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Why your dark colored garments look dull and faded

eyedropper solventA new client asked me why her dark colored garments looked progressively dull and faded every time she got them back from the dry cleaners.

My response was that dark colors -- blacks, reds, greens, purples, etc. -- dull and fade for two reasons.

First, dry cleaning your dark colored garments and household textiles in "dirty dry cleaning solvent" will tend to dull your colors.

At a true quality cleaner, the dry cleaning solvent or fluid is always crystal clear. As clear as bottled mountain spring water. So cleaning your fine garments and household textiles in crystal clear dry cleaning solvent or fluid won't dull your dark colors.

Second, perchloroethylene (also known as "perc") and synthetic petroleum - the dry cleaning solvents used by 97% of all cleaners - are not chemically inert. This means that these dry cleaning solvents react chemically with the dyes in your garments. The result? "Bleeding", "pulling" or "fading" of dyes.

At RAVE FabriCARE, our siloxane dry cleaning fluid is chemicaNavy shirt on hangerlly inert. This means that our dry cleaning fluid does not react chemically with the dyes in your fabrics. The result? No "bleeding" or "fading" of dyes.

For example, if I cleaned a load of brand new black or red garments, with our filters turned off, the color of my dry cleaning fluid will be crystal clear. If the same garments were to be cleaned in perc, petroleum or synthetic petroleum, with the filters turned off, the color of the dry cleaning solvent will be slightly black or red respectively.

Where does the dye come from? You guessed it. Right out of your garments!

Does your cleaner guarantee the color intensity of all your dark colored garments? Or are they quick to attribute any dulling or fading of color to a "manufacturing defect" involving fabric or dye?

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