CLEANING AND CARE OF DRAPERY LININGS:
We recommend that customers follow the PROPER CLEANING TECHNIQUES FOR ROC-LON® COATED FABRICS INCLUDING CONTRACT DRAPERY AND ALL BLACKOUTS. Because Roc-Lon® coated drapery linings, blackouts and fabrics are so different from other materials, special care should be exercised to protect them from potential harm.
Many curtains and draperies are unnecessarily dry cleaned. A regular soft brushing or careful vacuum cleaning will generally keep curtains looking bright and new for many seasons. If dry cleaning becomes necessary, be sure to use a professional dry cleaner. Coin-operated machines can harm the lining and face fabric as well. The following procedures are recommended by the International Fabricare Institute for Coated Linings
(NOTE: Check the manufacturer's recommendations for proper care and cleaning of all face fabrics):
1 Inspect draperies for labels that recommend special care Classify them for cleaning method.
2 Make sure the draperies have been measured before cleaning. Pass this information to the dry cleaner.
3 Remove all drapery hooks and pins. Look for and remove any sharp objects attached to draperies or in the machine.
4 Run underweight loads. Do not overload.
5 Give a short run without adding moisture:
White Spirits (Petroleum solvent) . . . . . 10 to 15 minutes or Perchloroethylene . . . . . . . . . 5 minutes or Fluorocarbon . . .. . . . . . . . . 5minutes
1 Give normal extraction.
2 Tumble dry. DO NOT EXCEED 120° Fahrenheit (50° Celsius) TUMBLER TEMPERATURE!
3 Hang immediately. Do not leave in hamper.
Caution: If draperies are cabinet or air dried, do not place the coated side over the bar - place the fabric side over the bar. If the drapery is damp with solvent or water and is folded so that the coated side comes in contact with itself, the fabric may self-stick while drying and then shred or tear the coating when you try to separate it.
When dry, re-hang the draperies and allow to condition at room temperature for a few days. DO NOT IRON THE ACRYLIC COATED SIDE OF THE LINING and only use a light cool iron on the fabric side if necessary. Check manufacturer's recommendations for ironing face fabrics.
HAND WASHING - For uncoated lining fabrics only - for face fabrics check manufacturer's recommendation for wash ability. Only wash smaller curtains:
1 Loosen tape draw strings (if any) and remove all hooks.
2 Follow curtain fabric care label recommendations where given.
3 Use mild detergent or soap flakes - follow manufacturers recommendations.
4 Ensure that the flakes or detergent are dissolved fully before immersing the curtains.
5 Do not rub acrylic foam areas - squeeze gently.
6 Water temperature should not be greater than warm for linings or cooler if required by the face fabric manufacturer.
7 Rinse thoroughly - detergents left in the curtains can cause severe deterioration to certain face fabrics.
8 Do not use bleach in any form.
9 After washing, shake curtains to remove excessive water. Do not ring our or squeeze. Hang curtains on a suitable
line, from the heading, full length in open width to drip dry. If curtains have to be placed over a line, make sure
that the line is well padded to avoid a permanent crease and distribute the weight evenly. When dry, re-hang the
curtains and allow to condition at room temperature for a few days.
Warning: Shrinkage is more likely to occur if curtains are washed. Adjustment for shrinkage may be necessary
for un-picking and re-tacking hems.
"Blackout"Drapery Lining - A Blackout Drapery Lining (BDL) is a fabric with a coating that prevents exterior light from entering through a window.
Linings prevent the damaging effects of Ultra-Violet rays on furniture as well as the draperies themselves. As a result of this added on defense system, heating and air conditioning costs are reduced.BDL's completely block out any light and impair sound disturbance. There are 2 different
types of BDL's - 3-pass and 2-pass. The difference between the two types lies in the manufacturing process. Both styles hold the same degree
of blackout ability. Your specific needs of the finished drapery treatment will in turn determine from which to choose. All BDL's start as a base
cloth of some polyester/cotton blend.
1. The 3-pass goes through a first coat or "pass" of white acrylic foam that seals the weave and will finish as the cloth side of the lining. The
second pass consists of a black "opaque" coat, creating the lining feature to block light. The third pass is a "finish" coat available in either
white or ecru coloring. A 3-pass is recommended when the lining is to be used as it's own drapery. If the face fabric for sewn-in-installation
is light or transparent, a 3-pass is advised to prevent possible bleed-through of gray from 2-pass use.
2. The 2-pass goes through the same manufacturing process, the exception being the very first pass of white acrylic foam. Therefore, the black
opaque coat is applied directly to the base cloth and the cloth side in turn gives off a gray color. A 2-pass is recommended when the lining
is to be sewn into the drapery.
BDL's were not manufactured for a specific placement order, so the decision of which side faces the window, textile or foam is completely up to the
customer. Either way it will still allow the 100% blackout, so the decision boils down to personal preference. Many times, people place the foam side
to the window, but cloth side to the window is arguably used so side and bottom hems do not incur as much damage in erosion from furniture and carpeting abrasions.
Flame Resistance - Linings are available in flame resistant (FR) and non-flame resistant (NFR) finishes. The flame resistant finish passes all
federal, state and local fire codes for utmost security. The FR linings are also certified to pass the NFPA 701 Standard Method of Fire Tests for
Flame Propagation for Textiles and Films.