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.