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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Top 5 Causes of Color Loss on Garments

Here they are and in no particular order:
  1. Beauty and household products can contain alcohol, bleach, and other substances that could lead to color loss.  Use care when applying perfume, hairspray, lotion, and deodorant; A Cleaner World recommends that you apply these items before you dress, allowing them to completely dry or be absorbed before putting on garments.  In addition, use caution around pool water and when using cleaners with bleach, ammonia, or peroxide as these too can remove the color from your clothing.
  2. Failing to follow the garment’s care label could cause color loss, so be sure to follow the care label.  If there are instructions that specify that the garment be washed with similar colors, separately, or in cold water, that could indicate that the garment’s dye is unstable.  In addition, garments that are red or pink will likely bleed during washing, so wash these items with similar colors in cold water to minimize color loss and dye transfer.  Finally, clean all the pieces of a matching outfit at the same time to avoid any color discrepancies.
  3. Allowing a spot, spill, or perspiration sit on a garment too long before cleaning is a huge problem when it comes to color loss or color discrepancy.  Always address spills and stains as soon as possible.  If a stain is left untreated, it can begin to react with the fabric causing the fabric to change colors.  When the stain is finally removed, the fabric where the stain once was is now a different color.
  4. Exposure to intense lighting, including improperly storing garments, could lead to color
    loss.  In past blog posts, we’ve discussed color loss or fading by addressing how black garments seem to fade, and how certain colors and fabrics, in conjunction with outdoor activities, can lead to sun damage.  But you also need to remember to store garments away from natural and artificial light; a cool, dark closet is a good place for storage.
  5. A manufacturer’s defect could also be the cause of color loss, and if that is the case, even properly following the care label won’t help.  An example of this might be if the manufacturer uses fugitive dyes, which are not colorfast to cleaning solutions or water and will fade after the first cleaning or washing.  If this occurs, your professional dry cleaner can send the garment off to the International Textile Analysis Laboratory for an unbiased analysis of the garment.  If you purchase a garment that you suspect may have color problems, your professional dry cleaner can test it for colorfastness.  If the test shows that the colors may bleed, you could return it to the retailer.    


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