16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
I believe that care labels are an important tool to protect the consumers. Only the manufacturer is able to determine the safe and appropriate methods to clean, dry and press a garment. There is nobody else who can do this in a timely manner. The label should include all methods of cleaning, drying and pressing. Just requiring one safe method is insufficient and can add confusion for the consumers. By requiring the manufacturers to include a complete, full care label, the consumer can be fully protected. Should a garment be damaged during cleaning, it would be easy to determine who is responsible: * If the garment is damaged by being cleaned in a manner that is not approved on the care label, then we know that the cleaner (professional or not) is responsible. * If the garmet is damaged when following the process approved on the care label, then we know the manufacturer is responsible. This is very clear-cut for the consumer, the manufacturer and any relevant cleaners. For the same reasons, it would be helpful to require care labels for household items such as comforters, drapes, etc.