Sometimes, we get items that come to us that are whats called “Fume Faded”. This means, not that our Dry Cleaning solutions fumes have faded your clothes, or that we smell really bad! It means that there is a type of color change usually on garments containing acetate, but some other fabrics may also be affected. The color change is usually found on exposed portions of the garment such as the shoulders and sleeves of a blouse, or the waist, or cuffs of pants.
“Fume Fading” color changes normally involve blue or green acetate turning a reddish hue. But sometimes other color changes can occur. The color change is found on both sides of the fabric, unlike sun fading which only affects the outer surface. Notice the slight Reddish tint in the pictures.
Its caused by some dyes used on acetate that are sensitive to the effects of nitrogen oxide gases found in our atmosphere (Crazy huh?!). These gasses are formed when the air comes in to contact with a heated surface. The gases collect on the garment as it is worn or stored, and color changes develop gradually. The heat necessary for deodorizing after dry cleaning can make the color change more apparent after the cleaning process.
The fabric manufacturer is responsible for selecting the special dyes that can minimize this problem. Once this color change develops, it’s usually permanent.