Draperies are one of the most misunderstood home decor fabrics and
salespersons have little information on their maintenance. So, with a shrug, they
suggest, “Just let them hang!”
First, home maintenance. There are three things to remember here, vacuum,
That’s about it, and it is quite important. Draperies collect airborne soils, (dust, lint
& pollen) as well as smoke and oily vapors. Also, insects love to take up residence in
them. This is what makes regular vacuuming so critical.
But what about cleaning, is it really necessary or should I just let them hang?
If you have a significant investment in your draperies you will DOUBLE their life
with regular cleaning every 12-18 months).
Let’s get a bit technical and consider another type of soil. It consists of oily,
airborne vapors that come from cooking, wood stoves, furnaces and the like.
These soils combine with humidity and form a dilute acid which slowly dissolves
seams and causes bleaching a effect from sunlight. Regular cleaning neutralizes and
removes these soils.
Can I clean them myself? Sorry, but usually no. Also, special finishing techniques
must be used to give them that “decorator fresh” look. Remember if you “Just let them
hang”, you may be cutting your drapery life in half. Have them cleaned regularly by a
certified professional cleaner.
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