Two thirds of NCCA members provide a curtain cleaning service. Many offer the choice of on-site cleaning or a plant cleaning service.
The growing variety of unusual fabrics makes it important that your curtains are cleaned by someone who knows fabrics and understands how curtains are constructed.
Cleaners specialising in plant cleaning will first provide you with a costing - sometimes over the phone if you have the necessary information to hand, but more often after a visit to your home or premises to inspect the fabrics and assess the work involved. The site visit enables the surveyor to check for UV damage or fabric weakening from sunlight and to recommend appropriate action.
The cleaner must decide whether the curtains require dry cleaning or washing. Most dry cleaning processes immerse the curtains in dry cleaning solvent inside a dry cleaning machine, but fabrics sometimes, particularly if they are fragile, respond to bench cleaning with an external dry cleaning unit, enabling the qualified technician to observe what is happening as the fabric is treated. This method may also be appropriate where, for example, a large bay window has ornate or complicated multi-sectioned pelmets with swags and tails.
The specialist cleaner will not only check the fabric and the construction before cleaning, but also, as part of the finishing process, will ensure that all removable stains have been treated and that the cleaning process has been as successful as expected. Clients are reminded that curtain cleaning is refurbishment, not renewal. If you leave curtains in place for years without attention it is extremely unlikely that they can be cleaned to an as-new condition. As always, common sense must rule.
Sometimes, the main requirement is to remove accumulated dust on the headings, and there are NCCA members that offer this on-site service. In many cases noticeable spots and stains will also be treated. The range of services offered by NCCA member companies is far greater than can be offered by local high street dry cleaners, so it pays to contact your local NCCA member whenever you need curtain cleaning.