Draperies are an іnvеѕtmеnt and require рrореr care to stay beautiful. Once thеу’re hung, it саn bе еаѕу to forget that thеу collect duѕt and dirt! But they do require cleaning.
As a general rulе оf thumb, drареѕ ѕhоuld bе cleaned every one tо two years. This depends on factors such аѕ іf they’re exposed to ѕmоkе, what tуре of heating system уоu own, аnd іf thе drареѕ are exposed to children оr pets.
Drареrіеѕ are nоtоrіоuѕ fоr trарріng оdоrѕ, еѕресіаllу іn hоmеѕ with avid cooks, ѕmоkеrѕ, реtѕ, or other fасtоrѕ that create strong smells. Attempting to mаѕk the ѕmеll with air fresheners оr scented саndlеѕ саn actually make thе оdоr worse. Tо get rid оf the оdоrѕ fоr good, you nееd to have the drареѕ dеер cleaned uѕіng fabric-ѕаfе cleaning рrоduсtѕ and gentle cleaning equipment administered bу рrоfеѕѕіоnаl drapery сlеаnеrѕ. There is no known home-cleaning method for safely removing odors from quality fabrics.
Your options for cleaning include trying cleaning your own drapes and entrusting them to a professional. Let’s take a closer look.
The Risks of Cleaning Your Own Drapes
There аrе mаnу risks to home wаѕhing drареrіеѕ. If the drapery, lining, оr trіmѕ аnd еmbеllіѕhmеntѕ аrеn’t wаѕhаblе, they can be destroyed. Or, if the drapery and lіnіng are made of dіffеrеnt fіbеrѕ, оnе may ѕhrіnk causing the оthеr to рuсkеr and hang poorly. Home laundering is also risks tears іf ѕunlіght hаѕ weakened the fаbrісѕ. If there are рlеаtѕ, they won’t hold their ѕhаре durіng machine-washing and will need professional pressing afterwards. Large drapes won’t even fit in many washing machines (which is a blessing in disguise). After home washing, even if nothing is “ruined” exactly, your lovely curtains may now be perfect for a smaller window.
Wе nеvеr rесоmmеnd cleaning your own drареѕ bесаuѕе оf thе роtеntіаl damage your washing mасhіnе саn cause. And quite frankly drареѕ саn bе tоо much of an investment to risk damage саuѕеd by уоur wаѕhеr and dryer. We want you to bе аblе tо hаvе them for several years bеfоrе hаvіng to get new оnеѕ.
Why Professional Cleaning?
Professionals, like Armand’s Drapery, саn mаkе ѕurе уоur drареѕ are cleaned safely. From removing ѕtаіnѕ аnd spots, to рrеѕѕіng for рlеаtѕ, еxреrt рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ will have your drареѕ lооking new.
Your drареrіеѕ may have been a large іnvеѕtmеnt. To extend their life as long аѕ роѕѕіblе, іt’ѕ іmроrtаnt to сlеаn and care for your wіndоw trеаtmеntѕ as directed by the manufacturer or maker. Whеn уоu hіrе a рrоfеѕѕіоnаl drapery cleaner, thе fаbrісѕ will be carefully іnѕресtеd to determine which сlеаnіng mеthоdѕ аrе mоѕt appropriate if you lack those directions. Drареѕ cleaned exclusively uѕіng рrоfеѕѕіоnаl рrоduсtѕ, equipment, аnd tесhnіquеѕ, саn have dоublе or еvеn trіplе the lіfеѕраn they would otherwise.
It’s important to keep in mind that a professional window treatment cleaner is not the same thing as a dry cleaner. Drу cleaners are generally not еxреrіеnсеd wіth cleaning fіnе drареrіеѕ, and don’t always have the proper equipment. Drapes have unique hardware, construction techniques, and can have uncommon fiber contents.
A safer орtіоn іѕ a company that specializes in drареrу сlеаnіng, like Armand’s. We come to your hоmе, remove your drареrіеѕ, thеn rehang thеm аftеr cleaning іѕ соmрlеtе. No risk, no fuss.
Drapes are a huge part of your interior design because they don’t only provide privacy, they also add style to your spaces.
That’s why it’s so important to measure for drapes right. Drapes that are too long or too short will create a visual imbalance that’s difficult to ignore, so here’s what you should do to get it right!
How to Measure for Drapes:
1. Choose a mounting technique
When it comes to mounting techniques, you have two options: you can either mount your drapes outside or inside of the window frame. Each option will provide a different aesthetic, and it’s completely up to you.
Outside mounting can provide the illusion of larger windows while blocking natural light completely and appearing more sophisticated. Inside mounting is less common, but it allows for some natural light to seep in while still providing privacy.
2. Determine the style of your drapes
As you know, drapes and curtains can be made in different styles to make sure that they suit your home décor. Determining the style of your drapes will also help you decide what length they should be, so this is a very important step. I recommend doing a bit of research and finding inspiration online, where you have access to a ton of resources.
3. Measure your window
Now that you’ve decided what kind of mounting you want and the style of your drapes, it’s time to measure your windows. We recommend using a metal measuring tape for high accuracy.
To measure the length of your window, start the measuring tape at the top of the frame, or at the top of the inside corner, and measure down. Be sure you’re going straight down, not at an angle. This gives you your window height, not necessarily your drape length. That will be determined by your window size and the style drape you’ve selected.
To measure the width of your window, all you have to do is use the measuring tape to measure from left to right, horizontally, from one side of the window frame to the other. Most curtains are 1 to 3 times wider than the window, but that will also depend on the style you’ve chosen.
4. Determine rod placement
The rod placement will depend on the style of your drapes. If you want your drapes to hang from the inside of your window frame, you should opt for an inside trim mount.
If your windows feature molding that you don’t want to hide, a below trim mount will be the right choice.
Finally, the most common rod placement is the above trim mount because it allows you to hang the drapes 6 to 12 inches above the window frame.
When you measure for drapes it’s extremely important to the final outcome, so don’t be sloppy or make guesses. These measurements will affect how your windows look for years.
If you feel uncertain, we can do this for you! We can cover all your drape installation needs, including taking care of the measurements to make sure everything is perfect. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
For almost too many reasons to list, having your table covered with a tablecloth helps you keep your life in order. You might be wondering, how could something so simple really make your life easier?
A custom tablecloth can add eth final touch to your dining space, protecting your table and making your home easier to clean. Of course you can buy a tablecloth premade as long as you love white linen, checkers or plaid. And don’t mind a sloppy fit. If you prefer to look original and organized, a custom tablecloth is the way to go.
Your dining room table is the center of family dinner parties, holiday get togethers and even everyday family dinners. Because of this, it’s important to have the right tablecloth for your dining room table. This is your home, it should reflect you. Elegant and stylish tablecloths can impress friends and family, but also help establish the aesthetic and sentiment you want in your home.
Great Idеаѕ For Tаblесlоthѕ
Having your custom tablecloth created is a time to consider all your options. This piece will be well-made and last many years, so make it how you want it.
Pick A Соlоr Any Соlоr:
You can choose a shade that matches or compliments other parts of your home, or let the color be intense and create focus on the table. Also consider choosing fabric with shine, metallic sheen, or interesting textures.
Think Big And Bоld Prints:
With an all-over print, you can use a pattern to create a feel of movement, energy, excitement.
Use Faux Leather:
Faux leather fabric is perfect for creating a strong, rustic statement piece with your tablecloth. This animal-friendly fabric creates a comfortable tabletop.
Dоn’t Fоrgеt Thе Edges:
Adding visual interest to the edges of your tablecloth can make people take notice. You can have a wide hem, ribbon, corner tassels, what would you like?
Your table cloth can be anywhere from just a runner down the center of the table to floor-length, and anywhere in between. Do you want the table legs to show? Just the feet? Will people’s legs be tucking under? Consider your length options.
There are, of course, square, round and rectangular table cloths. Have you considered other shapes, like scallop-edged, or splat-shaped so that the corners hang to long points?
Custom Tablecloth Tірѕ
- – Consider future washing and ironing procedures when selecting fabrics and notions for your tablecloth.
- – If you do get wrinkles, check that your fabric is iron-safe before using an iron on it.
- – Wash your tablecloth according to the directions you were given when it was made.
- – When not in use, fold your tablecloth and store it in a dry area to avoid wrinkling.
Here at Armands, we create custom tablecloths for you.
Many people wrongly assume that window tinting is only for businesses and cars. Homeowners seeking ways to see their beautiful windows without compromising on their basic functions often overlook tinting. Tinted windows provide light, ventilation, security, and privacy, without blocking the view.
Tinting film has long been used on cars and office windows, but is now making its way into homes. The features of a home window tint include privacy and solar protection-without hurting visibility from inside.
Most window tints are made up of thin films with a single or several layers of polyester base and scratch-resistant coating and are fixed on the inside of the windows with a strong adhesive. Tints are used for many reasons. Available in many shades and colors, ranging from opaque to clear, you can customize what features you receive from your tinting film. Different colors or designs can be used together to customize functionality for the home, from clear insulatory films, to mirrored or nearly opaque films.
Benefits to Home Window Tinting Include:
It’s hard to imagine having a sense of home without having a sense of privacy. With tinting, people will not be able to see your inside home. However, you’ll have no problem seeing the world outside your home. Some tints are more reflective than others, which enhances their ability to protect your privacy.
Deflecting Direct UV Sun Rays
This is probably the most important benefit of having home window tinting. Window tint successfully rejects 99% of all harmful Ultra Violet (UV) light. Too much exposure to direct UV light is detrimental to you and your family’s health. UV light can cause premature aging, skin dryness, itching and increases the likelihood of getting skin cancer.
Furnishing and decorating your home takes a great amount of time and effort. Window tinting can reduce color and material breakdown of your furniture, walls, art, photos, flooring, rugs, and window treatments from sun exposure. Do not keep your curtains closed to protect your belongings! Fill your rooms with light and enjoy your view with residential window tinting.
Savings on Energy Bills
Home window tinting can save you lots of cash year on your energy bills. On average, a home will lose 10% of its heat through the windows.
That is going to account for a big part of your bill. And your heating and air conditioning will work hard to keep your house the right temperature, leading to faster wear and tear. The film we use acts as an extra layer of insulated. This helps to keep heat in during the cold of winter. And the cold in during the heat of summer.
Your HVAC system gets a well-deserved break, and you enjoy a more comfortable temperature in your home. And do not forget you’ll save cash too!
Window tinting can also add a decorative element to your home. The tinting can quite accurately imitate the look of expensive windows but at a much lower cost. It can also be easily removed if you move or would like to change the look of the windows. Decorative window films even come with a mural and can be applied to a picture window for an instant view.
Did you know that you can reduce your home’s susceptibility to burglars with tinted windows? While tinted windows will not guarantee that someone will never break into your home, they will certainly make it harder for any home invader to look through your windows to scope out your possessions. Another security benefit of tinted windows is privacy because it is harder for anyone to see inside from the outside of your home. Ask your insurance company if you can earn a policy discount for your home security with tinted or filmed windows.
At some point, you may want to revamp your home because it looks old and your windows could be on the list. You could strike that through when you decide to install window tints. These window films preserve the integrity of your windows so instead of replacing the windows themselves, you can just opt to replace the tints, which is more affordable than going with the former. And, you can even change how your home looks like by opting for a different film design or color.
In Conclusion, There are many advantages to having your home windows tinted. To experience the best that home window tinting has to offer, source your window tint from professionals who are also experts at installing.
Everyone wants to feel like they can relax in their home. How does one make their home as comfortable as possible? There are many approaches, but almost all of them come back to expressing our personal style. You want your home to feel uniquely yours. And what is more personal and comforting that your bed?
Our beds are like our homes within our homes. Aside from wanting a mattress and a pillow that cradle your body correctly for you, there are many more ways of customizing and personalizing your unique sleep space. If you’ve never considered it before, you should consider having the perfect custom bedding created for you.
Why Custom Bedding?
Beds are extremely personal. If you’ve been bedding shopping you’ve found sets and individual pieces of all kinds. Kind of. There are actually many styles missing, and limitations on what sort of textures or colors are available any given season. If you’ve evaluated your room, your style, and come up with your wants and needs in bedding, you’ve probably already gotten too specific to choose from what the marketplace has available to you.
Custom bedding allows you to pick generally higher quality materials than are available in pre-made bedding and choose which elements to match, which to contrast, and which to use complementarily. Instead of having all the little decisions made for you about hems, fabrics, insulation, etc, you can choose for yourself.
A bedspread is the topmost layer on your bed, covering sheets in warm weather or blankets in cold weather. It gives a crisp, clean appearance and is easy to launder. It’s always relatively lightweight and thin compared to other warmth layers. These can have fitted corners to make your bed look extra classy.
A comforter is usually filled with a natural or synthetic insulator, like down or polyester. With large quilted bevels, it keeps you warm without weighing you down. Having your comforter made-to-order allows you to choose warmer, cooler, lighter, heavier, softer and firmer materials.
A duvet is another name for a “comforter cover”. These are easily laundered and they can also change the look of your comforter. You can even have a duvet made that fits both your summer and your winter warmth layers.
Dust Ruffles/Bed Skirts
Bed skirts are both decorative and functional. They block the view of the underbed area, or any ugly bed frame legs, while making your bed look deeper and larger. They also keep dust from collecting under the bed and stifle what would have been drafty air on your ankles in the morning. These can be ruffly looking, or crisp with box pleats or smooth sides.
Having the right throw pillows made is a lifestyle changer. You can finally have attractive decorative pillows that happen to fit in your back just right, prop you up perfectly for reading, or fit between your knees just how you sleep best. Whatever job they do for you at night, they can transition into looking perfect on your bed during the day.
Pillow shams are pillow cases, but generally better made and having a more secure closure than the ones that come with sheet sets. They often have a border or edge that make them look especially nice. Having custom pillow shams made allow you to match them to or contrast them with other bedroom elements, and tie the existing pillows you already have in with your new bedding.
Your bed can be any way you want it to be, and that is a wonderful thing.