Curtains are the first line of defence against the dust and dirt from the environment, keeping the air clean and your family members healthy. They also play an important role in setting a the mood of a home. Too dark, and the atmosphere feels depressing. Conversely, letting in more natural light opens up the interior and lightens the mood of the occupants.
As such, it's a good habit to clean your curtains regularly, especially for light coloured fabrics that yellow easily. This post will guide you through the various options, including whether to wash it by yourself or find a curtain dry cleaning professional.
#1: Should I do my own washing or engage a curtain dry cleaning professional?
In most cases, you'll want to check what the labels say. For fabrics like cotton or polyester, you can find instructions on how to machine wash at the right temperature. Just remember that the same rules of not mixing colours and whites together still holds true, and ideally you'll want to wash your curtains separately.
In other cases where the fabric is more fragile, you may need to send it to a curtain dry cleaning professional instead. Materials like silk, lace and velvet will need special chemicals and handling techniques to properly clean.
#2: How much experience does the dry cleaner have?
Unlike conventional wash and fold laundry services, curtain dry cleaning is a specialised service that is best done by experienced professionals. Ask your dry cleaner about his expertise in dry cleaning your particular type of curtains, and if they have the right chemicals to use for the job.
#3: Is the curtain dry cleaning outsourced?
To save costs, your curtain dry cleaner may outsource the actual washing to another laundromat. You may pay more because of this, and still end up with an inferior wash. Ask your curtain dry cleaning professional if they do their own washing, and where their laundromat is located at.
#4: Is the curtain dry cleaning done in Singapore?
Even if your curtain dry cleaning professional has a dedicated facility, you'll also want to know if it's based in Singapore or Malaysia. While laundry services in Malaysia may be cheaper, the turnaround time is longer. And you wouldn't want to live without your curtains at home for any longer than you have to, right?
#5: Are there hidden costs involved?
Get a definite cost quotation on the dry cleaning service for your curtains. Usually, it varies by weight, size and material of the curtains.
Some curtain dry cleaning professionals may try to squeeze in surcharges and handling fees to the final cost. Others may not have the price list available publicly on their website. Before you confirm the order, always have a definite quote inclusive of GST, fees and any other add-ons.
#6: Is the dry cleaner responsive when you try to contact them?
If you need to contact your curtain dry cleaning professional, is he or she available to chat? Or does the call go unanswered frequently? Sometimes if you need to rush an order, it may be difficult to get hold of the dry cleaner. Or if you have last-minute cleaning instructions to inform the dry cleaner, before they start work on the curtains.
The bottomline is not to just go for the cheapest quote, but the one with the best value and service.
#7: Can the dry cleaner help take down and put up the curtains for you?
Dismantling and installing curtains is a tedious work, especially if you don't have much help at home. Some dry cleaners may offer to help with this for a small fee, which saves you time and effort. If your curtain dry cleaning professional is not willing to help do this at all, you may want to consider engaging another service provider.
#8: Does the dry cleaner offer pickup and delivery of the curtains to your home?
It's a chore to carry a bulky set of curtains to a laundromat. To help you out, a good curtain dry cleaning professional will offer door to door pickup and delivery. Ask if this is an option, otherwise you need to be prepared to make two cumbersome trips to the dry cleaners in the coming week.
Keep Calm And Laundry On offers quality curtain dry cleaning services at affordable rates. If you're looking for a great dry cleaner that meets the 8 criteria, or just get a non-obligatory quote for a cleaning order, give us a call at +65 9755 7119, or email our friendly team at firstname.lastname@example.org