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    A customer living in a very old house has had a water leak in her loft which unfortunately ran down internal walls including some interlined curtains I made for her a few years ago. The fabric was a Voyage linen/woollen tapestry one. The curtains have nearly dried, but unfortunately it looks as if they will be left watermarked. The lining can be replaced but I wondered whether it was worth taking them to a dry cleaners to see if it was possible to clean the face fabric?

    Has anyone experience of this type of damage to recommend how best to try and restore/clean them?
    Louise


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  • #2
    Re: Water damage to curtains

    Hi Louise

    You will need to take advice from a specialist dry cleaners and you should also expect shrinkage and a bill for well in excess of £100, if not double. She'd be better off putting an insurance claim in and it's damage caused in the home.

    Philip
    Have you registered your business yet?

    http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


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    • #3
      Re: Water damage to curtains

      Thanks - she is hesitating to claim on the insurance as they had a large claim a few months ago when they were broken in to and burgled...... I guess she can ask a few local dry cleaners for a price/advice then decide how to proceed.
      Louise


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      • #4
        Re: Water damage to curtains

        Hi Louise,

        might not be your customers 'shop' but I gather that Morrisons are doing half price on cleaning curtains just now, but saying that I doubt that anyone there would have a clue as to what to do.......forget it I think !!!!!!!

        Enid

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        • #5
          Re: Water damage to curtains

          Hello Louise,

          I recently had 3 pairs of interlined curtains cleaned. Two cleaners refused on the grounds that the curtains had watermarks and were damaged by sun. They said they were worried they'd collapse in the machine. I took them to a lovely Chinese dry cleaner who said the same things and that they would shrink but was prepared to give them a go if I signed a disclaimer. He was right on all counts! The watermarks did not come out but they did shrink. . . . . . . Most cleaners will give you a price per sq/m with an additional charge for interlined (or quilted, as my lovely man called them) curtains!

          Sorry, I don't hold out a lot of hope.

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          • #6
            Re: Water damage to curtains

            Would it not be possible to dismantle them,overlock the raw edges, and then get them cleaned? The linings are going to have to be binned anyway, so it's a waste of effort cleaning them. Perhaps they'd then come under a different pricing scale, if the word curtain is not said in the cleaners. They would be just lengths of fabric.

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            • #7
              Re: Water damage to curtains

              The price would be cheaper if the interlining was removed but the watermarks still didn't come out and my 151cm shrank by 1" and the 223cm shrank by 1.75".

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              • #8
                Re: Water damage to curtains

                Thanks all for going to the trouble of providing such detailed info and advice. it doesn't sound promising, but at least I can now base my 'advice' on facts........I am going to see the curtains next week so hopefully a decision will be made then.
                Louise


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                • #9
                  Re: Water damage to curtains

                  Hi,
                  Some specialist dry cleaner come to the client's house and take the size of the curtains. They take the curtain clean them and bring them back without any shrinkage. It is worth knowing a good specialist cleaner.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Water damage to curtains

                    What a nightmare situation

                    The only specialilst cleaners I would contemplate using would be Pilgrim Payne

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                    • #11
                      Re: Water damage to curtains

                      I agree with you Tam. The other one would recommend in London is the Cadogan company.

                      Natasha.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Water damage to curtains

                        Thanks for the recommendations - I have been in touch with Pilgrim & Payne and they have been very helpful - and they cover this area geographically.

                        I have an appointment with the client on Tuesday so I will let you know what she decides, and if we use Pilgrim & Payne, how it turns out.
                        Louise


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                        • #13
                          Re: Water damage to curtains

                          Just back from the client and happy to say the damage is not too severe. If anything, only the lining needs replacing as the fabric design, colour and weight hides the mark. There is a slight watermark on one small area but it is only visible if you examine the curtain closely. I think the whole experience (fused electrics, water running across a ceiling (in the roof) then into the room over the phone socket and window, for 7 hours before discovery) was very upsetting and quite emotional for her. Now the decorations, lighting, carpets etc. are dry and restored she feels a whole lot better about it.

                          Thanks everyone for your advice and also for recommending Pilgrim Payne who we will not be using this time but I will definitely be keeping on file!
                          Louise


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                          • #14
                            Re: Water damage to curtains

                            Phew!

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