Heads Up! Ashley Stewart Blouse

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The garment: A white linen & rayon blend blouse with various types of fancy bead trim at the neck. The care label reads, Dry Clean Only. There are no International Cleanability Symbols. 

The problem: During professional drycleaning, as labeled, the black plastic trim partially dissolved resulting in an objectionable appearance to the trim, as well as self-staining of the nearby dress fabric. The plastic used to make some of the trim on this dress dissolves during drycleaning. Much of the other trim was durable and went through drycleaning without damage.

Who s responsible? The manufacturer, since all components on a garment must be able to withstand the recommended professional cleaning process.

What to do: This blouse should be returned to the place of purchase or manufacturer.

Reprinted from International Textile Analysis Labrotory’s HeadsUp for this garment, publication. Click here to download that document. 

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