Color Loss From Oxidizing Agents
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH OXIDIZING AGENTS?
WHAT DOES OXIDIZING AGENTS ON CLOTHING LOOK LIKE?
WHAT CAUSED IT?
Solutions containing an oxidizing agent have contacted the fabric. As the agent became retained in the fabric, it reacted with the dyestuff and caused a color change.
Also, theyr’e found in the form of home bleaches, hair bleaches, disinfectants, scouring products, acne preparations, and some medicines. The agents often become used by drycleaners and launderers, the most common being bleaches. Also, the heat of deodorizing after dry cleaning will activate the bleach in the fabric, making the color damage evident.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
In most cases, the consumers responsible for allowing the solution containing the oxidizing agent to come in contact with the fabric. Professional launderers and dry-cleaners test before using oxidizing agents, therefore, there’s little chance of damage.
CAN HAVING OXIDIZING AGENTS COME INTO CONTACT WITH CLOTHING BE PREVENTED?
Always use bleach and solutions containing oxidizing agents with caution. Remember, consumers should avoid spillage of such products and the launderer or drycleaner should test before using.
IS THERE A REMEDY?
There’s usually no restoration for this type of color loss. However, in some cases, the item may become improved by having the article re-dyed by a professional dyer. Lastly, professional dyeing requires costly expertise and time and its availability becomes limited.
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