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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some Facts about Care Labels

I always enjoy talking to Mike Taylor, Managing Partner of our A Cleaner World Roanoke Division. Besides being a really nice man, he’s been in the dry cleaning industry for over thirty-five years so he has a wealth of information in his head.

During our last conversation, Mike mentioned that care labeling for clothing years ago was just awful. “But it really didn’t matter that much,” he said. “There were just a few fabric types, and they were easily identifiable. These days, as fabrics have evolved over the years, you can’t dry clean everything.” I guess I didn’t realize that, so I decided to do some investigating.

According to paxar.com, in 1972 the FTC launched the Care Labeling Rule, and for the first time, manufacturers were required to label their clothing with instructions for at least one safe cleaning method. All garments sold in the United States must have a care label, or it is considered unfair and deceptive on the part of the manufacturers.

Mike believes that manufacturers do a good job putting care labels in garments these days. And like on comforters, he warns against removing the label. Otherwise you increase the risk of damaging the garment. He also says that fewer garments are mislabeled these days. Though he did tell me about a tag that he kept in his desk for years that said:

Dry Clean Only
Machine or Hand Wash, Tumble Dry Low
Do Not Dry Clean

Oops.

To download a care label guide for your laundry room, click here.

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