You’ve made the initial investment and now you need to ensure your draperies are properly cared for. Allow Wagner’s European Fabricare to help you maintain the beauty of your window coverings. We offer removal of drapes, specialized cleaning, quick turn around times and re-installation. We also have the newest technology that provides your draperies with perfect pleating and are experts with all types of window coverings, including spring crest windoware! Labor and taxes are additional.
Did you know that atmospheric conditions such as moisture, sun exposure, humidity, second hand smoke and cooking fumes can deteriorate your window coverings and cause them to wear out more quickly than expected? Regular cleaning of your window coverings will help remove these pollutants and help your draperies last longer and look better.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your window coverings from aging prematurely:
- Take care when selecting the type of fiber your drapes are made of.
- If possible rotate draperies from sun exposed windows to rooms with less sun exposure, this will equalize the environmental effect on all your drapes, helping them keep their color longer.
- Make sure to select draperies that aren’t just attractive, but that are also well made.
- Remember that lined draperies posses a life expectancy of approximately 5 years, unlined draperies 4 years and sheer fabrics – roughly 3 years. It is important to understand that prolonged exposure to sunlight will also shorten their life.
- Make sure your draperies are preshrunk! Due to excessive changes in relative humidity, cleaning can cause shrinkage. If shrinkage does occur – drapery finishing equipment can be used to re-stretch the fabric to its original size.
- Keep in mind your draperies should be cleaned by a professional on a regular basis to extend their life.
Keeping your window coverings well maintained will help extend their life and keep them looking beautiful.
Window Coverings ~ What to Know
Draperies can be susceptible to a wide variety of problems, ranging from shrinkage and fading to stains and abrasion damage. Too often we only think of cleaning draperies after they’ve been framing our windows for a few years. Sometimes problems can develop over time while they are just hanging there, doing their job of beatifying our homes.
Because draperies are exposed to atmospheric conditions in greater concentrations and for longer periods of time than most garments and textiles, they can encounter a number of problems. Often these problems do not become evident until the item has been drycleaned or washed.
Some of the more common problems associated with draperies are damage due to light exposure; poor colorfastness; yellowing due to the deterioration of finishes or soil accumulation; water marks; shrinkage; abrasion damage; and deterioration of the coating or lining during cleaning. Some of these problems are a result of defects in manufacturing.
Others, however, such as damage due to light exposure, yellowing due to soil accumulation, water marks, and abrasion damage, can usually be attributed to circumstances of use.
What can you do to make your draperies last?
The American National Standards Institute’s Fair Claims Guide for Consumer Textile Products gives the following life expectancies for draperies:
• Lined Draperies: 5 years
• Unlined Draperies: 4 years
• Sheer Draperies: 3 years
• Fiber Glass Draperies: 4 years
How long a drapery lasts depends on the fabric type and density, finishes, window location, and length of use. But it also depends on their selection and the care they receive.
Here are some tips to help you keep your draperies looking great:
• To protect drapes against yellowing due to excess staining and soiling, clean the drape at least once a year.
• It is best that you have your drapes cleaned by a cleaner who is experienced in the cleaning of drapes and is knowledgeable in drapery problems.
• Protect drapes from prolonged dampness. Moisture from rain, leaky pipes, or condensation from window panes can result in water marks and mildew.
• If possible, rotate draperies periodically to vary the amount of light exposure received.
• Protect drapes from abrasion damage by avoiding constant rubbing on window sills or furnishings while in use. Abrasion damage can also be caused by a family pet snagging the fabric with sharp claws.
• Keep draperies away from the kitchen, wood stoves, or fireplaces. Smoke from wood stoves, fireplaces, and cigarettes; cooking fumes; and other atmospheric contaminants can contribute greatly to drapery soiling.