry cleaner, like Fashion Cleaners. We take special care to clean them according to fabric, wear, etc. Shrinkage is often a problem with draperies, and Omaha Lace Cleaners will take care and review your draperies carefully.  Most draperies should be professionally cleaned after 2-3 years (most sheers every year). Of course environmental circumstances and other factors vary, thereby affecting the recommended cleaning interval. Nevertheless, the investment you have made in your new draperies is worth protecting. The dividend will be years of enjoyment for your family and for guests in your home

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