Posted on Friday, March 28th
Description of Garment:
Gray Blouse w/ Metallic Coated Leather Trimming
Care Label Instructions: Dryclean Only
Problem: This blouse contains a metallic coating that is affixed to the leather trimming with an adhesive binder. The adhesive binder partially dissolved when this blouse was drycleaned in perchloroethylene, causing the metallic coating to peel from the leather backing.
Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This blouse failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions due to the solubility (in perchloroethylene) of the adhesive binder.
Recommendation: If the above-mentioned damage occurs when this blouse is drycleaned in accordance with the care label instructions, it should be returned to it's place of purchase for a refund or exchange.
Drycleaner: Explain the potential serviceability issues to the customer. Although hydrocarbon solvent did not affect this coating during testing, we are of the opinion that the temperatures generated during reclamation may cause the adhesive binder to fail in any solvent type. 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 accepting this garment.
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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