Frequently Asked Questions
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Do blackout curtains block enough light to keep my room pitch black, even in bright sunlight?
Because light is so powerful, no woven curtain can block 100%, but here are some things to consider. Most thermaweave
buyers are very satisfied with 99% light blocking performance, but for more of a "pitch black" room, consider thermaback
curtains or use a thermaliner behind an existing curtain, because these use a light-impermeable foam backing. Always
configure your curtain rods to ensure a tight fit around the sides; this is how most light enters a window fitted with
Why do I still see some light when my black-out curtains are drawn? Don't they block 99% of light?
Yes, all eclipse curtains are proven in independent laboratory tests to block over 99% of light. But there are two factors
that result in some light still being seen by our eyes. Because light is so powerful, even 1% of light is still visible to
our eyes. Our eyes are designed to adjust to darkness in a way that helps us see even very low levels of light in darkened rooms.
Should I keep my curtains open or closed to save more energy?
That depends - on the time of year and the time of day, as you can see from the following eclipse curtains energy-smart guidelines.
In the winter, keep eclipse thermal curtains closed whenever there is no direct sunlight entering a room. However, because
direct sunlight can provide a heating effect you should open your curtains when direct sunlight could be entering a room. In
the summer, you will maximize your energy savings by always keeping your eclipse curtains closed, as they will minimize cooling
loss across the windows, and ensure that no direct sunlight enters your room.
Don't all curtains prevent energy loss?
No, there can be dramatic differences from curtain to curtain. That's because the ability to block energy loss depends on a
variety of factors, and eclipse curtains have been specially designed and manufactured to provide an effective barrier to
thermal transfer and energy loss.
I am exposed to noise all day long, why should I worry about blocking it at home?
There are a couple of reasons to try to keep as much noise as possible out of your home. We need recovery time. One of the
most important things we can do is to set aside some time at home to relax and unwind from the day. Noise is always an
impediment to relaxation, and is especially problematic when we are trying to sleep. You will be more relaxed, better
rested, and more ready to face the next day if you can block the world out for a few hours of peace and quiet at home
every night. And with eclipse curtains, you will be exposed to less outside noise.
How much noise can a curtain really block?
Eclipse curtains are proven to block much more noise than ordinary curtains. Independent lab tests prove eclipse curtains
block up to 40% more unwanted outside noise than ordinary curtains*.
(* Eclipse thermaback curtain vs. ordinary sailcloth curtain; pink noise above 125 hz. Testing conducted at
independent testing lab Bureau Veritas.)
How do I remove wrinkles and creases from my new eclipse curtains?
Thermaweave: To remove creases caused by folding, put panels in dryer along with a clean damp cloth or dish towel,
tumble dry on low heat for approximately 20 minutes. Immediately remove panels and hang.
Thermaback: To remove creases caused by folding, put panels into dryer along with a clean damp cloth or dish towel,
and tumble dry on low heat for approximately 20 minutes. Immediately remove panels and hang. For stubborn wrinkles,
press the panel on the face side using a warm iron. DO NOT STEAM; DO NOT IRON WHITE FLOCKED BACKING on the panel.
For suede panel, place a clean cloth or dish towel over the wrinkle and iron from the face side of the panel.