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Down Feathers Showing

Q: After I dryclean down jackets I can see the feathers showing through. Am I doing something wrong?

A: In many cases, on down filled garments the reverse side of the outer shell fabric is coated with a resin-type substance to aid in water repellence and down proofing. In this case, the coating used in manufacturing is soluble in drycleaning solvent. This causes a loss of the coating, which rendered the outer shell transparent. There is usually a variance in the color of some of the feathers that are used in these types of articles. Once the coating is removed, the darker colored feathers, as well as any other impurities that might be in the down, show through to the surface of the fabric. This condition is not attributed to any improper processing of the article. It is attributed to the methods used in its original construction. 

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 5/18/2016 11:10:36 AM
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