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Dye Fading from Light

Uncategorized May 14, 2013 Comments Off on Dye Fading from Light

#355 – Dye Fading from Light
Sometimes mysterious areas of color loss appear on clothes that are exposed for a period of time to
the sun or artificial light, after dry cleaning or washing. Some fabric dyes are more sensitive to light
than others, but all are much more sensitive to light if damp with moisture, such as perspiration, liquid
spillage and rain showers. Direct and indirect light sources contain invisible light spectrums, such as
ultra-violet rays, that can alter the chemical structure of dyes. Manufacturers must select durable dyes
appropriate for expected conditions of normal use and storage. Fabrics well into or past their expected
life cycle will eventually exhibit some normal light fading.

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