NC Association of Launderers & Cleaners Inc.
16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
Consumers have a right to expect that textile products can be maintained and restoted to satisfactory condition fron soiling and stains from normal use. Only the manufacturer is in a position to know the cleanability of all the components of a textile product and their ability to withstand various cleaning processes. The manufacturer has an obligation to provide the consumer with a servicable item, instructions for a safe method of cleaning the item and a warning if there is a danger in using an alternative process which might appear logical ie home washing vs profesional wetcleaning or Perc vs HCL. The consumer really deserves to know if the item can be safely processed at home and by a professional drycleaning &/or wetcleaning. Likewise the professional cleaner needs to know if there are any restrictions on the solverts,spotting chemicals,cleaning cycles etc available to him/her that might damage the item. It is not practical and cost prohibitive for a cleaner to test every component of every iten he/she processes to verify that every component will fair well in the process he/she uses. Since the vast majority of textile products are partially if not wholely manufactured outside the US or fabricated in contract sewing rooms that dissapear as soon as this years style is finished,responsibility for the validity of the care label should rest with the Brand under which it is sold i.e.Tommy Bahamma etc. Their needs to be set of US CARE LABEL SYMBOLS that is required on all consumer textile products sold in the United States. these should include Professional Wetcleaning and consideration of all solvents currently in use in the US ie not banned. Thank you for the opportunity to express my comments. For your information in addition to serving as Executive Director of the NC Association of Launderers & Cleaners, I own and operate Fox Cleaners & Launderers in Greensboro, NC founded in 1947 by my father, mother and me. I also completed a number of hours of post graduate studies in Clothing & Textiles at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. I can be reached at .