Weston Wear Dress
Posted on Friday, December 28th
Description of Garment:
Black Beaded Dress
Manufacturer: Weston Wear
Care Label Instructions: Dryclean Only
Problem: The beaded trimming on this dress contains a plastic resin that is soluble in the standard drycleaning solvent perchloroethylene. When drycleaned, the beading
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 dress fails when drycleaned according to 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 dress 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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