Shoulder Pads
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Most buttons present no problems during the cleaning process, but there are some types of buttons that should be avoided. Ask the salesperson where you purchase the garment if the buttons are safe in drycleaning. Although there are solvent-resistant buttons, some manufacturers continue to use polystyrene buttons that dissolve in the drycleaning solvent.

Button substances have specific affinities to certain dyes. When the improper dye is used, the button does not absorb or accept it. When moisture contacts the button, the dye bleeds onto the garment. This can occur in normal wear or when the garment is subjected to heat and moisture used during pressing the garment. These stains are often permanent and cannot be removed.

Diamond shaped glass is often inserted into buttons to give a more ornate appearance. The inserts are held in place by a glue that may not be permanent and the inserts could be lost in normal wear or due to the drycleaning solvent dissolving the glue.

Shoulder pads create fashion because the look and appearance of the garment is altered. The change to large shoulder pads as a fashion trend has created problems for consumers and drycleaners. Shoulder pads are an integral part of the garment and should be as serviceable as the garment. Improperly manufactured shoulder pads may break up, distort or shrink. Many are improperly fitted to the garment and after one cleaning or launder are totally unusable.