There is a bewildering array of curtains and curtain fabrics. There are also many types of constructions and component materials in curtains. That’s why it’s important to learn how to clean curtains to achieve the best possible finish.
Some curtains, like basic net curtains, can be quite successfully washed at home and then hung to dry if the spin cycle has not created creasing in the fabric. This can sometimes be rectified by careful steam ironing, provided you have the space to do this.
Other curtain cleaning jobs can be a job for a specialist curtain cleaning company. One with a dedicated curtain cleaning plant to look after your valuable curtains. Choosing specialist curtain cleaners can be a challenging task…………..there are very few of them around.
When it comes to cleaning curtains there are two main ways of doing this, water based laundering or solvent based dry cleaning.
Most curtain fabrics other than net curtains and voiles require dry cleaning by a specialist company. Most local dry cleaners are not geared up to do this in a way approved by fabric manufacturers. Manufacturers generally state that fabrics may shrink by 5-8%, so, unless your maker has pre-shrunk the fabric prior to manufacture (this is uncommon) shrinkage may occur. You need to find a company that offers a non-shrinkage guarantee. Only use a company with a long history of successful specialist curtain cleaning and quality assurances to protect your valuable curtains.
Some people choose to take down their curtains and deliver them to a local non-specialist Dry cleaner, then re-hang them themselves. This has often led to horror stories of ruined curtains and excessive shrinkage.
Far better to entrust your cherished curtains to a curtain cleaning company that offers a full take down and re-installation service so that the finished results are of the highest standard. Choose a company with a dedicated plant (ask to see the plant to weed out the cowboys who just take your curtains to a local dry cleaner) and a proven history of delighting their customers. Pilgrim Payne is such a company and is also an Industry Partner to the B.I.I.D (British Institute of Interior Design).
Always use a company that will visit and give you a free written estimate. Avoid companies that give estimates over the phone. Many of these will then add on extra charges after the goods are taken away. Select a business that gives free advice and, if possible, use a company that will let you speak to a manager at the end of the re-installation to ensure you are delighted with the results.
If you follow this advice you will look after your home and protect your investment in your curtains.