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Old 12-19-09, 06:43 PM
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baseboard radiator

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I just bought new draps and the baseboard radiator has turned them yellow. I am thinking its from the heat. Is there any kind of cover I can purchase to put over the baseboard radiator. I don't want to cut my draps. I looked all over the internet with no luck. Maybe it doesn't exist. Can anybody help me please.
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Old 12-20-09, 05:51 PM
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Hi Julia and welcome to the forum!
As for the baseboard radiator, do you have a pic? Most of them I've seen, have some sort of cover already.
When you say they're new, how long have they been hanging until they turned yellow? They can turn yellowish after a very long time, but I've never seen them turn yellow right away.
What kind of heat do you have?
 
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Old 12-21-09, 08:59 AM
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My curtains are about 4 months old. For me that is kind off new lol. So are you saying that the outside of this baseboard heater is a protector and that the heat from this casting is not enough to put my curtains on fire? I closed the heat in the living room and my husband is taking a fit. I donít want to put the house on fire. I canít sow therefore I canít shorten the curtains. Let me know what you think. I enclosed a picture of the baseboard, well close to it, I found it on the Internet, itís not exactly the same.

 
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Old 12-21-09, 11:55 AM
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4 months is new. They shouldn't be yellowing already. Unless someone is smoking in the house, they shouldn't yellow for a few years, at least. Excessive heat and sunlight could speed up yellowing.
That's a cover of sorts over your heater. If you cover up anymore, you won't have any heat.
Do you know what the draperies are made of? Are they lined?
Is the just the back or the front too, that are yellowing?
You didn't answer what kind of heat you have. If it's electric, you don't want to be covering them at all because electric is a fire hazard. Gas or oil heat doesn't get hot enough to cause a fire.
 
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Old 12-21-09, 12:25 PM
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the heat in my house is electric. the curtains are made of polyester.
 
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Old 12-21-09, 02:57 PM
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There most likely is your problem. Fabric needs to be at least 10" away from electric heat as it's a very serious fire hazard.
Polyester doesn't burn as easily as cotton (but can still catch fire) or may just melt, but perhaps that's what's causing the yellowing. They may be slowly getting zinged.
I'm not a fan of short draperies except in certain situations, but I think you should consider blinds or fabric shades. I would rather replace the draperies than take a chance of fire.
 
 

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