laminated foam liner in this rather new jacket separated badly when
drycleaned as labeled, creating the blistered appearance.
Q: I have a
garment that indicates it can be drycleaned only. The shell fabric is joined to
a backing fabric with an adhesive. When I drycleaned the garment, the fabric on
the back became unglued. What caused the problem and who is responsible?
A: Bonded fabrics are two layers of cloth that are
held together by an adhesive or bonding agent. The purpose of bonding two
fabrics together is to provide greater stability and body to the face fabric or
to create a self-lined fabric.
If the bonding process is
not properly done or the adhesive is sensitive to the recommended care
procedure, the two fabrics can bubble/blister or separate. This is a problem attributable
to the manufacturing process and not the cleaning process.
For more information DLI Silver, Gold and Premier members
may see these and many more bulletins on DLI's Encyclopedia of
Drycleaning Online. Upgrade or join today for access:
- Fabrics & Fashions No. 409: Bonded and Laminated Fabrics
- TABS No. 334: Separation of Bonded Linings