What Types of Rayon Exist?
Rayon is manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose derived from wood pulp or cotton linters. Discovered in 1846, Rayon is the oldest manmade fiber. It is absorbent and comfortable to wear; dyes and prints easily; and is resistant to alkalis and moths.
How Do You Care for Rayon?
Rayon is very sensitive to water. Many dyes applied to Rayon are not colorfast and will bleed or migrate upon contact with moisture. In addition, manufacturers often add sizing to Rayon in order to achieve a desired body or drape. Some sizing’s are water-soluble, and washing will distort the shape of the garment.
Dry cleaning is recommended for most Rayon garments because a professional cleaner is able to solve most of these problems. However, some dry cleanable garments may contain dyes and sizing’s that are water-soluble.
Simple Answers to Common Questions
Q. Does frequent drycleaning shorten the life of a garment?
A. To the contrary, frequent cleaning prolongs the life of a garment. Not only do stains set with age, making the garment unwearable, but ground-in dirt and soil act as an abrasive, like sandpaper, causing rapid wear of fibers. Also, insects are attracted to soiled clothes and will cause further damage.
Q.When a garment’s label says “washable,” does this mean it cannot be drycleaned?
A. Not necessarily. The Care Label Rule states that only one suitable method of care must be on the label. Cleaners usually follow the care instructions, unless otherwise requested. If you want your washable items drycleaned, the cleaner may ask you to sign a waiver
Q. Are suede and leather cleaned the same way as other fabrics?
A. No. Special procedures and additives are used on leathers to help retain their color and texture. Sometimes suedes and leather are redyed to replace color loss. It is not always possible to replace or match the colors.
Q. Does drycleaning shrink clothes?
A. Usually not. The drycleaning process is carefully controlled by professional cleaners.
Q. Should I store my clean garments in the plastic bag they are returned in?
A. The bags are provided by the cleaner to protect the garment until you get it home. It is best to store garments uncovered or in fabric garment bags.
Q. Is it safe to wetclean a garment with “Dryclean Only” care instructions?
A. When determining if a garment can be safely wetcleaned, the cleaner will look at the fiber content, fabric construction, colorfastness, trims, and other components such as interfacings and linings.
Q. Can a drycleaner prevent dye bleeding or fading of a fabric?
A. No, the manufacturer must thoroughly test the dyes to make sure they are colorfast to both solvent and/or water.
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