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Touch of Gray

Redeposition from lint filter

Q: I drycleaned a white wedding gown and it came out gray. My solvent was crystal clear, the filters are in great shape, and my solvent is flowing at the proper rate. What else could have caused this color change?

A: Check the gown again. Sometimes the problem is not necessarily the solvent. A closer examination may show physical signs of the discoloration such as very fine particles of lint. Excessive amounts of lint on the lint filter can fall back into the machine and redeposit onto garments. DLI recommends the lint filter be cleaned every 3–4 loads at a minimum.


Caption: The gray areas of this wedding dress were caused by lint being trapped in the lace and seams.

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 11/18/2015 10:04:44 AM