Important Facts About Your Clothes: Part 1

Dry Cleaned Garments Last Longer

Accumulations of perspiration, grit, and dust particles can shorten the life of your garment. Pressing a soiled garment can permanently set stains which may not be visible to the eye, yet cause permanent damage. Garments which are dry cleaned will last longer if they are cleaned immediately. Delaying dry cleaning after a garment has been stained can also cause the stain to become permanently set.

Care Labels Are Sometimes Wrong 

By federal law, clothing manufacturers care label must give you one way to care for your garment. However, in our business we see many misleading or downright wrong care lables. If every garment manufacturer that sewed in an incorrect label gave us a dollar, we’d be billionaires. Sometimes your professional cleaner may recommend a cleaning method that will work as well or beter. However, if you or your cleaner follow the care label instructions and the garment is damaged as a result, the store that sold it is responsible.

Designs, Patterns, Colors, or Coatings

Some designs, patterns, colors, or coatings are merely painted on or glued to a fabric’s surface. The beauty of these surface coatings can be adversely affected or can be totally lost with even the gentlest dry cleaning process or home laundering. You can identify a surface coating by inspecting the reverse side of a fabric. If the color or design has not totally penetrated the fabric, the garment may be unserviceable.

Garment Construction – Fabric Quality is Tested

The way that the manufacturer constructed the garment has a lot to do with how well it will look and wear after you buy it. Inner facings in suit jackets, collars, lapels, cuffs and blouse fronts may separate and pucker after washing or dry cleaning. Unfinished seam edges may unravel and poorly sewn button holes may come apart. The quality of the fabric will show their true colors, as the strong will survive, and the weak will perish.

Designer Labels Aren’t Always the Best

Many fashion designers sell the use of their name to any manufacturer who pays the price. The extra cost for their name is then passed along to you without any gain in quality. Very often the quality is decreased so the garment will remain competitively priced.

Fading Dyes

Fading occurs when a fabric is exposed to sunlight, artificial light, or even atmospheric gases. The color loss is very gradual and often goes undetected because the fabric is gathering soil at the same time. Dyes used on silk, acetate, leather, and suede are most susceptible to color loss or discoloration.

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