Submission Number: 00044
Received: 8/17/2011 6:39:57 PM
Commenter: Nancy Staal
Organization: Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
Attachments: No Attachments
The care labels are extremely important to the cleaning industry and clothing consumers. As a dry cleaner, my cleaning and front counter staff are required to read each label so that they can select the best method for cleaning a garment. We rely on the labels-- they provide not only information on fabric, but also clues for handling excess dye, drying method and finishing techniques. Japanese or Chinese script also provide care clues about where a garment was made and purchased. We use that information to make cleaning decisions. Consumers benefit from labels that tell them how much shrinkage to expect from a cotton garment or how to clean the garment to avoid shrinkage. I would really hate to see labeling disappear. The general public doesn't sew and doesn't handle textiles anymore. The general public does not understand textile limitations and does not have realistic expectations for garment care. The lableing is invaluable.