Cleaning for the most part is
the removal of dust"
Cleaning drapery is a very easy
and inexpensive service to perform.
Our clients are being
told that our primary
advantage, is that we can
clean the drapery while we are
in their home, without
removing the drapery from the
First Rule Of Drapery Cleaning
Water Or Water Based Products Can Never
When cleaning drapery
it is important to understand that shrinkage or
"warping" can easily happen if water is ever
used on drapery. Only solvent cleaning agents
should be utilized with this service. The number
one liability when cleaning drapery is that
water would be applied and the drapery would
shrink. In our companies history we have many
times seen drapery that has shrunk as much as a
foot because another company tried to clean them
with a water based product.
***As a last resort we
will offer a client for us to use Prochem fine
fabric shampoo with the water element
substituted with a mixture of 1 part water 1
part neutralizer . In this scenario we
would ask the client to release us from
liability before attempting this strategy.
O.M.S Your Primary Cleaning Agent
Our customers are expecting an
advanced service that will be convenient
and safe. The primary cleaning product you
will be using for this service is a product
called Oderless Mineral Spirits or "O.M.S" .
This product is excellent because it is a pure
solvent and it evaporates very quickly. OMS is
actually the "base" product used for most of the
professional drapery and upholstery solvent
cleaners sold by your supply houses.
Because 90% of our challenge is just removing
dust from the drapery, we do not need to use an
expensive drapery prespray for the dust removal
part of the service.
What we recommend, is that you purchase one
gallon of a great drapery prespray (Or a high
quality upholstery pure solvent cleaner) that
you can have on site to treat any real problem
areas that may exist. And you will find these
are usually just small areas on the drapery. So,
a gallon of the expensive stuff will actually
last you quit a while.
But for the rest of the drapery, OMS will be
more then sufficient to do the job. You can
actually purchase OMS at home depot.
For the most part OMS is
very safe to use in the clients home, however a
couple of precautions should always be followed
to ensure we do not apply OMS to other surfaces
during the cleaning.
Always be sure to
put a plastic drop cloth under the drapery
while you are cleaning
This can be purchased at
any hardware store very inexpensively.
always be very careful to
not get the O.M.S product
on the windows or walls while
you are cleaning.
Removing Dust Often Creates Dramatic
Our procedure calls for
you to spray a fine mist of OMS over the
drapery. (With a professional hand pump sprayer)
And then simply vacuum the OMS off with a hand
piece. The results you achieve
with our procedure should be
excellent. In allot of cases while you move the
hand piece over the fabric you will see a
different color tone almost as if you are
painting the drapery while cleaning it. You
should not have a problem getting
a fantastic result for
The O.M.S product we are using is simply a safe
form of moisture to allow the extraction of the
dust that has collected on the fabric. Only a
fine mist is necessary for effective cleaning.
This product dries usually within 30 minutes to
an hour and. The key to wowing the
client is having a clean
professional appearance to
your entire service. Make sure all
equipment is clean and presentable and
always ask the client to view
your work as you move from window to
about Pet Stains?
By far the
most common stain you will see on drapery is pet
urine stain on the bottom of the drapery. If you
experience this do not attempt any additional
treatments without having the customer sign
a waiver releasing us from damages. If the
customer is willing to release us from liability
we can attempt a urine
Neutralizing Foam Technique:
(See procedure on the right side of page)
Because this involves a water based product,
call headquarters for assistance in these
situations. A Service Manager will talk to the
client personally for you to ensure we have zero
liability if we attempt anything beyond our
standard service .
Remember: Water based products
can easily shrink drapery.
reduce your vacuum.
As a general rule, try to minimize the vacuum
that your truckmount is using. This cleaning
procedure requires very little vacuum for
effective cleaning. If you have a portable
extractor, this is also very effective.
A technique some of our
National Service partners use, is to take a 3
foot section of vacuum hose and drill 3 large
holes in this small section to use as a vacuum
reducer for drapery jobs.
While an upholstery handpiece can be used for
effective cleaning, we do recommend that you
purchase a drapery hand piece at your first
opportunity. This special drapery hand piece has
perforated holes to limit the "pull" on the
drapery during cleaning.