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 lower right front panel. The
blouse was not treated for stain removal while in the plant. What could have
caused the color loss?
A: One of
the most common causes of color losses in localized areas is contact with an
oxidizing agent, such as a bleach, prior to the cleaning process. Oxidizing
agents are found in hair care products, acne preparations, medicines for the
skin, home bleaches, disinfectants, scouring products, and other cleaning agents.
The discoloration may not show up until the item is exposed to the heat in the
drying cycle or steam finishing. The drycleaning process is a total immersion
process and cannot cause localized areas of color loss. A color loss from an
oxidizing agent is permanent. In some cases, it may be masked by the use of a
dye pad or dye pencil, or by re-dyeing the entire garment.
DLI Silver, Gold and Premier members may also see these items in the Encyclopedia of Drycleaning Online:
- Shirt Laundry Procedures No. 32 - Facts About Hypochlorite Bleaches
- TABS No. 319 - Loss of Color from Bleach
- TABS No. 397- Bleach Causes Fabric Damage
- Industry Focus - Use of Bleaches in Stain Removal