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.