Draperies often have large yellow or tan rings after drycleaning. What causes this problem? A:
Many drapery fabrics have sizings or finishes applied during manufacture for stability, luster, and desired hand. Drapery fabrics accumulate water soluble soils during use. If moisture from rain or window condensate contacts the fabric, the soils and sizings are disturbed. As the moisture evaporates, the soils and sizings migrate to the outer edges of the wet area and a ring is formed. The rings may become more apparent once the item is exposed to heat in cleaning.
Since the stains are best removed with water, draperies with this type of damage may benefit from a professional wetcleaning process. There is the possibility of shrinkage and a change in color or texture from this process, so the customer needs to be informed of the risks before proceeding. For More Information
Topic of Information (TOI) 678 in the DLI Drycleaning Encyclopedia offers information on on-site drapery cleaning.
TABS 329 offers information on water marks on drapes.
TABS 394 offers information on yellow streaks on drapes.