Stretching
Surface Prints
Cotton Knits
Shrinkage
Pure Silk
Imitation Leather
Metallics (Lame)
Velvet
Fading
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SHRINKAGE
A fabric is subject to shrinkage if it was not pre-shrunk or the fabric was stretched to get more yardage during manufacturing. Examples are soft woolens, angora and drapery and upholstery fabrics. Leather and suedes can also be subject to shrinkage. It is unwise to purchase garments that "just fit".

PURE SILK
Silk is a delicate fabric. It may chafe, split or shred through normal wear, especially if the fabric is lightweight or if the garment is form-fitting. Bleeding may also occur through normal wear or during spotting (professional stain removal) and drycleaning. The dyes used on silk frequently bleed, resulting in color loss. Perspiration degrades silk fabric. Perfumes and deodorants adversely affect the color.

IMITATION LEATHER
Never dry-clean imitation leather made of vinyl. There is a likelihood of cracking or peeling. Imitation suede is dry-cleanable if the polyurethane was made with careful quality control, if not the imitation suede will peel and pucker. Imitation suede made by attaching loose fibers to a base fabric with adhesive (flocking) will be removed in normal wear or drycleaning leaving bald areas. Many flocked imitation suedes cannot be successfully cleaned.

Imitation leather and suede, though much improved, are complex materials. DAPPER DAN will accept them for dry cleaning, but only at the owners risk.


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