As your draperies are used, the combination of weight and height plus the heat created from sunlight will cause the fabric to relax. When this occurs, it is not uncommon to have several inches of stretching. This can be remedied by having the hem of the drape shortened.
You may notice just the opposite of stretching occurring from time to time. On a humid day, homeowners may find their drapes have shrunk. Certain fibers have a tendency to absorb moisture, shrinking the fabric. If shrinkage should occur, allow ample time before having the drape lengthened.
Some amazing advancements have been made in recent years in the dyes used in manufacturing drapery materials. In time, however, expect some color change due to ultraviolet rays of direct sun. At times, the discoloration is caused by atmospheric soil. When this happens, professional cleaning will restore the color.
The routine care of your drapes is relatively easy since they do not receive the same traffic your carpets and furniture do. Vacuuming the drapes on a scheduled basis is the most important job you can perform. Dust particles in the air adhere to the drapery material more rapidly than sometimes meets the eye. On days when the air is dry, a static charge will build up in your drapes which attracts dust particles at a considerably higher rate.