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Shirt Damage

Q: I have a customer who is claiming that the damage on his shirts at the wrist and elbow are due to our cleaning process. How can I explain to him that this is a condition of wear?

A: The wear areas on this shirt show the fabric is very weak, thin, and separated. This type of damage results when the area is subjected to some repeated or hard local rubbing and abrasion at the elbow and wrist while the shirt is in use. This locally weakens the fabric causing it to become thin and threadbare. When the shirt is subjected to the necessary agitation of the cleaning cycle, the locally weakened area separates and pulls apart.
In addition, many shirts have a resin finish that is applied on fabrics during manufacturing to improve the properties of the fabric. For example, a wrinkle-resistant finish makes the fabric resist wrinkling and creasing. The resin finish has some disadvantages, however. It may reduce the tensile strength, tear strength, and abrasion resistance of the fabric.

For further reading, check out Technical Operating Information bulletin No. 629 in DLI's Online Encyclopedia of Drycleaning.
Posted By Harry Kimmel | 6/15/2016 10:48:51 AM