Posted on Friday, November 2nd
Description of Garment:
Leopard Print Top w/ Beaded Trimming
Care Label Instructions: Dryclean Only
Problem: The beading is fabricated of a plastic resin that is soluble in standard drycleaning solvent (perchloroethylene). Because of this, the trimming dissolved when this garment was drycleaned in accordance with the care label instructions.
Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This dress failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions. This was due to the solubility (in perchloroethylene) of the trimming.
Recommendation: If this top fails during the drycleaning process, 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 top may prove to be unserviceable when drycleaned by the care label instructions, a signed release of liability should be obtained prior to its acceptance for processing. 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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