How Much Does It Cost to Have My Drapes and Curtains Cleaned?

Drapes and curtains, like everything else in your home, get dirty over time. Periodic cleanings keep your home free from dust and allergens, and they preserve the life of your curtains.

If the drapes are dry-clean only or you’re worried about damaging them, it’s probably best to hire a professional cleaning service. Some cleaning companies pick up the drapes to clean them off-site, while others clean the drapes right in your home or outside in a cleaning truck. You can have just some of the drapes cleaned or opt to do them all at once.

Curtain and Drape Cleaning Costs

Most cleaning services charge $70-$120 for each set of curtains, but many offer discounts if you have multiple sets cleaned at once. The price varies based on the material of the drapes, the level of pleating, the type of cleaning and your geographic location.

  • Cotton curtains and drapes usually cost $65 to $95 for the first set and slightly less for each subsequent set.
  • Linen drapes run about $70-$100 for the first set.
  • For silk drapes, budget $80-$120 per set.
  • Polyester drapes cost about $60-$90 per set.

Most cleaning companies have a minimum fee - they probably won’t come out for a single set of drapes. If you’re looking to have only one set cleaned, or to save money, consider bringing the drapes to a cleaning service yourself, rather than having a service come out.

Also, keep in mind that any stubborn stains will increase your total bill. Removing mold and mildew from curtains might cost you $150 per set. If you can help it, don’t wait until the drapes are visibly dirty to have them cleaned.

Cleaning Methods and Frequency

Some drapes can be hand washed, so you can tackle the job yourself if that’s the case. Read the label before washing and follow the directions. In most cases, the manufacturer will suggest washing the curtains in cold water and hanging them to dry. Many types of curtains will also require ironing.

The frequency of cleaning depends on your environmental conditions and cleanliness habits Do you live in a damp area? Do you smoke? Do you live in a high-smog area and often leave the windows open? For most people, every 2-3 years is enough. Regular vacuuming and spot cleaning can also reduce the frequency.

Author: Ashley Smith

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