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 #00036 

Submission Number:
00036 
Commenter:
Kenneth Kinzer
Organization:
Beridgestone Cleaners & Laundry
State:
New York
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

Yes, I would like to see the FTC update it's definition of the words Dry Cleaning to include Silicone. I am a Green Earth Dry Cleaner and it will help my business if the definition was updated to properly reflect Green Earth which is gaining popularity and usage daily.I do Dry Clean 100% of ny garments in Green Earth. The care label symbols need to also be changed to include Silicone or changing the definition will not help my business. Green Earth should be included with the F Symbol which indicates that it is gentle to use. I feel that "Reasonable Basis" should include more problem items that dry cleaners experience such as Beading,Sequins,items prone to dye bleeding,Spandex,Elastic,Polyurethane and Vinyl. I do not think that the FTC should discontinue the use of terms such as "Dry Clean Only" or "Do Not Wash".I have been in the dry cleaning business for over 30 years and I know for a fact that all customers DO NOT read or even know what any Care Symbol means. Keeping the terms is very important and should be retained. The term Professional Wet Cleaning or Do Not Wash needs to be added to all applicable care labels as opposed to just Wet Cleaning. Using the term Wet Cleaning will be interpreted by customers that it's okay to wash at home which will result in damaging their own clothing at home. Professional Wet Cleaning does require specialized cleaning/ finishing equipement and detergents and training that are not available for customers use at home.