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How To Clean Stage Curtains

With 20 years of experience in producing stage drapes, we are experts in the textile community. We share our expert advice on how to clean and maintain your drapes properly.

Purchasing new stage curtains and drapery is an investment.  In this post, we will give you our professional advice on how to ensure they are kept and maintained properly, ensuring you get the most out of your purchase.

Regular maintenance will help extend the life of your curtains, differing slightly, dependent on the fabric and style you have.

Cleaning

Cleaning your drapery will keep the dust away, helping them to looki pristine for longer.

All our fabrics are finished with a flameproof retardant so it is important you maintain this. Be careful to not disrupt the fire-resistant property when cleaning the fabric.

Natural fabrics that have been topically treated are best professionally dry-cleaned. They will use a dry solvent solution that will not impact the flame retardant.

Synthetic fabrics that have treated can be professionally cleaned or laundered. Dependent on size of the panels, smaller lighter piece can be washed at home or at a laundrette (larger drums).

Wash lights and dark fabrics separately and be sure to use the “delicate” or “hand-wash” options on your machine at a cool temperature. We would recommend hanging to dry, rather than tumble drying to help keep the original shape maintained.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your drapery will help extend their life and keep them looking immaculate.

  • Inspect for holes or damage (At least twice a year)
  • Inspect for tears and repair immediately
  • Use a soft bristle brush to remove dust from fabric

Storage

If you are storing the curtains in-between performances you need to ensure you store them correctly.

Improperly stored curtains can be spoiled, badly wrinkled and subject to mould or insect damage.

Use a drapery bag, canvas hamper or bag.  You need to allow for the fabric to breath and plastic bags or wraps can disrupt this.

Fold the curtains along their width and roll them, this helps minimise wrinkles and damage. Store in a ventilated, cool dry area.

Make sure you allow for hanging time prior to using them again, giving at least a couple of days.

For more information about how to care for your curtains, get in touch with the team here.