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Cleaning Draperies, Bedspreads and Comforters

February 21, 2011

We know that creating that special ambiance in your home took time.
Whether your home furnishings are custom-made or off-the-shelf, to prevent damage from the sunshine and humidity in Boston’s summers, all household items need a
thorough cleaning from time to time to extend their useful life. That’s
where we come in.


draperies behind a lampSarni Cleaners clean and restore a lot of draperies. With proper
care, draperies made of an average grade of fabric can be expected
to last three to five years. A higher price does not necessarily
mean that they will last longer than less expensive draperies.
The greatest concern with draperies is the conditions they are
exposed to in your home. That’s why we carefully examine and evaluate
them before undertaking any cleaning procedures.
  • Sunlight can discolor and weaken fabric resulting in a shredding of the drapes after a cleaning process.
  • Exposure to moisture and humidity from rain, window condensation,
    leaks, or pet stains can cause dye bleeding and stubborn water rings
    that may be impossible to remove.
  • If the fabric has not been properly preshrunk,
    dry cleaning, laundering, or wet cleaning can cause shrinkage.
    Manufacturing industry standards allow two to four percent shrinkage
    in household fabrics—a significant amount on a ceiling-to-floor length
    drapery. Loosely woven fabrics or those made of rayon and acetate blends
    are more susceptible to shrinkage. Separate linings, on the other hand,
    may not shrink at the same rate.
  • Insulated or reflective coated backing may degrade to the point that some of the coating actually comes off.
  • The combined effects of age, moisture, light, heat, smoke,
    and other atmospheric soils can cause fabrics to become permanently
    discolored. Unfortunately, even with the greatest precautions, after
    draperies and other fabric window coverings are cleaned, existing
    damage will some times become evident. For this reason, we discuss
    possible results before cleaning and require customer consent prior to
    undertaking any requested service.

Bedspreads and Comforters

Sometimes we are asked to clean bedspreads and comforters simply
because of their size. Other times it’s because the care instructions
read “professional care is best.” Save any care instructions, as they
may be on a temporary label or on the packaging instead of being
attached to the item since care labels are not required on household
items. We strongly suggest that all matching or coordinating items
are cleaned at the same time. This way any color changes, however
minimal, will be uniform. Whatever the circumstance, we double check all
available information and examine the fabric and construction before
beginning any cleaning process.
Sarni Cleaners of Greater Boston is dedicated to helping you maintain the beauty of your draperies, bedspreads and comforters. For more information or if you have any special needs, contact us at 800-727-6475.


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