Posted on Friday, May 2nd
Description of Garment:
Gray Printed Blouse w/ Beaded Trimming
Manufacturer: I·N·C International Concepts
Care Label Instructions: Dryclean Only
Problem: This blouse is trimmed with beading that contains a plastic resin that is soluble in standard drycleaning solvent (perchloroethylene). When drycleaned, the trim dissolved and transferred onto the fabric, causing discolorations that cannot be corrected.
Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This blouse failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions. This was due to the solubility (in perchloroethylene) of the beaded trimming.
Recommendation: If this blouse fails when drycleaned in accordance with the care label instructions, it should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.
Drycleaner: Explain the potential serviceability issues to the customer. Since this
blouse may prove to be unserviceable when processed by the care label instructions, a signed release of liability should be obtained prior to acceptance. We have no data as to the serviceability of this garment in alternate solvents.
The NCA's Garment Analysis Laboratory examines thousands of garments every year for serviceability and FTC care labeling accuracy. The featured garment is a recurring item received for evaluation and, in testing, has failed to meet minimum industry standards. We have included the name or trade name of the fabric, the manufacturer, the RN number, if available, and a brief description of the problem.
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