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Cleaning Draperies on Location

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Why would anyone ever clean draperies as they hang in your house?

A better question might be why would you ever send them out to a dry cleaner.

In all my years as a cleaner rehanging drapers that have been dry cleaned, I have never seen a single time when they were cleaned in a plant when they didn't shrink. Draperies are made of natural fibers in most homes we work in. If you goggle up drapery fabrics, Mechanical sealing you will find some rayon/poly blends, but 90% are silk and cotton or silk.

When these two fibers are exposed to moisture they will shrink. The second reason they need to be cleaned in your home is that the ceiling treatments can not be taken down. They are permanent and Mechanical sealing are not made to be removed. In many cases they are stapled to cornice boards.

Draperies are often folded in elaborate patterns that no one will be able to duplicate once removed.

The best way to keep draperies looking great is to periodically vacuum them pleat by pleat. You will need three items to complete this task:

1 – a vacuum with that has a moderate amount of suction that will remove the dust without disturbing the pleating

2 – an attachment that will allow the drapes to be vacuumed without pulling them into the vacuum hose

3 – a safe step ladder.

If you have these tools, Ceramic disc you are prepared to remove the dust that is the biggest source of soiling on draperies. The dust should release easily unless it is combined with other home environmental residues.

These residues are why you might need a professional cleaner.

Cooking oil for example, combined with the previously mentioned dust, create a whole new soil, that wont come out with simple vacuuming.

We clean draperies using two vacuum cleaners. The first is a backpack HEPA filter that removes the bulk of the dust on the draperies.

We then apply a cleaner that suspends the soil. The suspended soil is then extracted. The machine is vented outside.The machines we use have the absolute correct pressure because they are specifically designed for drapery cleaning.

Harry Edenfield owns Restoration by Fabric & Tile Masters in Jacksonville Florida..

Harry also authors the blog <a website where he gives information on a variety of topics related to stone counter tops, carpet, upholstery, porcelain and ceramic tiles, water damage restoration and mold removal. Harry is also a member of the IICRC, the Marble Institute of America, and is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida.

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