Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of cleaning drapes?
Cleaning drapes has the major benefit of removing dust, pollen, pet hair, and other tiny irritants that tend to build up and cause allergies. It gets rid of grime and germs from cooking smoke and outside pollution, and makes the drapes look and smell better.
How should you clean silk drapes?
Some people successfully clean silk drapes on their own with a gentle hand-wash in lukewarm water and a mild detergent, and then air-drying them. However, because of their delicacy, most prefer to send silk drapes to be professionally cleaned. You should not machine-wash silk drapes, nor is it always safe to have them dry cleaned.
What chemicals are used for in-home drapery cleaning?
The chemicals sometimes used for in-home drapery cleaning are the same ones as in dry cleaning. For people who are sensitive, there are cleaning services that use only non-toxic and environmentally safe solutions, and services that use cleaning powder instead of spray. There are also steam-cleaning services that mainly use water.
How long does an average drapery cleaning take?
Drapery cleaning takes a few hours on average--perhaps a day if you are getting multiple drapes cleaned in your house. If you are bringing the drapes to a cleaner, expect it to take the same amount of time as when you bring clothes in to be dry-cleaned or laundered.
What type of drapery requires professional cleaning?
Most types of drapery require professional cleaning, including silk, wool, and cashmere. Any drapes with accents or decorative details also should be professionally cleaned. Even polyester and many other premium synthetics require professional cleaning because of certain features of the material--e.g., it shrinks or loses its pleat with DIY cleaning methods.
How much does it cost to clean drapes professionally?
It costs between $60-$100 to clean one set of drapes professionally, but most companies encourage people to clean all the drapes in the house at one time, and offer a discount for multiple sets. Services that come to your house to do the cleaning often have a minimum--typically $150, which is approximately the cost for getting two sets of drapes cleaned.
How often should drapes be cleaned?
Drapes should be cleaned once every six months to a year if sheer, and once every one to two years for thicker material--depending on how exposed the drapes are to sunlight, smoke, and other things that can cause wear, like pets or children. Clean curtains more frequently--once every three months. If you have blinds that can be wiped down, do so every couple weeks to remove dust.