Dingy Whites Got You Down?

If your summer whites seem a little yellow after dry cleaning, the most likely cause is a breakdown of fabric finish used to make the garment appear brighter and whiter. Bright white is not really a natural shade of fibers, yarns and fabrics. Many times, manufactures brighten and whiten fabrics by using special florescent whiting agents or optical brighteners. Some of these brightening finishes have a somewhat limited durability to use and storage conditions. These finishes can yellow when exposed to light and atmospheric gasses for long periods of time. The areas of a garment which receive more light exposure may show a more pronounced discoloration. In some cases, an entire garment may turn yellow or off-white. Dry cleaning can sometimes accelerate this process, though the change is not due to any improper action taken by a dry cleaner. Almost all whites fabrics will eventually yellow to some degree from oxidation of the original finish, storage and age.

One response to “Dingy Whites Got You Down?”

  1. Carrie Green says:

    Those dingy whites are tough.