When dealing with delicate
fabrics such as curtains, the cleaning method it will go through should be
carefully considered. Some may opt laundry cleaning while others choose dry
cleaning. If the dusts are your only problem, it is best if you just vacuum the
curtains instead. Curtains are made of delicate and heavy material. By vacuuming
the dusts off, you will not have to worry about fabric discoloration and the
alteration of its texture, which occasionally happens with dry cleaning and
laundry washing if not done the right way. But if you value your curtains highly
and you are petrified to do the cleaning on your own, then choosing a
professional cleaning service is your best option. But the question is which one
of the two cleaning services will do the job efficiently and properly? This
article will help you evaluate the two options and make you decide what suits
your curtains best.
Before looking into the two
cleaning methods there are a few steps that you need to do. The following steps
1. Look at the label
Find the label of the curtain and see if it mentions what type of cleaning
method it requires. If it says DRY-CLEAN ONLY or LAUNDRY WASH ONLY, you must
follow it and not retreat to any other option. If it says LAUNDRY WASH or
DRY-CLEAN, it means it is the recommended method yet not the only method.
2. Study the fabric
If in case the label does not mention the cleaning method, study the fabric
instead. If it is made of delicate fabric such as silk, velvet, wool, acetate,
and taffeta among others, it is best if you bring them to a dry cleaning
service. On the other hand, fabric such as cotton, linen, cashmere and nylon can
be laundry washed.
3. Consider the embroidery
Some curtains have sequins and other embroideries. Make sure that these
detailing are sown to the fabric and not glued. Especially if you are
considering laundry wash, embroideries may come off if they are simply glued to
the cloth. If this is the case, you can take your curtains to a dry cleaning
service. It does not use water as its cleaning medium but heat and pressure
instead. This way it would not wash off the glue on the fabric.
Having said all these, let us
now weigh the two cleaning options and see what works for your curtains best.
This method makes use of water as its main cleaning medium. It is the best
option for fabrics that are softer, thicker, and less delicate. That is why
cotton, linen, and other fabrics of the like are best cleaned through laundry
washing. So if your curtains are made of such materials, this option is perfect
Stains are also removed much more effectively via this method. Since the water
penetrates the tiniest strands of fabric, it removes stains better. The only
downside of this is that it may cause the fabric to discolor and change its
texture; but, again, this is highly dependent on the material. Less delicate
material can withstand the process of laundry as compared to much fragile ones.
This method specializes on fragile fabrics. If your curtains are made of
materials that are delicate such as silk, wool, velvet, and others that were
mentioned above, dry-cleaning is what you are looking for. In this method, heat
and pressure is used and not water. This makes it a much more careful approach
as opposed to laundry.
Discoloring and changing of texture is not a problem in
dry clean method. However, taking the same garments too many times for dry
cleaning would eventually result the fabric to wear off. So it’s important that
you do not do this method excessively. It is recommended that the type of
garments you take to a dry clean service are those that are delicate such as
most curtains and those that you wear on special occasions which include gowns,
suits, etc. Everyday clothing is not advised for this method.
To conclude, the cleaning method
for your curtains is highly dependent on factors such as the label, fabric, and
detailing. Simply put, curtains made of less delicate material are best
laundry-washed while those that are fragile are best dry-cleaned.