This blog will cover:
- Should I try to clean my extra-large curtains myself?
- How will a professional clean my extra large curtains?
So, I shall start with a question I realized is asked a lot when you find your curtains are soiled.
1. Should I try to clean my extra-large curtains myself?
You can attempt to do this yourself but ask yourself this:
- Do you know what you’re doing, and have you got the facilities to clean them? Curtains aren’t cheap, and if you ruin them, they will be far more expensive to replace than let a professional do it in the first place. It’s good to remember, a decent set of large curtains can cost anything from £200 upwards.
- Do they say Dry Clean Only on the label? Generally, if they say this, it’s because the fabric of your curtain is delicate, and a professional will know what to do to prevent further damage.
2. How will a professional clean my extra large curtains?
If you would still like to attempt the clean yourself, the next part about how a professional will do it may help. The best way for me to answer this is by sharing what we at Art of Clean do. Sometimes seeing how its done can help you to follow the process yourself.
Whats happens first:
Art of Clean will ALWAYS do a free of charge quote first, when you book the quote an email will be sent straight away to you with our terms and conditions on. To make the process run smoothly we will ask that you have a read before we even come to do the quote.
If you would like the curtains to be taken away on the same day we would need the quote and terms of conditions to be signed for before we take them. This process is important as curtains hanging for a long time in direct sunlight can weaken which could lead to a few problems in the washing.
So we would come and collect the curtains Our sister company’s ‘Farthings Cambridge and Farthings Trumpington’ do the clean, but our part of the process is to help with the collection to help our customers curtains and once cleaned we will even bring them back and hang them again.
We know how much of a hassle some extra-large curtains can be, so we like to offer the help when we can.
And now for the 7 Steps to Farthings Curtain cleaning:
Step 1 – Initial Inspection.
The start of the process will be to examine the curtain. We will pay extra attention to the after-care label as the recommended cleaning process is essential.
This step is also where we will take any concerns the customer has and any repairs needed to make sure the curtains look all new again.
If no care label is found, we will discuss the best way to proceed with the customer.
Step 2 – Pre – Treatments
Any marks that have been found in the initial inspection will now be spot treated with the most modern methods of stain removal that we do.
So that they don’t damage the fabric, they will try spot stain removal to a certain point. If there is an issue, they will contact the customer.
Step 3- Cleaning Process
At Farthings, they offer several options for the cleaning process. The size and type of fabric will depend on the method they use.
They use traditional dry cleaning, wet cleaning, machine washing, hand washing, F cleaning, and Ozone Treatments.
They will go through this with the customer when they book the clean.
Step 4 – Hand Finishing
Once the garment has been cleaned, they will steam and press them.
They will double-check all stains that they spoke about on the day the curtains were booked in. at the start, and if further cleaning is needed and can be done, this will be when it’s done.
Step 5 – Final Inspection
They will inspect the curtains again once steamed and pressed. Any information we need to pass down to the customer, like stains being stubborn, will be noted down.
If needed, they will ensure all repairs and alterations have been carried out.
Step 6 – Packaging
Once ready, we will package them to ensure they stay clean until hung.
If you have opted for Art of Clean to help, they will be returned and hung once an appropriate time has been arranged with you!
How long will it take to clean my extra large curtains?
The length of time it will take will depend on a couple of factors:
- If they are just a standard clean it will take 7 working days.
- If they are blackout curtains we ask for 3 weeks as the process to clean them will be different.
If you would like to see the different types of curtains we clean, check out this blog:
Edited and Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing
For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please don’t hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901549 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Farthings Cambridge provides our Dry Cleaning service.