Untitled Document General Care Instructions
  • Most of our products require only limited care. Please remember that constant washing and dry cleaning will reduce the durability of fibers. Often a simple air fluffing in your dryer will sufficiently extract the dust from your curtains or bedding, and your product will last a lot longer.
  • Dry clean only if so specified.
  • When machine washing ...
    -100% Cotton
    For best results, wash in cold water to reduce shrinkage, and hang on the line to dry. Fringed curtains can be tumble dried on the no heat cycle to fluff the fringe. Iron Cottons while still damp.
    -Polyester
    All cotton/polyester blends as well as the 100% polyester are a joy to launder. Machine wash cold and dry on the delicate cycle. Use non-chlorine bleach. Remove from dryer immediately upon the end of the cycle. Polyesters may be hung directly; the blends may require a touch up with a warm iron.
    -Stencils and Hand-Painted Curtains
    Machine wash cold, delicate cycle. Use mild detergent. Line dry. Use warm iron on reverse sideif needed.
    -Laces and Sheers
    The more cotton your lace or sheer products have, the more careful you'll need to be when washing them. You may want to dry clean them, or you may machine wash on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent and no bleach. We recommend line drying, and re- hanging at the window while they are still a little damp. You may need to stretch them a bit to restore the desired width and length.
    -Insulated, Foam Backed Fabrics
    Insulated curtains with an acrylic foam backing should be presoaked in cold water for a few minutes to protect the backing. Wash with a mild detergent on a gentle cycle in cold water; do not use bleach. Line dry without the foam backed sides of the fabric touching. Avoid extreme heat when caring for your foam backed products. Because of the bonding process, insulated curtains must never be dry cleaned. Iron only on the fabric side with a warm iron.
    -Bedding
    Use a large capacity washer and dryer. Dry clean if so specified.
  • Using and Caring for Roll-Up Shades
    Our lined roll-up shades are made from the same fine fabrics used in many of our curtains. Because the material is free from lamination, it remains soft. Roll the shade up evenly to avoid wrinkles; press out any wrinkles with a warm iron.

    To clean the lined shade, dismount the shade from the window, completely unroll it, remove the plastic grippers, and slide the shade off the roller. Dry clean, and then reverse these steps to remount the shade.
    -Lined Roll-Up Shades
    Our lined roll-up shades are made from the same fine fabrics used in many of our curtains. Because the material is free from lamination, it remains soft. Roll the shade up evenly to avoid wrinkles; press out any wrinkles with a warm iron.
    To clean the lined shade, dismount the shade from the window, completely unroll it, remove the plastic grippers, and slide the shade off the roller. Dry clean, and then reverse these steps to remount the shade.
    -Insulated Shades
    Our insulated shades have a paper- thin acrylic foam backing, and may be machine washed. To wash, dismount the shade from the window, unroll the shade, remove the plastic grippers and slide the shade off the roller. Remove the wooden slat from the bottom pocket.
    Soak the shade for 15 minutes in cold water, using a mild laundry detergent. Wash on delicate cycle and line dry. Press any wrinkles out using a warm iron on the fabric side. Reverse the steps above to remount the shade.
    -Clutch Style Rollers
    Some of our shades come with a clutch style roller that is operated by simply pulling a loop of cord up or down to raise or lower the shade. Please see the caution on the next page to insure safe use.
    -Spring Tension Rollers
    Although the tension on this type of roller is preset, it may be adjusted. To decrease the tension, draw the shade down about 18 inches and remove it from its brackets. Unroll the shade an additional 18 inches by hand, and then place the shade back in its brackets.
    To increase the tension, draw the shade down about 18 inches and remove it from its brackets. Re-roll the shade by hand and then place it back in its brackets.
    -Roman Shades
    Spot clean only.

     

    WARNING FOR SHADES WITH PULL CORDS
    To avoid possible strangulation, keep cords out of the reach of children. Use these devices:
    1. Clamp or clothes pin
    2. Cleat
    3. Tie the cord to itself
    4. Tie-down device
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Window Covering Manufacturers Association urge parents to keep cords out of the reach of children by tying or hanging the cord at or near the top of the window covering. Remember that cribs and furniture placed near windows give children additional height to reach the cords. Some ways to secure the cords are:
    • Clip the cord to itself or to the window covering with a clamping device such as a clothes pin or cord clip.
    • Wrap or tie the cord to itself.
    • Wrap the cord around a cleat securely mounted near the top of the window covering.
    • Securely install a tie-down device when a long looped cord is necessary.
    The devices described here are available from hardware stores. In addition to these suggestions, it is also recommended that when you install window coverings, you should adjust the cords to their shortest length possible.