Q: I had a
randomly pleated scarf with a dryclean only care label. All of the pleats
opened up after drycleaing. The scarf was not acceptable to my customer. Is
there any thing I can do to restore it?
A: Many of
today’s garments contain random pleating called broomstick pleating. They may
be made of different fabrics.
How long the pleats will remain sharp
and clearly defined depends on the fiber contents, how the pleats were set, and
the care given to the garment. Pleats in garments made from rayon and silk
often have less permanency than polyester. Garments with broomstick pleats
should be processed according to the care instructions. Lost pleats due to
improper care or pressing are typically the responsibility of the cleaner.
In stain removal, dryside stain removal
agents should not affect the pleats. However, wetside stain removal procedures may
result in loss of pleats. Test in an inconspicuous area.
A broomstick-pleated article should be
cleaned in a net bag.
If the manufacturer suggests wetcleaning,
immerse into the washing solution, rinse, and lightly extract. The garment may
be lightly twisted, tied into a knot or slipped into a nylon stocking, and
Some garments may eventually require
repleating. In some cases the garment has to be sent to a pleating company.
Before sending the garment to a pleating company, repleating can be attempted
at the plant. Pick up the pleats with your fingers and gather them as if trying
to make a rope. Twist the pleats in the shape of a rope and tie them with a
string to secure. Place the garment on the buck of the utility press; roll the
article while steaming. Apply light pressure with a pressing pad. Untie the
garment after it cools down.
In most cases a garment can be restored
by the above method. Successful repleating/restoration depends on the fiber
contents and the condition of the garment.