16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
To Whom It May Concern at the FTC: As material and garments have evolved so must the garment care label. Generally there are only three methods of cleaning a garment listed on a care label: hand wash, machine wash and dry clean. As technology has evolved over the years, there is now an alternative "Professional Wet Clean" dry cleaning method. I believe that adding Professional Wet Clean to the care label will help clarify the options of garment care to both the consumer and the dry cleaner. The care label system is to inform both the consumer and the dry cleaner of the material(s) in the garment and cleaning requirements(s) for multiple reasons. For the consumer it helps to evaluate the value of the garment at the time of purchase, to understand the required maintenance of the garment, an awareness of the materials and how the garment will perform over time, and a knowledge of the function ability of the material. For the dry cleaner it provides an absorbent amount of information regarding to the care of the garment. Knowing all the different material(s), and the tested cleaning methods recommended by the garment manufacture (hand wash, machine wash, dry clean, or wet clean) is an enormous benefit in determining how to handle the garment and the stains involved to achieve the best results. With this information they can provide better service to the consumer and avoid negligent damages. On a health note, being located in California where health, environment, and a sustainable lifestyle is important, I as a consumers search for garments that are wet cleanable. I am educated about the effects of Perc to my health and question the effects of some of the alternative solvents. An option to solvent dry cleaning is a much needed necessity. In conclusion, I would like to see the addition of Wet Clean to the care label along with the other recommended cleaning process for a particular garment. At the moment, wet clean is the safest, most sustainable garment cleaning process on the market for both professional and home use and should be recognized on the care label. I would like to further see enforcement of garment manufactures applying random (generic) care labels that do not refer to that garment or have not been tested for a particular cleaning method. Thank you for taking the time to review my comments.