2 Pass and 3 Pass Coated Blackout Materials Washing Instructions
Many curtains and draperies are unnecessarily dry cleaned. A regular soft brushing or careful vacuum cleaning will generally keep curtains looking bright and new for many seasons.
If dry cleaning does become necessary, BE SURE TO USE A PROFESSIONAL DRY CLEANER. Coin-operated machines can harm the lining and face fabric, as well. The following procedures are recommended by the INTERATIONAL FABRICARE INSTITUTE.
Note: Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for proper care and cleaning of all face fabrics.
1. Inspect draperies for labels that recommend special care. Classify them for cleaning method.
2. Make sure the draperies have been measured before cleaning. Pass information to finisher.
3. Remove all drapery hooks and/or pins. Inspect for any sharp objects attached to draperies or in machine and remove.
4. Run underweight loads. Do not overload.
5. Give a short run without adding moisture:
Note: Always use new or freshly distilled solvents, especially when dry cleaning flame-retardant fabrics. Use of dirty or contaminated solvent may cause the material to lose its flame-retardant qualities.
6. Give normal extraction.
7. Tumble dry. DO NOT EXCEED 120° F (50° C) TUMBLER TEMPERATURE!
8. Hang immediately. Do not leave in hamper.
Caution: If draperies are cabinet or air dried, do not place the coated side over the bar – place the fabric side over the bar. If the drapery is damp with solvent or water and is folded so that the coated side comes in contact with itself, the fabric may self-stick while drying and then shred or tear the foam when you try to separate it.
When dry, re-hang the draperies and allow to condition at room temperature for a few days. DO NOT IRON THE ACRYLIC COATED SIDE OF THE LINING and only use a light, cool iron on the fabric side if necessary.
This is for lining fabrics only. For face fabrics, check the fabric manufacturer’s recommendation for washability. Only smaller curtains should ever be attempted for washing.
Loosen tape draw strings (if any) and remove all hooks.
Follow curtain fabric care label recommendations where given.
Use mild detergent or soap flakes. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
Ensure that the flakes or detergent are dissolved fully before immersing the curtains.
Do not rub acrylic foam areas. Squeeze gently.
Use hand hot water.
Rinse thoroughly. Detergents left in the curtains can cause severe deterioration to certain face fabrics.
Do not use bleach in any form.
After washing, shake curtains to remove excessive water. Do not wring out or squeeze.
Hang curtains on a suitable bar or line, from the heading, to drip dry full length in open width. If curtains have to be placed over a line, ensure that the line is well padded to avoid a permanent crease, and distribute the weight evenly.
Caution: When draperies are air dried, do not place the coated side over the bar or line – place the fabric side over the bar or line. If the drapery is damp and is folded so that the coated side comes in contact with itself, the fabric may self-stick while drying and then shred or tear the foam when you try to separate it.
When dry, re-hang the curtains and allow the condition at room temperature for a few days. DO NOT IRON THE ACRYLIC COATED SIDE OF THE LINING and only use a light, cool iron on the fabric side if necessary. Check manufacturer’s recommendations for washing and ironing of face fabrics.
Warning: Shrinkage is more likely to occur if curtains are washed. Adjustment for shrinkage may be necessary by un-picking and re-tacking hems.