Maintenance

 Recommended maintenance
for stage curtains and tracks
Curtains

Annually vacuum or brush drapes (soft upholstery brush) especially velvet and wool, thus minimising the build up of dust.
Dry Clean as required – Water free process only.
White Spirit or Perchloroethylene Solvent (to AS 2001.5.7 – 1986)
NDFR curtains should not be wetted, if wetted in any way, it is essential to retreat the fabric to meet flammability requirements. This may also apply after multiple dry cleaning processes or after a period of use in a high humidity atmosphere.
As required by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) NSW Spec C1.10 6 (b) (ii), the fabric will retained flame retardancy effect after a minimum of 5 commercial dry cleaning operations. It is thus recommended that a log be kept of cleaning.
Any small tears or holes, should be repaired immediately to avoid the damage spreading.
Do not pin banners etc. directly to curtains, this may lead to fabric damage. As an alternative to pins use light duty spring clamps or bull dog clips.
Curtain fabrics do have a limited life, and factors such as UV light exposure, humidity and traffic may further reduce useful life of fabrics.
As a guide fabrics should have a useful life of:

NDFR Cotton Velvet
DFR Wool / wool blends
NDFR Cotton/Acrylic blockout
NDFR Cotton Gauzes
IFR Synthetic Fabrics 12 to 15 years
20 to25 years
5 to 7 years
5 to 7 years
20 to 25 years

Tracks (basic)

Annually check and tighten all track fasteners.

3 monthly – check and adjust draw cord tension

Annually wipe down track running surfaces and lubricate running gear – use silicon
spray sparingly, avoid over spraying onto curtains.

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