Can I Process a Garment with a 'Clean by Pile Method' Care Label?

Alan Spielvogel |

Q: Whenever a customer brings in a coat with a care label that reads “Clean by Pile Method,” I’ve sent it out for processing. Is it possible for me to clean these in my own plant?
A: Yes. Garments that have this type of care label are usually constructed of modacrylic fibers, and processing them doesn’t require any type of specialized equipment.
To process a coat with a “Clean by Pile Method” care label, you can use any type of solvent. Use a short cycle — around 2 minutes should do it — and a high solvent level. Reclaim the solvent at the lowest temperature that you can, depending on the type of solvent you’re using.
Hang the coat immediately after cleaning, and don’t use any steam in finishing.Have a processing problem? Click here to Ask The Expert!

About the author

Alan Spielvogel

National Cleaners Association (NCA)

Technical Director

Alan Spielvogel is technical director of the National Cleaners Association (NCA).


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