Q: I just drycleaned a lovely multicolor floral comforter and the flower
print is now faded. What happened and how can this type of damage be prevented?
A: Many household items sold today, such as
quilts, bedspreads, and comforters, are labeled as washable and may not be drycleanable.
The pigment colors used to apply the designs are more likely to be affected by
drycleaning solvents than washing formulas. Manufacturers, however, are not
required to permanently affix a care label on these household items. Therefore,
it would be advisable to perform a simple colorfastness test prior to cleaning
to determine the care process (careful wetcleaning or drycleaning) that will
best protect the colors. Of course, regardless which care procedure is
determined to be the safest, we suggest you reduce the cycle
considerably, since prolonged chemical contact and excessive mechanical action
is much riskier and not usually necessary on such items.