Garments with Contrasting Colors or Trim
Many garments are designed with dark fabrics and white trim or white
fabrics and bright colored trim such as red piping. When these fabrics are
labeled washable, people often complain that the colors have "run." The
white shirt becomes streaked with pink from the red trim.
Sometimes this problem can be resolved by rewashing the garment in a
heavy-duty detergent with warm or hot water. The excess dye that was not
permanently in the trim is not likely to be very firmly deposited in its new
location either, and sometimes a simple repeat washing will rinse it away.
Sometimes bleaching will help, but often the bleach will change the color of
the trim and further change the appearance of the garment.
Since there are no regulations about color-fastness labeling, there is
little that consumers can do when they have problems with color-fastness
except complain to the manufacturer or retailer who sold the goods. As long
as care labeling procedures have been carefully followed, most reputable
businesses will respond to your complaint in a positive way.
Although it may cramp your style, a way to avoid these problems is to not
buy clothing with extreme color contrasts.
Special thanks to Iowa State University for allowing us to reproduce this
Reproduced with permission from the Cooperative Extension Service, Iowa
State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011.
Prepared by: Janis Stone,
Textiles and Clothing Specialist,
Iowa State University
No endorsement of companies or their products mentioned is intended, nor
is criticism implied of similar companies or their products not mentioned.