16 CFR Part 423 - Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (the “Care Labeling Rule”), Project No. R511915 #00017 

Submission Number:
00017 
Commenter:
David Chen
Organization:
Fresh Cleaners At Lodi
State:
California
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 423 - Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (the “Care Labeling Rule”), Project No. R511915

If the word professional does not precede the words wet cleaning, most people will think they can just clean the piece at home in a regular washing machine, which is not always the case. The garment can become damaged or even ruined if it is not handled properly. I use GreenEarth in my operation so I would like to see a care label which specifies GreenEarth as the preferred method of cleaning and not just the general term of ‘dry clean only’. Not all solvents are gentle enough to clean without damaging the garment and this should be properly represented on a care label. Also, labels should say “Do not wash” if the item can be wetcleaned or drycleaned. It would be useful if the examples that are considered to be part of the “reasonable basis” should be expanded to include things like vinyl, elastic and acetates.