Searle Blatt Studio

Description of Garment:

 Black Coat w/ Pile Lining

Manufacturer: Searle Blatt Studio

RN#: Not Available

Care Label Instructions: Dryclean Only

Problem: The fabric consists of a polyester face fabric that is foam bonded to a tricot backing, using polyurethane as the bonding agent. When drycleaned in perchloroethylene, the polyurethane foam partially dissolved causing the distortion of the fabric. In addition, the dissolved polyurethane binder dissolved and migrated onto the surface of the fabric, causing discolorations that cannot be corrected.

Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This coat failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions. This was due to the solubility of the polyurethane bonding agent in drycleaning solvent.

Recommendation: If this coat fails when drycleaned in accordance with it's care label instructions, it should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.

Drycleaner: Advise the customer of the potential serviceability issue concerning this garment. We recommend that a signed release of liability be obtained prior to accepting this coat for processing. We have no data concerning 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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