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Drapery Coating

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?

A: Draperies 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 fabrics apart.

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.

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 1/4/2016 2:32:22 PM