16 CFR Part 423; Public Roundtable Analyzing Proposed Changes to the Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended #00007

Submission Number:
00007
Commenter:
David Feingold
Organization:
Fabricare Center
State:
Georgia
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 423; Public Roundtable Analyzing Proposed Changes to the Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended
Matter Number:

R511915

Having been in the dry cleaning business for over 37 years it is my professional opinion that changes need to be made to care label instructions. More often than naught, manufacturers are putting care labels on garments with complete ignorance of the cleaning process. I therefore suggest that requirements should be in place for manufacturers to provide more than one cleaning method on care label instruction. Particularly, it should be required to provide wet cleaning instructions and be labeled as professional wet cleaning. Adding the word professional will help to eliminate any consumer confusion regarding home washing instructions. Additionally, manufacturers need to be more responsible for the testing involved for problem garments such as garments with beads, sequins, buttons, dye transfer concerns or dye bleed concerns. These manufacturers may do testing on the fabrics individually but not on the complete garment itself. This results in popular garments such as black poly-spandex and sewn panels/trims of white fabric bleeding due to poor testing and improper labeling. Finally, consumers need to be made aware of this issue, the damaging effects it causes on garments and that the responsibility of which lies with the manufacturer.