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

Typical Range:

$143 - $353

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Updated October 31, 2022

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

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Dry-cleaning curtains cost $244 on average, while it’s normal to see a range of costs between $143 and $353. Ultimately, the price of your project will depend on the size of your window treatments, the cleaning specifications, and the cost-of-living factors in your area. 

No one likes dirty window treatments, but concern about the costs associated with dry-cleaning curtains can cause some people to ponder whether it's worth trying to wash their window treatment themselves. Having your curtains, drapes, or blinds professionally cleaned does cost more than DIY-ing, but it can save you the time and trouble of trying to figure out how to get your curtains down, get them clean, and get them back up in a timely manner.

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National Average $244
Typical Range $143 - $353
Low End - High End $75 - $600

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 1,685 HomeAdvisor members.

Dry-Cleaning Curtain Costs

Curtains make your space look put together and inviting, but they also serve many functions, such as providing privacy and keeping the light out. With the cost of window treatments going as high as $1,530, it’s important to take proper care of your window treatment. We provide dry-cleaning prices for the most popular curtain types below.

Curtain Type Dry-Cleaning Cost Range
Polyester $65 – $90
Cotton $65 – $100
Linen $70 – $110 per set
Silk $80 – $120 per set

Cost to Dry-Clean Polyester Curtains

The cost to dry-clean polyester curtains ranges between $65 and $90. Polyester curtains are known for being durable and long-lasting. Though it’s a low-maintenance material and difficult to damage, it can be challenging to clean at home because the fibers are susceptible to breakdown when they encounter heat. 

Cost to Dry-Clean Cotton Curtains

Dry-cleaning cotton curtains costs between $65 to $100. Cotton is fairly low maintenance but must undergo proper care to prevent shrinking. Hand-washing and drying cotton curtains can also be difficult as they're prone to wrinkling if not dried properly. 

Cost to Dry-Clean Linen Curtains

Dry-cleaning linen curtains costs around $70 to $110 per set. Linen tends to shrink, so you must treat it 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 $340.

Cost to Dry-Clean Silk Curtains

Dry-cleaning silk curtains costs between $80 and $120 per set. Silk requires special methods and chemicals and must be treated with care. You must remove this material and get it dry-cleaned by a professional specializing in upholstery fabrics and window coverings.

On-Site Curtain Cleaning Prices

The price of on-site curtain cleaning is approximately $2 to $7 per foot, which averages 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’s a discount when multiple services are needed. Companies that carry a minimum charge often have discounted rates when performing multiple services or are regularly scheduled to clean the home.

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Cost of Dry Cleaning Drapes

The cost of dry cleaning drapes is around $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 around $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 $170, which can include on-site drapery cleaning for additional costs. Some carpet professionals can wash your drapes during the same visit, with the average carpet cleaning price being $180.

Blind Cleaning Cost

Curtains and drapes aren’t the only window treatments that require cleaning and regular maintenance. Blinds can become dusty, dirty, and discolored if you don’t work proactively to keep them clean. 

The average blind cleaning cost is $20 per blind, which equates to about $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 or more.

Pros soak non-fabric window coverings like these in hot water and bleach. Depending on the material of your blinds, the price can vary, such as the cost of electric blinds. 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 and $30 per unit. This method uses high-frequency sound waves to induce cavitation bubbles that remove tough stains, pathogens, and dirt. 

Venetian Blind Cleaning Costs

Venetian blind cleaning costs between $10 and $20 per unit. Venetian blinds have horizontal slats that require individual attention and meticulous dusting. This attention to detail may require cleaners to spend more time on these sorts of blinds rather than others. 

Dry Cleaning Curtains vs. On-Site Services

There are both advantages and disadvantages to using either a dry cleaning or on-site cleaning service. Keep reading to learn more about both types and which works best for your needs.

Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning typically costs $1 to $5 per foot. It generally produces great results and is less expensive than on-site services. Dry cleaning does take longer than on-site cleaning and typically has a three-day waiting period. You’ll also have to do a little more work yourself than you would if you hired on-site cleaners since you must remove the dirty curtains, take them to the cleaners, and rehang them once they’re clean. 

Professional On-Site Cleaners

Professional on-site curtain cleaning typically costs $2 to $7 per foot or pleat. On-site cleaning is convenient and offers fast same-day service. You won’t have to worry about removing and rehanging your curtains. But you’ll have to deal with having people in your home for one to three hours—or sometimes for the whole day, depending on how many window treatments you need cleaned. 

DIY Curtain Cleaning vs. Hiring a Pro

Homeowners can either do the job themselves or hire a curtain cleaning pro near you to get the job done. The decision on how to complete the cleaning depends on the fabric and the value of the curtains or drapery. Some fabrics are prone to shrink, some colors may bleed, and materials like silk may "spot," depending on the cleaning method or cleaner used.

If you decide to do the job yourself, carefully read the care tags on your items and have the proper supplies and equipment.

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FAQs

How often should curtains be washed?

You should wash your curtains and other window treatments every three to six months. If you wait much longer, your curtains may become heavy with dust, pet hair, pollen, and more, which can cause lots of sneezing and wheezing for you and your family members. Remember that curtains get dustier than most items in your home since they're closest to your windows, so regular maintenance is necessary to keep them sanitary and looking great.

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

While you don't have to clean your windows and curtains simultaneously, many people choose to do so to help their homes look as clean and fresh as possible. Cleaning your curtains and windows at the same time can also help you remember to care for both of them since you'll be up close with any dust or dirt left behind. The cost to clean windows professionally is around $150 to $300.

Can you wash thermal curtains?

You can hand-wash thermal curtains, but avoid washing them in a washing machine. To clean your thermal curtains, hand-wash them gently in warm water in the sink or bathtub and then hang them to dry. And always defer to the instructions on their cleaning tag when cleaning your curtains to avoid unsightly stains, discolorations, and shrinkage.

Can you wash blackout curtains?

You can hand-wash blackout curtains rather than place them in the washing machine. Machine washing can ruin blackout curtains because they're generally made of several layers of fabric that can easily become clumped or wrinkled.

Should I wash or dry-clean my curtains?

Whether you should wash or dry-clean your curtains depends on the type of fabric they're made of and the instructions on your care tag. You can hand-wash or dry-clean curtains with a tag indicating they can be machine-washed or dry-cleaned. And for curtains with a care tag indicating they should be dry-cleaned only, avoid putting them in the washing machine and let a pro take care of the work for you.