How to Clean Stage Curtains

Written by shae hazelton
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How to Clean Stage Curtains
Keeping your stage curtains clean can be just as important as the productions you perform. (curtain call image by mrslevite from

It may not cross your mind much, but unclean stage curtains can mar the success of even the most elaborate stage performances. The drapes are the first and last thing the audience sees when they enter your theatre, so you want to ensure you clean them properly and keep them in the best possible working condition. If you let the regular cleaning of your stage curtains slide, you may also find yourself footing the bill to replace them.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Lint roller
  • Vacuum
  • Ladder
  • Dry cleaning solvents

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  1. 1

    Closely examine the nap of the fabric. The nap is the direction of the little loops that make up the entire fabric.

  2. 2

    Brush down your stage curtains with a lint roller to remove large composites of dust and lint. Move with the nap of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Vacuum your curtains. You may need to stand on top of a very large ladder to reach all of the curtain. Again, you must move in the same direction as the nap in order to properly hang the curtains.

  4. 4

    Apply dry cleaning solvents to any stains you encounter. Never use chemicals like bleach to remove stains, or you may blemish the fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Old curtains that have accumulated an even coat of dirt over the years may acquire "clean spots" when you remove stains. These clean spots can really stand out, so if they occur you may need to take down your entire stage curtain and take it in for a thorough dry cleaning.
  • Law requires that you have a flame retardant coating on your stage curtains. Some cleaners may strip the flame retardant chemicals, requiring you to take the curtains to a professional in order to reapply the flame retardant coating.

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