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Button Dye Stains

Button Dye Bleeding

Manufacturers often add trim materials to garments to enhance their appearance. Such items may include buttons, beads, appliques, or leather patches. Decorative buttons are one of the more popular tri...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/12/2018 1:04:11 PM

Color Loss From Bleach

Color Loss from Bleach

Caption: Accidental contact with an oxidizing bleach caused the color loss spots on the front of this shirt. Q: After drycleaning a light blue blouse I noticed small areas of color loss on the l...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/30/2015 9:46:36 AM

Color Loss on Khaki Pants

Khaki Pants

Q: My spotter is having a terrible time with color loss on the natural and khaki color fabrics. She uses oily type paint remover and flushes it out before drycleaning, but a faint color loss appear...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/24/2015 11:09:35 AM

Color Loss Streaks in Denim

steaked denim

Q: I washed some denim jeans and noticed lighter streaks throughout them. What can I do to prevent this problem? A: Color loss streaks of this type may result from a few sources. In some cases, t...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 7/27/2016 10:41:59 AM

Color Variance Due to Facing Materials


Q: My customer complained that the back of her jacket is discolored when she goes outside. What causes this color variance? A: In some cases, facing materials may also be used on the back panels....

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 6/21/2016 8:56:08 AM

Discoloration of Drapery Lining

Q: What is causing the discoloration on this drapery panel? A: This is a drapery lining fabric with a coating applied to achieve room-darkening qualities by blocking out light. The black substan...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/31/2015 10:29:18 AM

Dye Migration on Leather/Cloth Combos

Leather Trim Dye Bleed

Leather trim may be used on a variety of garments. In many cases, the leather trim can bleed after cleaning. Therefore, it is very important to check the care label before cleaning. Oils and dyes u...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/17/2017 1:46:35 PM

Fix Dye Bleeding from Body Oil

Q: I have a striped shirt that has dye bleeding in one small area on the back. I did not see any problem with the shirt until after it was washed. What could have caused this dye disturbance in suc...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/1/2016 2:53:54 PM

How to Clean Without a Care Label

Missing Care Lable Image

When garments do not have a care label, you must determine the safest method of cleaning for the garment. Following are a few quick tests you can perform to determine the cleanability of a garment. ...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/14/2018 10:49:39 AM

How to Test Color and Trim

Colorfast test

With today’s wide variety of colors and trims, it is important to test for colorfastness and cleanability before processing garments. A simple test can be done for colorfastness by wetting an unexpose...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/24/2017 10:22:19 AM

Mysterious Color Loss

Dye Bleed

Many times garments contain dyes that are completely colorfast to drycleaning solvents and to water. However, a component of the dye can be disturbed and/or removed by the use of moisture pre-spotters...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 2/9/2017 10:14:19 AM

Variances in Colorfastness

Suits on a rack

Q: I have a suit that no longer matches after drycleaning all the pieces in the same load. How can this be possible? A: Many times, matching pieces of an outfit are actually sold as separates. Yo...

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/11/2016 9:55:24 AM

Yellowing Garments

Yellowing caused by loss of optical brightener.

Q: Sometimes my customers return white garments and say they are now yellow or not as white as they were before cleaning. I do not believe it is redeposition, since I maintain my solvent carefully....

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 9/16/2015 11:17:35 AM
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