Curtain Restoration is an economical alternative when refurbishing a performance space. Having stage curtains dry cleaned can have a significant positive effect on their appearance, and having them re-treated with flame retardant can keep them in compliance with local fire safety regulations.
At Limelight, curtain restoration services include professional dry cleaning and flame retardant treatment via the immersion method and the issuing of a new flame retardant certificate. For facility owners without labor or equipment, Limelight's professional staff can be contracted to remove, pack, ship and reinstall draperies.
Check your stage draperies for labels at the top or bottom edge. These labels should indicate whether the fabric is inherently flame retardant (IFR) or flame retardant treated (FR). IFR fabrics do not need to be retreated - they are flame retardant for the life of the fabric. If the drapes are FR (flame retardant treated) they do need to be periodically retreated. The label should indicate the date of the last treatment. If the period since treatment is greater than five years, the curtains will require re-treatment. In addition, certain harsh conditions (flooding, excess humidity, etc) may have accelerated the loss of flame retardant properties so you may want to perform testing. In addition, the label may include information about the dimensions of the curtain and the amount of sewn-in fullness - two factors that will affect restoration pricing.
Other information you will want to consider before contacting a vendor, is whether or not you will be able to remove, ship, and reinstall the curtains yourself, or whether you will require that the vendor provide that service. If you will be asking the vendor to remove and reinstall your curtains, it will be important to know whether your curtains are dead-hung or whether they are rigged to fly in and out. Dead-hung curtains are hung from a pipe or building part that can only be reached by ladder or lift. These will require significantly more labor for removal and reinstallation.
Curtains should always be dry cleaned prior to re-treatment. After dry cleaning, Limelight recommends that the flame retardant be applied by the immersion process. Immersion assures that the flame retardant is applied adequately and evenly to the entire curtain. Alternate methods including spraying-on can result in over, under or uneven application of the product, which can adversely affect the appearance of the fabric and effectiveness of the treatment. Also, spraying, which releases chemicals into the air and precipitation on nearby surfaces, may damage your stage floor or furnishings and will require limited access to the space while in progress.
Ideally - depending on size and weight - your curtain should be transported in hampers or other substantial cases. Optionally, Limelight can remove, transport and re-hang your draperies, or even provide hamper rentals. Labor is billed at an hourly rate. Transportation to and from Limelight's Lee, MA location is based on distance traveled.
Estimates will be based on the thoroughness and accuracy of the information provided and will be subject to change based on in-plant verification. For more information, call us today at 1-800-243-4950 or download a Curtain Restoration Quotation Request Form.
All pricing is FOB Limelight Productions in Lee, MA. Soft goods sent by common carrier should be sealed in plastic before boxing to protect against leaks in transit.
Restoration does not produce miracles. Although the appearance of most draperies will be noticeably improved, it is not possible to take a damaged, badly stained or distressed curtain and make it look brand new.