How Much Does It Cost to Clean Curtains, Drapes or Blinds?

Typical Range:

$142 - $355

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Updated February 12, 2021

Reviewed by Tara Dudley, Landscape Designer, Landscape Project Coordinator and Owner of Plant Life Designs.

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Curtain and Blind Cleaning Cost

the average cost to clean window treatments is $1 to $5 per foot.

The average cost to clean window treatments is $244 and ranges between $142 and $355. Low-end jobs can be around $79 while high-end work can cost up to $600. Companies usually charge $1 to $5 per foot. If the curtain or drape is pleated, they can charge between $1 to $5 per pleat. Key cost factors include the size of the drape, the material type, and the number of window treatments that need servicing.

Dry cleaning is more affordable but involves taking down the drapes from their fixtures and an average 3-day wait. Some companies can service window treatments without taking them down.

Window treatments are constantly left out in the open. Therefore, they collect dust and look dirty without regular upkeep. Even with sealed and well-insulated windows, dirt and dust can still flow in and create unsightly buildup which may require professional help. Homeowners have two options: take the dirty drapes to a pro or arrange on-site services.

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National Average $244
Typical Range $142 - $355
Low End - High End $75 - $600

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,614 HomeAdvisor members.

Cost of Dry Cleaning Curtains

The cost of dry cleaning curtains is between $1 to $5 per foot. These prices depend on the type of material and its size. Since different materials have their own care directions, the labor for one type may be more extensive than for another.

Cost to Dry Clean Silk Curtains

The cost to dry clean silk curtains is between $80 to $120 per set. Silk requires special methods and chemicals and must be treated with care. This material must be removed and dry-cleaned by a professional that specializes in upholstery fabrics and window coverings.

Cost to Dry Clean Linen Curtains

The cost to dry clean linen curtains is $70 to $105. Linen has a tendency to shrink so must be treated with care. To avoid extra dirt collecting on this material, keep the areas around it pristine. The average cost to clean walls and ceilings is around $336.

Cost to Dry Clean Cotton Curtains

The cost to dry clean cotton curtains is between $65 to $95. Cotton is fairly low-maintenance but must undergo proper care to prevent shrinking.

Cost to Dry Clean Polyester Curtains

The cost to dry clean polyester curtains ranges between $65 to $90. This is a low-maintenance material that is difficult to damage.

On-Site Curtain Cleaning Prices

The price of on-site curtain cleaning averages $2 to $7 per foot. This equates to an average of $125 to $130 per window treatment. This increased price is due to the extra work and time it takes for pros to come to your home and perform treatments without taking the unit off the rod.

Companies that come to your home to treat your carpets, rugs, and upholstery can also take care of your window coverings at the same time. You may be able to get a better price for your window treatments if you bundle services together. Always ask if there is a discount when multiple services are needed. Companies who carry a minimum charge often have discounted rates when performing multiple services, or when regularly scheduled to clean the home.

Cost of Dry Cleaning Drapes

The cost of dry cleaning drapes is $1 to $5 per foot. The prices for washing drapes of different materials are identical to the rates used for curtains.

What's the difference between drapes and curtains? Drapes are thicker than curtains and are lined with extra cloth to serve a thermal and light-blocking function.

On-Site Drapery Cleaning Prices

On-site Drapery cleaning prices average $2 to $7 per foot, or $125 to $130 per window treatment. On-site work takes one to three hours to complete. Contact a drapery cleaning service near you to see if they offer this service.

The average house cleaning price is $167, which can include on-site drapery cleaning for additional costs.There are also some carpet professionals who are able to wash your drapes during the same visit. The average carpet cleaning price is $176.

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Blind Cleaning Cost

The average blind cleaning cost is around $20 per blind. This equates to $170 for a set of seven. Hiring unlicensed individuals to do light work can cost as low as $100 while high-end jobs done by licensed professionals can cost $200+.

Pros soak non-fabric window coverings like these in hot water and bleach. Depending on the material of your blinds, the cost can vary. Your pro will give a direct quote for the type of blinds you have.

Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning Prices

The average price for ultrasonic blind cleaning ranges between $15 to $30 per unit. This method uses high-frequency sound waves to remove tough stains, pathogens, and dirt.

Having dust-free windows will reduce the need for frequent cleaning because less dirt will come in contact with your window treatments. The average cost to clean windows is around $200.

Venetian Blind Cleaning Costs

Venetian blind cleaning costs between $10 to $20 per unit. Venetian blinds have horizontal slats that require individual attention and meticulous dusting.

DIY, Dry Clean, or Hire an On-Site Service?

Homeowners can either do the job themselves, send window treatments to the dry cleaners, or hire an on-site service. The decision on how to get the cleaning complete is dependent on the fabric, and value (or price) of the curtains or drapery. Some fabrics are prone to shrink, some colors may bleed, and fabrics like silk may "spot" dependent on the cleaning method or cleaner used.

DIY Cleaning

  • Cost: Variable*

  • Pros:

    • You can do it anytime and on your schedule

    • Is typically cheaper than hiring a pro

  • Cons:

    • There are safety risks when using a ladder

    • It may not produce the best results

Dry Cleaning

  • Cost: $1 to $5 per foot or pleat

  • Pros:

    • Produces great results

    • Is cheaper than on-site services

    • Saves the homeowner time

  • Cons:

    • You must take the treatments off the hook and put them back on yourself

    • Typically has a 3-day waiting period

Professional On-Site Cleaners

  • Cost: $2 to $7 per foot or pleat

  • Pros:

    • Convenient service that comes to your home

    • You don't have to take curtains off the hook

    • Fast same-day service

  • Cons:

    • There are people in the house for 1-3 hours

    • Homeowners may need to schedule time off work to be present

    • Most expensive option

*Potentially free, depending on the equipment you have at home. You may need a ladder to reach taller shades. DIY cleaning often requires a hand vacuum, steamer, or dusting wand, which you'll need to buy if you don't have them in your house already.

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Do dry cleaners clean curtains?

Yes, dry cleaners clean curtains made of different types of materials. These professionals can wash your window treatments with top-notch methods and products without damaging them. To qualify for this service, the window treatment must be fabric.

How often should curtains be washed?

Drapes and curtains should be washed every 2 to 6 years. How often they need servicing depends on how quickly dust and dirt accumulate on them. Service them whenever they show visible signs of needing care, regardless of how long it has been since their last treatment. If you have pets, consider adding this task to your yearly spring cleaning each year.

One of the benefits of hiring window washers is that it reduces the amount of dirt that can accumulate on your window treatments, which decreases the need for frequent services.

How does ultrasonic blind cleaning work?

Ultrasonic blind cleaning works by using high-frequency sound waves to create tiny bubbles that implode when they touch the water. A pro will wet the blinds with warm water and a solution, then use a tool to send ultrasound frequencies onto the blinds. This will remove dust and bacteria from the surface. Check with the blind cleaning services in your area to see if they offer this type of service.

Should you clean your windows and treatments at the same time?

You should clean your windows and treatments at the same time to keep your drapes at their most pristine. If you take your drapes to the dry cleaners, window cleaning services near you can more easily work with a bare window than work around existing curtains. Window cleaning also prevents extra dirt from coming into contact with your curtains, which decreases the need for calling the pros often.

Can you wash thermal curtains?

Yes, you can wash thermal curtains— but it with a few restrictions. Its acrylic foam backing must be hand washed and never dry-cleaned. Hang dry thermal styles. Do not machine dry them.

Heavy materials require securely installed curtain rods. The cost to install window treatments by pros is $526.

Can you wash blackout curtains?

Yes, you can wash blackout curtains, but you must pay attention to their materials and handle them properly. The type that is made of a thick cloth can simply be thrown in the washer and treated according to the manufacturer's guidelines. If they are backed with latex, you can wash them in cold water but hang them dry, since heat from a dryer can melt or decrease the quality of the latex.

How do you wash curtains without taking them down?

You can wash curtains without taking them down by either hiring on-site professional cleaning or doing it yourself with the right tools. Hiring a pro is the easiest and most convenient option. Washing them on your own without taking them down means you're limited to vacuuming, steaming, and dusting. You can use the "furniture" attachment on your vacuum to free the fabric of mold spores, pet hair and dust frequently to mitigate the need for yearly cleanings.