How Do You Clean Curtains?

2) Dry Cleaning?

  • Traditional Dry Cleaners immerse drapes in harsh dry cleaning fluids at high temperatures which cause shrinkage and fabric distortion.
  • Drapes are often stretched and pressed to attempt to restore original shape and form.
  • Delicate drapery fabric does not stand up well to heat, pressing and harsh chemicals.
  • The result - degraded fabric which will never regain its original shape and look.
  • Tassels, trim, silk, wool or have a blackout lining, they will be ruined with just one
  • cleaning.
  • Further a chemical reaction often occurs with existing flame retardant, can cause
  • permanent staining.
  • Majority of dry cleaners are still using perchloroethylene (perc)- classified as a Group 2A carcinogen and linked to Parkinson’s.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are being phased out of use in the US, due to its known detrimental effects on both humans and the environment.
  • A lack of viable alternatives, perc is still widely used.
  • Drum diameter of a dry cleaning machine is quite small compared to the size of stage drapes
  • Cannot effectively remove the residual perc and unevenly removes the flame retardant, leading to the stains shown below.
  • Further, the residual perc stays in the drape until it is hung in the school or theater where the VOC’s then off gas into the air, exposing children to a known carcinogen.
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