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From: Carol in ME
Date: 05-06-2006, 08:12 AM (1 of 3)
I have been asked to make some sheer panels for a restaurant. They will be made out of a material listed as "translucent muslin," It's almost like gauze, but with more body (100% cotton). Customer has decided that these will be dry-cleaned once a year, or so. Will cotton shrink if it's dry-cleaned? Thanks in advance.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: shadylady
Date: 05-06-2006, 09:02 AM (2 of 3)
It might, and probably will. The only way to know for sure, is to test a piece and in fact, it will probably be best to have it all pre-cleaned first, to preshrink it. The other problem you may have is that the fabric may need to be fire retardant treated, also. You or they need to call the fire marshall first to make sure. If a fire happens down the road, it could come back to you, if you don't do this.
User: shadylady
Member since: 09-19-2003
Total posts: 58
From: Chrysantha
Date: 05-06-2006, 09:37 PM (3 of 3)
Dry cleaning cotton may also turn it 'colors'...I dry cleaned some WHITE cotton curtains once and they came back PINK. (of course it wasn't the cleaners never is....they also smelled so bad of chemicals I couldn't bring them into the house...). I'd be careful....
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
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