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Synthetic suede

  1. 1. INTERNATIONAL FABRICARE INSTITUTE BULLETIN SYNTHETIC SUEDE WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?, The problem occurs when rough, thin, or weak areas begin to appear on synthetic suede fabrics. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? The surface of the fabric appears pilled, rough, thin, and abraded. In some cases, the non- woven fabric actually wears through creating holes. Many times this problem originates in areas of wear, such as the shoulders, elbows, seat, edges, etc. WHAT CAUSED IT? Some non-woven fabrics are constructed of thin, synthetic fabrics in order to create a soft drape and hand. However, these thin fabrics are not always durable and can damage from repeat- ed friction in use. The agitation of normal cleaning processes can cause the already weak- ened and degraded fabric to fray further and form holes. CAN IT BE PREVENTED? There is no prevention other than the use of thicker, heavier fabrics. TABS-209 November 1994 The surface of the fabric on this blazer appears pilled and abraded as a result its thin, non-woven construction. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? On items that are relatively new, the manufac- turer must be held responsible for using materi- als that do not perform satisfactorily to normal wear and care conditions. Non-woven fabrics constructed of heavier materials do not appear to wear so rapidly. IS THERE A REMEDY? Once this type of damage occurs, there 1S no way to repair it. 0 © Intemational Fabricare Institute, Silver Spring, MD 1994. Printed in the United States. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems with out permission from the publisher.

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