Stage Curtain Care
Caring for your stage curtains is easy when you follow these guidelines.
Removing Wrinkles from Stage Curtains
The best and easiest way to remove wrinkles from your curtains or backdrops is to hang them a few days prior to your performance, show, or concert. Typically wrinkles will fall out over time. If you're down to the wire, you can try brushing them (see Cleaning Stage Curtains below). Never attempt to use steam to relax wrinkles in theatrical fabrics as some fabrics are treated with flame proofing chemicals that may leave your curtains stained or discolored once they become wet. Additionally, and more importantly, this may hinder the fabric's abilities to resist flame.
Cleaning Stage Curtains
It’s important to have a regular cleaning routine to keep your curtains looking pristine and ready for show time. We recommend frequently dusting your curtains by simply using a brush or shaking the dust and dirt off of smooth fabrics. For napped fabric like velour, it’s important to always brush in the direction of the nap. We recommend working from the top-left corner to the bottom-right. You can also use a clean broom or vacuum to remove dust.
Spots and Stains
For more noticeable marks, IFR fabrics can be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or use warm water and a mild detergent on the spot. We always recommend that you test this in an inconspicuous area like the back or a bottom corner before applying to a highly visible place on the curtain. Do not use a large amount of water or liquid on velour or napped fabric as it can stain or discolor the curtain. We do not recommend using any of these techniques on FR fabrics as you may remove the flame retardant properties.
If you find paint or grease stains, treat them immediately since they are harder to clean once they’ve dried. Never apply heat to a stain and refrain from pressing the stain into the fabric any further. Here are some tips for removing different stains:
• For latex-based paint, use warm water and a mild detergent..
• For grease stains, apply a small amount of detergent, let it sit, then scrub with a brush and wipe away any remaining residue.
• For tape residue, apply a dry, cold compress to harden the surface and scrape off the residue.
Should you decide to enlist the help of a dry cleaning professional, it’s important they use the right cleaning solution to retain the curtain’s flame retardant treatment, which should be checked regularly to keep your certification up-to-date. Steaming or dry-cleaning your curtains can remove any flame proofing chemicals and leave your drapery susceptible to fire.
Dust and Debris Buildup on Rigging and Hardware
Lastly, don’t forget to inspect your curtain rigging and hardware when doing routine cleanings. Dust or debris can build-up in these areas and affect the movement of your track. Use a vacuum to remove unwanted dust and replace rusted or damaged hardware when necessary. You may also need to check cord controls over time to check that they haven’t stretched or worn out. If you see any fraying or dry rotting, replace the cord immediately. Better yet, contact us to schedule a professional and thorough rigging safety inspection.
Storing Stage Curtains
If your stage curtains need to be stored, fold them carefully to limit wrinkles and place in a canvas bag or canvas storage hamper. Never store stage drapery in plastic bags. Always keep your drapery in a well-ventilated, dry area safe from any potential water exposure.
Whether it’s time for entirely new stage curtains or you’d like to update your existing set up, Georgia Stage can help. From design to installation to inspections and maintenance, we do it all. If you have specific questions about the proper maintenance and cleaning for your stage curtains, please contact us.
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