Custom drapes are an investment so protecting them and making sure they look great long term is important. Enemy number one is the sun. To help with this, adding blackout lining and interlining will provide the most protection against the sun and elongate the lifespan of your drapery by creating a barrier between the harsh rays of the sun and the fabric.
Man-made fabrics or synthetic fabrics are generally more color resistant due to either the color being ‘built-in’ to the fiber, or the ability to take stronger more caustic dyes. As with anything, the darker and more saturated the hue, the more prone to fading it is. But even with the right lining, all drapery fabric is susceptible to fading/damage over time.
If you have a very wide window and the fabric you’ve fallen in love with will break the bank, consider decorative side panels instead of full drapes. Meaning, the drapes you select won’t completely meet in the middle and cover the entire window. They are meant to be stationary. But if you need protection from the sun consider adding blinds or shades that can be raised and lowered as need to block the sun. With or without blinds, you’ll still want to add a protective lining to your drapery.
How should I care for my drapes? This is a question I get asked quite frequently.
The best answer I can give is, “Let a professional take care of it”. With each drapery order from DrapeStyle, you will receive instructions on how to care for your drapes. You shouldn’t try to clean them yourself. You do not want to launder, wash or dry clean your drapes. Typical household cleaners can permanently damage the fabric. You should have your drapes professionally cleaned by a company that has experience with draperies. Not every dry cleaner knows how to properly clean drapes, so do a little research and locate a drapery cleaner so that you can protect your beautiful investment.
Vacuuming and dusting your draperies can help. Regular cleaning reduces the build up of allergens like dust mites, animal hair and dander, and may offer some relief to those with allergies or asthma. If drapes are touched often, natural oils in the skin can leave residue that builds up and attracts further dust. Without proper and regular cleaning, dusty and grimy window treatments begin to look dull and discolored, detracting from the beauty of the window or door that they cover. Regularly cleaning your window treatments prolongs the life of fabrics and keeps colors from becoming dingy.
Simply put; call a professional. You don’t ever want to launder or scrub your drapes or roman shades. The best way to care for your window treatments is to call a professional drapery cleaner who will take your window treatments down, remove the metal drapery hooks, have them dry-cleaned, reinstall the metal drapery hooks, and then return and re-hang for you.
Purchasing your drapes and roman shades from DrapeStyle is an investment. And one of the best ways to maintain the look and feel of your window treatments is regular cleaning. If you have any questions about how to maintain your window treatments, please contact us, and we would be happy to help you.