Q: I have
had several linen garments show holes after cleaning. These holes are in random
areas and have a square or rectangular appearance. What causes this damage?
damage results from the presence of resinous finishes applied to the fabric
during manufacture. These finishes can contribute to thinning or weakening of
the fabric. When the item is cleaned the damaged fibers will be removed,
resulting in holes. Most often damage of this type will be noted in creased or
folded areas, as well as areas that are subjected to rubbing and abrasion in
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