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“Hi there. it’s Carl here from Clean My Carpet, Cleanmycurtains.ie. We’re onsite in Balbriggan, in North County Dublin today. We’ve been here for gosh, I think six and a half hours there or thereabouts, doing some curtain cleaning in the drawing room of Hampton House in Balbriggan.

So, as I’ve been saying, we’ve been here for six and a half hours. We have very large, about- what am I? I’m six-foot. So, 12, 13-foot high curtains. And they are a polyester curtain with a synthetic lining and an aluminium back, basically. So, in terms of technical know-how, no solvents. Or if solvents are being applied, very little and indirectly, so that they can be rinsed immediately out.

About three hours into the clean-up, it became apparent we had a soot problem at the upper levels because there’s an open fire in the room. So, we needed to basically adapt the method. We would ordinarily do a low-moisture method, after thorough vacuuming for curtains like these.

We’d usually vacuuming and then towel dry, basically removing about 95 percent of any soiling that’s got to be in curtains. And a little bit more. And we’ll give a final wipe-down, as of that leaving pretty much spotless curtains.

One of the big things about curtain cleaning is allergy removal. And our HEPA filter vacuums will do that. They will remove dust and allergens so that that will immediately improve the air quality in the room. People kind of don’t really think about that aspect of- it will immediately improve the air quality in a room, because if you’ve got dusty curtains, you’ve got people coming in and out of the room and drawing them, and closing them, you’re going to put dust into the air, and you’re in the room, you’re going to see your eyes getting a little bit irritated, and your nasal passages, and that as well.

So, the products that we use on curtains are completely Eco-friendly. They’re organic and in fact, will have broken down and be completely inert within six hours. These are dry. So, it’s inert now. They’re a colloid cleaner which I won’t go into now. We’d be awhile.

So, we came in. Basically, we started to do the big drop in the window over here. And worked our way back in and through the room. This single drop took about two hours, maybe a little bit more, and that’s two – so four hours of work. And that will involve in or around two hours of vacuuming, maybe a little bit more vacuuming to remove all that dry soiling. Vacuuming the front and back, getting up onto the panels and swags. I’ll give you an example. We have very big panels and swags in the room and very big curtains. And they didn’t have the panels and swags attached. The curtains would essentially just look a little bit too long and pencil-like and would look a little bit silly in the room.

So, they have swags and panels on. These new trims have just been put on. There was a small one and the owner has an interior designer in the house who’s picked a good fringe to go along the curtain to contrast well. The lovely reds and golds – they’ve got a little bit of purple and that kind of stuff in the curtain itself.

So, as I said, it’s a polyester fabric. So, you’re not really going to risk shrinking curtains with a water extraction when they’re polyester. However, there’s a backing in these where if that was- gotten wet that would shrink and shrink permanently.

Now we have several professional companies in Dublin who are quoting and performing carpet cleaning, who have shrunk curtains by 15%. Now with drop curtains, this size, 15 percent drop is going to be in or around a foot off the ground. So, you have these curtains shrank, they’re going to literally, come up about a foot off the ground and that’s going to pretty much shrink all the way up, all the way across. And it’s going to be uneven and bunch.

So, with our method, we- we’ve employed two methods here. We did the indirect method, where we mist our colloid cleaner on and then we realize, because the soot issue, we’d need to steam extract or steam clean – hot water extract – the upper parts of the curtain.

Now I did a video to demonstrate how that tool works and how it controls moisture so that you eliminate the risk of causing any damage to the curtain. And putting a lot of water on these curtains is perfectly – well, putting a lot of water and immediately extracting all of it out – is perfectly fine, because of the type of fabric.

If these were a silk, or a cotton, or a linen, if you put a lot of moisture on them, you’re going to get a lot of shrinking, because the organic fibres will absorb 50 percent of their weight in water. It’s like when you put a pair of jeans in the washing machine. You put them on after they’ve been washed, they’re tight. So, if you put a lot of moisture into an organic fibre, you could essentially ruin the curtain.
With the synthetic fibre as well, there’s no risk of dye bleeds because of the way they’re manufactured. They’re dyed in a specific manner where the plastic of the polyester is dyed in a long string. It’s manufactured with the colour in it. So, there’s not actually dye in it. It’s manufactured with the colour in it, so the fibre is that colour. It’s hasn’t been dyed. So, you’re not going to get any dye-bleed.

However, you might get a little bit of shrinking on the fringe. So again, back to the Sapphire tool that we use on the curtains – very strict moisture control. A lot of technical know-how to be able to do that sort of stuff because if you came in and did that with the wrong fibre, you’d absolutely ruin something that’s quite expensive. And we’re talking high, five-figures for curtains like these. So, that’s pretty much it.

Carl here from Clean My Carpet, Cleanmycurtains.ie, onsite in Balbriggan doing curtains in the drawing room of a beautiful house out here. If you would like to ask any questions, or make an appointment, give us a call on 01-2530640 and have a look at some of your curtains, please feel free to use the numbers on the website or email info@cleanmycarpet.ie or info@cleanmycurtains.ie. Thank you for watching the video.”