The National : THE NATIONAL Jan - Feb 2015
RESULTS The tested area was photographed after exposure to the white spirits and new areas of blue staining were clearly visible, particularly around the eye sockets, as can be seen in the photograph below left. DISCUSSION The garment has the most restrictive care label that can be used on garments in Australia – restricted processing in hydrocarbon solvent. The dry cleaner, having the equipment required to carry it out, has reported using this correct method of care on the garment. The colour run has therefore occurred as a result of a dry cleaning process that must be considered fully compliant with the requirements of the attached care labelling which means that the garment is not serviceable to the only method of care specified on the attached care labelling. Testing confirms that simple exposure of the dress to hydrocarbon solvent, in the form of white spirits, clearly causes the black printing to run and readily self stains onto the lighter areas of the dress with blue staining. This in turn means that the manufacturer of the garment must be held responsible for thisproblem as it is caused by unsatisfactory colourfastness of the print used on this garment. The dry cleaner has no control over the limited colourfastness of dyes and prints used in garments and can only follow the requirements of the attached care labelling. Attached to this report is a copy of technical bulletin TABS 415 Dye Migration During Dry Cleaning, published by the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute in the US. It explains the nature, appearance, causes, prevention, responsibilities and possible remedies for this type of problem. 14 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 Jim Kirby (DLI) suggested I test the fabric to white spirits. Luckily I still had the dress so I tested a section of it to white spirits and it recreated the same blue staining as on other parts of the dress. The above photo which shows this section. You can clearly see the blue staining, particularly around the eye holes.
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