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Problems with Chenille

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 17:15

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
On many chenille-type fashions, the yarns tend to snag and pull out rather easily. Chenille yarn is mostly knit into sweaters, but can also be woven for other wearable fashions or household items, such as blankets and Afghans.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

Body Oil Shirt Stains… #6 in shirt series

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 09:00

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Shirts can sometimes show areas of dye disturbance after laundering.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Close examination reveals that the stained areas are mainly on the fabric where it comes into contact with the body, such as the neck, chest, or upper back. On solid colored (usually darker) shirts, the discoloration appears darker. On striped or plaid shirts, the staining looks like dye migration into the lighter areas.
WHAT CAUSED IT?

PUCKERED SHIRT COLLARS/CUFFS….#5 in shirt series

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 16:15

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The collar and/or cuffs of shirts are distorted and bubbled after the care process.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
There is a rippling or puckering of the outer fabric from one seam edge to the other. Sometimes hard creases or wrinkles appear after pressing.

COLOR LOSS IN WASHING . . . # 4 in shirt series

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 16:15

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The problem originates when washable items are washed according to proper procedures and they fade out to a lighter shade and/or the dye becomes streaked.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
On fabrics that are all one color, the dye may appear dull or faded overall. This shade variance can be uniform or be uneven. The edges and seams may have a more pronounced lightening of color or appear frosted. The surface can appear chalky or the fabric can look chafed or streaked.

More on Oxford Shirts . . . # 3 in shirt series

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:15

TEARS IN ONE DIRECTION OF COLORED SHIRTS

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The problem arises when the colored yarn-in mainly oxford cloth shirts-tears in one direction prematurely during
the laundering process.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The damage appears as thin horizontal tears. Close examination reveals that the damage is confined to only certain sets of the colored yarns while other-such as the white yarns-remain unaffected.

Underarm Damage to Shirts . . . # 2 in shirt series

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 16:15

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Mysterious weak areas and tears show up in the areas of the underarms in shirts made of cellulose, such as cotton,
rayon, ramie, or linen. This damage could occur in other cellulose fibers, as well as some cellulose blends, most
notably cotton and polyester.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The fabric is weakened and torn near the underarms, while the lower sleeves and body of the shirt remain strong. Sometimes, but not always, staining is noted in the area, such as a ring, streak, splotch, or a light area.

Oxford Cloth Shirts . . . holes

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 16:00

Oxford cloth shirts are popular in men's wear. They are easily washed and pressed and worn. There are some idiosyncracies to oxford cloth that we will share in this blog.

Small pinholes or broken yarn areas will randomly appear in various areas of an oxford weave shirt. It appears as small holes or certain sets of yarns missing in local areas for no apparent cause. In blue oxford cloth, it may appear as white spots where the thin blue yarns are missing and the thicker white yarns remain

What is Mildew?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 15:15

What does mildew look like and where does it come from?
Mildew stains are mysterious dark colored spots and small splotches that appear on a fabric from unknown sources. They often appear on garments or household
textiles in the form of small splatter-like spots. In some cases, a musty odor, like a damp basement, can be detected. The staining is usually asymmetrical and can have the shape of a “cross” or “star” wicking out from the edges. Mildew stains can be any color from pink to black but usually appear as brown, yellow, gray, or black spots.

Perspiration Stains

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 15:00

Perspiration stains appear as yellow or tan stains or even rust colored on garments after cleaning or over time after use or storage. They show up in areas that became damp with perspiration in wear, such as the underarms, neck, back and waistband. They can appear as rings, streaks, or splotches.

Wrinkles in Metallic Fabric

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 14:15

I am changing the style of this blog to share garment concerns that Martinizing customers have presented. We can all benefit from knowing more about textiles and the features they present. Metallic fibers . . .

Some fabrics contain a small percentage of metallic fibers blended with almost any other fiber combination, including cotton, rayon, silk, wool, polyester, and others. When dry cleaned or wet cleaned, appropriately, the once-smooth fabric takes on a distorted and wrinkled appearance.

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