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 #00047 

Submission Number:
00047 
Commenter:
David Marberry
Organization:
Marberry Cleaners and Launderers
State:
Illinois
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

This is a topic I was recently dealing with, we continue to see more and more problems specifically with dresses and coats. Traditionally dry cleaning was a "safe" method and when in doubt, it was the more conservative way to process a garment. (I have also found that dry cleaners tend to default to dry cleaning cause it is easier to press). Therefore we are seeing an increasing number of hand wash items that are being ruined through dry cleaning. It is the responsibility of the dry cleaner to go over every care label and the responsibility of the manufacture to include a safe method for cleaning. I find it would be helpful to have clearer instructions if a certain method would cause harm to a garment. I recently spent time at this website and found it to be very helpful. http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus50-clothes-captioning-complying-car... However, I worry dry cleaning is more frequently not becoming a safe method for cleaning as it once was. Best of Luck, David Marberry Marberry Cleaners and Launderers Board Member, Illinois Professionl Dry Cleaners Launderers Office (630) 587-2400 [redacted]