By The Clothes Doctor

Beware of Invisible Enemies

Wow! It was 2 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, but soon it will be time for spring cleaning. Time for drapes to be cleaned, and to ask questions about drapery cleaning. Why? Because damage to fabric or linings occurs to a small percentage of drapes every Spring- Even when cleaned by professionals.

“But my drapes are only 5 years old and my windows are tinted.” 

Unfortunately, these facts are often irrelevant! There is NO DEFINITIVE TEST to determine if fabric strength is adequate to sustain cleaning. “Pinch” testing or visual examinations are about 80% accurate- 20% WILL NOT BE DETECTED and too weak to clean! Sun’s rays, heat, and acidic atmospheric conditions are the invisible enemies- particularly the sun, which weakens fabric.

What should I do if I need my drapes cleaned?”

First, use a cleaner experienced in drapery cleaning.
Next, be sure drapes are pinch tested and inspected for visible damage.
Finally, talk about what will happen if damage occurs.

I.E. “Will I be charged for cleaning if damage occurs?,” “Will you repair minor damage?,” “Is there any guarantee?”

Read any release before signing. Communication and understanding risk before cleaning is the only way to deal with these INVISIBLE ENEMIES!