What is the problem?
What does elastic stains look like?
What caused elastic stains?
This phenomenon occurs on garments which contain elastic made of natural rubber. Research has shown that certain types of rubberized material will deteriorate with age. When this deterioration occurs, the material lets off a gas which combines with atmospheric fumes and forms a discoloration or stain on neighboring fabric. This deterioration of the elastic occurs on the garment as it’s worn or stored and the chemical degradation develops gradually.
However, the heat necessary for drying or pressing after dry cleaning or laundering can accelerate this process causing the damage to become more apparent after cleaning.
Can elastic stains become prevented?
Elastics made of rubber and other materials which resists deterioration and self-staining should become used exclusively on fabrics intended for apparel design.
Who is responsible?
The manufacturer is responsible for selecting component materials which can withstand circumstances of continued consumer use and later care without causing an objectionable appearance.
Is there a remedy?
Once this type of staining occurs, there is no practical or safe method of restoration. White fabrics sometimes respond to bleach, but chlorine bleach will damage the rubber elastic.