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Last updated on July 20th, 2023

Cost of dry cleaning curtains

Getting your curtains dry cleaned is a great way to save time and effort. But what is the cost of dry cleaning curtains? In this guide, we'll uncover how often your curtains should be dry cleaned and how much you can expect to pay.

Just like other fabrics around the home, curtains need to be cleaned regularly. But if your curtains are long and heavy, this can be easier said than done!

Getting your curtains dry cleaned is a great way to save time and effort. Not only that, but many types of curtains are ‘dry clean only.’ This includes interlined curtains, as well as curtains that are made from velvet, velour, silk, wool, brocade, tapestry or chenille.

Let’s dive into the cost to dry clean your curtains!

How much does dry cleaning curtains cost?

ItemUnitCost (lower range)Cost (higher range)Average cost
UnlinedPer m2£3.70£6£4.85
LinedPer m2£4.25£7£5.60
Heavy linedPer m2£4.75£8£6.40
Net curtainsPer m2£3.95£5.53£4.74
Standard linedPer kg£10£14£12
InterlinedPer kg£12.50£16.50£14.50
Blackout linedPer kg£14£18£16
Shower curtainPer kg£9.90£13.86£11.88

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Dry cleaners vary a lot in quality and price, especially when it comes to curtains. Just some of the factors that can influence the cost of dry cleaning your curtains are:

  • Whether they’re lined or unlined
  • What fabric they’re made from
  • How heavy they are
  • How long they are
  • The quality of the dry cleaner

While some dry cleaners will charge you based on how much your curtains weigh, others calculate their prices based on the square meterage. That said, nearly all dry cleaners will take into account whether or not your curtains are lined.

The average cost of dry cleaning curtains

If you’re looking to dry clean unlined curtains, you’ll be looking at an average cost of £4.85 per square metre. However, this price will increase if your curtains are lined.

Cost of dry cleaning lined curtains

If your curtains are lined, you’re likely to pay around £5.60 per square metre or £12 per kilogram as a base price. This cost will usually increase if your curtains have heavier lining or if they’re interlined.

At the top end of the scale, you’re looking at an average price of £16 per kilogram for blackout lined curtains.

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How often should curtains be dry cleaned?

Like most home furnishings, curtains require regular maintenance in order to keep them in good condition. It’s generally recommended that you clean your curtains every two to three years.

However, depending on your circumstances, you may need to clean your curtains more regularly.

  • Hypoallergenic families: Families who suffer certain allergies should consider cleaning their curtains every three to six months.
  • Dusty areas: If you live in a dusty area, you should consider cleaning your curtains every six to 12 months.
  • Seaside location: Those who live near the sea should look at cleaning their curtains every six to 12 months.
  • Fireplaces: Curtains in homes that have open fires or wood burners need cleaning roughly every 12 months.

Dry cleaning curtains cost key takeaways

  • Some dry cleaners calculate the cost of cleaning curtains per kilogram, while others work on a per metre basis.
  • The price to dry cleaning curtains increases if your curtains are lined.
  • Not all curtains have to be dry cleaned, although it does save time and effort.
  • Most curtains only need to be dry cleaned every two to three years.
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