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How long do drapes, comforters and other household textiles last?

Millie Kwan - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The American National Standards Institute, Inc. approved the Fair Claims Guide for Consumer Textile Products. This standard provides the guidelines for determining liability for claims adjustment purposes for textile products. It also includes the following life expectancy chart for household textile items:

Life Expectancy Table

Item Years
Bedspreads 
 six years
Blankets - Heavy Wool and Synthetic Fibers
 ten years
Blankets - Lightweight
 five years
Blankets - Electric 
 five years
Comforters 
 five years
Down 
 five years
 Curtains - Sheer 
 three years
Curtains - Glass Fiber
 three years
 Draperies - Lined
 five years
Draperies - Unlined 
 four years
 Draperies - Sheer 
 three years
Draperies - Glass Fiber 
 four years
Sheets and Pillow Cases    two years
Slipcovers
  three years
 Table Linen - Fancy
 five years
Table Linen - Other  two years
 Towels 
 three years
 Upholstery Fabrics 
 five years
Articles Coated or Flocked 
 two years

How long the items last also depends on selection. Consider the following before purchasing a household product:

* Will the material be durable?
* Will the fabric resist stains and soil?
* Are there any protective coatings of finishes available that will prolong the useful life of the textile?
* Is the fabric preshrunk?
* Is the fabric resistant to light, fading or pollution?
* Do any care instructions come with the purchase? Read all instructions or information before buying the item.

blankets, bedspreads, pillow cases, bedsheets, comfortersProper care will always help prolong the beauty of the household textile. Here are some basic rules to protect and prolong the beauty of household textiles:

* Protect all furnishings from sunlight, fumes, and pets.
* Damage, like tears, should be repaired immediately.
* Vacuum and/or brush to remove dust regularly.
* Follow the manufacturer's cleaning recommendations.
* Do not allow the item to become extremely soiled, and have any stains removed immediately.
* Clean household textiles before storing.

Sarni Cleaners is here to help you keep your blankets, comforters, table linens, drapes and other household fabrics clean and beautiful. Schedule a free pickup and delivery of your household items today! (Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Lynnfield and neighboring towns only.)

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