Q: I was inspecting a drapery panel
with a white coating on the reverse side of the fabric when I noticed some
areas where the coating was missing. What happened?
of this type are made by adhering a film of acrylic or other synthetic
substance to the back of a fabric. These fabrics are usually very durable but
the coating may be weakened by exposure to sunlight or age. In some cases, the
coatings are not applied correctly during the manufacturing process.
If the coatings are weakened, they may blister and
separate during washing or drycleaning. The damage usually appears in the
pattern of light exposure that the item received while hanging at a window.
Improper handling also can cause damage to coated
draperies. The draperies can be drycleaned or wetcleaned according to the
manufacturer instructions. In either case, do not overload the machine because
the fabric needs to tumble freely. Self-sticking occurs if items are
overextracted or left in the tumbler while warm and the coated fabric contacts
itself. Keep temperatures below 120 degrees Fahrenheit, fold cloth to cloth, and hang the items
immediately after drying.
If self-sticking occurs, place the area on the buck
of the press and lightly steam to moisten the fabric. Then gently pull the
Finish coated fabrics by placing the coated side of
the fabric on the buck of the press. Use normal steaming procedure for the face
fabric. Allow the coated fabric to cool completely before folding.