Brooks Bros. Shirt

Description of Garment:

 Beige Shirt w/ Maroon and Black Checkered Design

Manufacturer: Brooks Brothers

RN#: Not available

Care Label Instructions: "Machine Wash Warm, Tumble Dry Low"

Problem: When this shirt was laundered in accordance with the care label instructions, the black yarns disintegrated in random areas throughout the shirt.

Responsibility: The manufacturer's. The red and black yarns were "sulphur dyed" Since the black yarns were not properly neutralized after the dyeing process, a sulfuric acid build-up took place on them. The warm water temperatures used during the laundering of the shirt as well as the heat produced during the finishing process activated the sulfuric acid, causing the affected yarns to disintegrate.

Recommendation: If this shirt fails when laundered as instructed by the care label, it should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.

Drycleaner/Launderer: Advise the customer that this shirt may fail during the laundering process due to the defective nature of the dyestuffs.

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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