Submission Number: 00075
Received: 8/29/2011 1:31:58 PM
Commenter: William Huie
Organization: Pacific Heights Cleaners
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: 16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915
Attachments: No Attachments
To Whom It May Concern at the FTC:
As all things evolve so must the garment care label. At on time there were only three general methods of cleaning a garment: hand wash, machine wash and dry clean. But as technology evolved there is now another alternative “Professional Wet Clean.” We believe that adding Professional Wet Clean to the care label will help clarify the options of garment care to both the consumer and 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, to understand the materials and how the garment will perform over time, and an understanding 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. As a professional, 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 we handle the garment and the stains involved to achieve the best results. With this information we 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 are important, many consumers are searching for garments that are wet cleanable. They are educated of the effects of Perc and question the effects of some of the alternative solvents.
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.