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Category Garment Problems

Mysterious Color Loss

Many times garments contain dyes that are completely colorfast to drycleaning solvents and to water. However, a component of the dye can be disturbed and/or removed by the use of moisture pre-spotters...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/9/2017 10:14:19 AM

Stretching Acrylic Knits

Q: Many knit garments are constructed of acrylic yarn. Sometimes permanent stretching or distortion occurs after cleaning and steam finishing acrylic knits. Why does this happen? A: Professional c...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 1/9/2017 2:07:41 PM

Chenille Sweaters

Q: How do you clean a sweater with soft, fuzzy yarns in the fabric? What type of fiber is this? A: The sweater described is made with chenille yarns. Short fibers are inserted in the yarn to make ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/15/2016 3:00:32 PM

Acid Damage on Cellulose Fibers

DLIís Garment/Textile Analysis Laboratory has seen holes in garments that contain cellulose fibers, such as cotton, rayon, linen, and ramie. The fabric is locally weak. Usually, some discoloration is ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/1/2016 12:45:56 PM

Detached Sequins

Q: I cleaned a dryclean-only sequined dress in a net bag on a short cycle and all the sequins were removed. What went wrong? A: The sequins were held onto the fabric with a solvent-soluble glue. W...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/4/2016 12:28:14 PM