TEARS, RIPS OR
THE PROBLEM SOLVER
Relaxation shrinkage can occur in knit fabrics that have been improperly stretched
and elongated by the manufacturer.
into shape after each wash and dry cycle.
Progressive or delayed shrinkage is caused when starch or sizing (in some fabrics)
is gradually removed by laundering. This may also be noticed in older garments that
have been washed many times without previous shrinkage. Treat as for relaxation
Shrinkage caused by overheating occurs in certain knit fabrics tiat have been heat-
shaped. When washing, drying or ironing temperatures exceed the temperatures
to shape set, shrinkage may occur. This cannot be corrected, but it can be prevented
by washing in cool or warm water and drying on Low or Delicate heat.
Leaving clothes in dryer after tumbling stops. Remove and hang clothes immediately.
Too many clothes in dryer. Dry only one washer load at a time. Do not combine loads.
Improper loads. Avoid laundering heavy Permanent Press items, such as work clothes,
with lighter Permanent Press items such as shirts or blouses. Do not wash Permanent
Press items with regular laundry.
Too many clothes in washer. Permanent Press loads should always be smaller than
regular loads.. .no more than medium loads to give clothes room to move freely.
Incorrect wash and dry cycles. Use Permanent Press Wash cycle which provides
a cooldown rinse to minimize wrinkling. Also use Permanent Press Dry cycle.
Incorrect water level. Use Large Water Level for Medium Load, Medium Level
Repeated washing in too hot water. Wash in cold or warm water with plenty of
Accumulation of lime scale due to use of carbonate detergents. If you must use
a non-phosphate detergent, avoid the use of high-carbonate-built detergent.
Failure to use fabric softener. Proper use will minimize wrinkling.
If unsuccessful, retumble on high heat for 10 to 12 minutes and hang immediately.
Send to dry cleaners for pressing.
Some wrinkles mav remain which cannot be removed.
Pins on garments or sharp objects left in pockets. Check to make sure all such objects
are removed. Also check wash tub.
Snaps, hooks, sharp buttons, belt buckles, zippers. Fasten hooks, zippers and buttons.
Remove sharp buttons and belt buckles. This is especially important in washing knits
which snag easily. Turn knits inside out.
improper use of chlorine bleach. Use only correct amount of bleach. See Other
Laundry Products section. Never add undiluted bleach to wash tub or allow clothes to
come into contact with undiluted bleach. Do not wipe up bleach spills with clothes.
Small, unnoticed tears may enlarge during washing process. Check garments before
washing and mend all rips and tears.
When this occurs, garment may be pressed back