Posted on Friday, June 6th
Description of Garment:
White Raincoat w/ Brown Leather Trimming
RN#: Not available
Care Label Instructions: "Professionally Dry Clean Only "
Problem: When drycleaned in perchloroethylene, the brown dyestuffs from the leather trimming became fugitive and transferred onto the shell of the coat causing discolorations that cannot be corrected.
Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This coat proved to be unserviceable when drycleaned in accordance with it's care label instructions (care symbol (P) means that the garment can be drycleaned in any solvent except for trichloroethylene).
Recommendation: If this garment fails when drycleaned as instructed by the care label, it should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.
Drycleaner: Although the dyestuffs were not soluble in hydrocarbon or silicone solvents when tested, we are of the opinion that the dyestuffs may also be affected by the heat generated during the reclamation cycle with any solvent type. Since there may be a potential serviceability issue concerning this coat, we suggest that a signed release of liability be obtained prior to its acceptance for processing.
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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