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The Drycleaning Process: Bad For Clothing?

This common misconception has been making its way through the rumor mills for years; that the drycleaning process is actually bad for clothing. Unfortunately, it is myths such as these that often lead consumers to blame, and ultimately sue, drycleaners when something bad happens to their clothing after a visit to the cleaners. Not only is it imperative to be financially protected from such suits with a Drycleaner Insurance Policy, it’s also important to inform consumers of these myths and educate them on what drycleaning is, and what really causes their clothing to deteriorate.

In response to a GQ Magazine article late last year, NCA Executive Director Nora Nealis took issue with many false statements made about the drycleaning process, namely that drycleaning “chemicals” could actually break down the delicate fibers of clothing and should be used rarely. Nealis points out that there have been scientific studies proving this is not true. Regular drycleaning, Nealis says, can actually extend, not shorten, the life of a garment.  In fact when garments are not cleaned on a regular basis, the following damages may and often do occur, with the fault unfairly falling on drycleaners.

Heat, Humidity, and Age Cause Oils. Even if the soils or stains from these oils are not visible at first, once they are oxidized they can cause permanent discolorations, which is why routine drycleaning is essential.

Fiber Degeneration Occurs from Acids and Chloride Salts in Perspiration. Certain fabrics, such as silk and acetate, are particularly susceptible to this type of damage.

Airborne Particulates Settle on Fabrics. This can include dust, grit, and dirt, all of which are abrasive and can cause physical damage to fibers while the garments are being worn.

Insects are Attracted to Certain Clothing. Insects such as moths, beetles and cockroaches are attracted to protein-based fibers. This includes wool and silk. When a garment is routinely drycleaned, the eggs or larvae are flushed away by solvent before significant damage is done.

At Irving Weber Associates, we understand the risks of legal claims that exist in the course of conducting your business. We offer laundry insurance programs such as the FabriCare Advantage  program and more, to ensure that you are financially protected the best way possible, so that your business can continue to thrive. Please contact us today to learn more at (855) 764-7406.