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Bonded Fabrics

Caption: The 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.

Suggested Reading

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

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 10/16/2015 9:47:21 AM