drapery maintenance

The Importance of Drapery Maintenance

In Drapery, Maintenance & Cleaning by Specialty Drapery

You have bought your dream home and then spent a fortune on having it furnished and fitted exactly as you wanted it. Now comes the hard part; the maintenance. In order to truly reap the rewards of all your expensive consumer durables, furniture, upholstery and artwork, you need to maintain them and follow the recommended care instructions for each one of them.

One of the most expensive items in your home is the fabric in your window treatments. You need to take special care when it comes to their maintenance and cleaning. Include dusting the curtains along with your other regular chores in your cleaning routine. Dust your draperies regularly when you dust around the house. This will help to prolong the life of your draperies. Once every few months, clean the sofas and curtains, using the special brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. At least once every three months, ensure that the curtains, upholstery and draperies are cleaned with your vacuum cleaner and also engage a professional to clean your draperies once every 3-5 years. In the case of blinds, regular dusting will keep them clean.

Professional Dry Cleaning

When you engage a professional to clean your draperies, you can be assured of a thorough professional job. You don’t want to compromise on the cleaning and maintenance of your expensive window treatments, as it can make or mar your home. Before you start the cleaning process, check for the manufacturer’s recommendations. Depending on the fabric, you can then determine on the best cleaning process. Some delicate fabrics might need to be dry cleaned or require special professional care. In such cases, it is better to get your expensive draperies cleaned by a professional than risk ruining them.

Many fabric experts recommend dry dusting to remove accumulated dirt, dust and fine soil that can settle on your fine draperies. Depending on your fabric, you can also place them in your dryer and run the dryer for about 30 minutes, without heat. This will give them a thorough dusting that will almost equal that of a professional cleaning. All the gathered dust would have been set loose by the dryer; now, all you have to do is shake out your curtains and let them air a bit. This can be done several times a year to maintain your draperies as good as new.

Suppose you notice some dirty spots on your draperies. You might be tempted to clean the spot right away, dabbing it with a wet cloth or a napkin dipped in some cleaning solution. Instead of just cleaning the spot, remove the curtains and clean the whole thing. This will avoid the rings which would show up if you do spot-cleaning.

At Specialty Drapery in Richmond, Virginia, we are aware of how much the right window treatment can add to the aesthetic appeal of your home. We have been offering complete and comprehensive services for window treatments since 1967, from measuring and having your draperies custom made to delivering them to your doorstep. We even ship across the country and around the world. Call our window treatment professionals today to schedule a consultation or stop by our showroom to see the largest selection of window treatment options in Richmond.