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Allergic Reaction


Q: My customer said the jacket I cleaned is causing her skin to itch. Is this possible?

A: Some individuals are sensitive or allergic to certain fibers, dyes or finishes present on a fabric from manufacture.

Sensitivities can vary from the season of the year or with the health of the individual. If the garment in question is several years old, the customer may have developed a sensitivity to the fiber. If the garment is new, there may be a finish on the item that is causing the unpleasant reaction.

If the item is sent for an analysis, the fabric can be tested for the presence of acid or alkaline residues. Drycleaning solvent is neutral. Indicators can also detect the presence of formaldehyde residues that sometimes remain on the fabric from manufacture and can be the cause of skin irritation.

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/12/2016 10:05:51 AM