The Federal Trade Commission reviews the addition of Wet Clean to garment care labels

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the need to add Wet Clean to the garment care label. Post a public comment before September 6, 2011.


The care label system is to inform both the consumer and the dry cleaner of the material(s) in the garment and cleaning requirements(s) for multiple reasons. For the consumer it helps to evaluate the value of the garment at the time of purchase, to understand the required maintenance of the garment, to understand the materials and how the garment will perform over time, and an understanding of the function ability of the material. For the dry cleaner it provides an absorbent amount of information regarding to the care of the garment. As a professional, knowing all the different material(s), and the tested cleaning methods recommended by the garment manufacture (hand wash, machine wash, dry clean, or wet clean) is an enormous benefit in determining how we handle the garment and the stains involved to achieve the best results. With this information we can provide better service to the consumer and avoid negligent damages.


On a health note, being located in California where health, environment, and a sustainable lifestyle are important, many consumers are searching for garments that are wet cleanable. They are educated of the effects of Perc and question the effects of some of the alternative solvents. At the moment, wet clean is the safest non toxic, most sustainable garment cleaning process on the market for both  professional and home use and should be recognized on the care label.


The addition of Wet Clean to the care label along with the other recommended cleaning process for a particular garment will give the consumer a better understanding of the garment and their options.


Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners

Your non toxic alternative, proudly leading the way in garment care today and into a healthy future.

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