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Heat-Sensitive Outerwear

Heat-sensitive materials are often used in the construction of snow suits, hunting apparel, and outdoor jackets to increase water repellency and breathe-ability. Unfortunately, it is difficult for the cleaner to detect the presence of heat-sensitive fibers in component materials. This is because heat-sensitive materials are sandwiched between the lining and the shell and are usually not visible during casual inspection. In addition, some garments may not be labeled as to the fiber content or recommended care process. Following the care label is important. Care labels on items containing heat-sensitive materials may clearly warn that the item should be kept away from heat either during drying or finishing. At other times, the label may infer the presence of heat-sensitive materials by instructing that the article “drip dry,” for example. Distortion and shrinkage are the most common forms of damage to heat-sensitive materials. Considerable shrinkage may occur during routine steam finishing of the garment. Once puckering and shrinkage occur, the damage cannot be corrected. To prevent damage, be sure to warn your staff to inspect all outdoor winter garments carefully.
Posted 11/19/2018 1:01:05 PM
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