Colour Loss

colour loss

Colour loss has a number of causes

What causes colour loss?

There are many substances consumers may encounter in the course of the day that can cause colour loss. In many instances, discolouration does not appear until the item is cleaned. This will depend upon the composition and concentration of the staining substance, the type of fibre and dye stuff and the length of contact time. Typical colour loss problems are listed below.

  • Silk and acetates can be affected by alcohol products such as perfumes, colognes, hair spray and of course alcoholic beverages.
  • Bleaches come in many products including hair care products, skin lotions, cleaning products and disinfectants.
  • Exposure to light, either sunlight or artificial light, can cause colour fading or loss of colour where the ultraviolet rays can alter the chemical structure of dyes.
  • Wear abrasion colour loss can typically occur in the neck line, elbows, seat, knees and pockets or folds. The friction rubs off the dye on the surface of the fabric which will then be flushed away by the action of the cleaning process.

At R&R Fabricare we are professional DIA members and we have years of experience with garments of all shapes and sizes, avoiding colour loss is something we are well versed in when it comes to dry-cleaning methods, and we always take the utmost care with our Canberra Dry-cleaning clients garments.

R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston, Yarralumla and Mawson.  



Shrinkage remains one of the top five problem areas in dry-cleaning. However, well over half of the shrinkage problems are determined to be manufacturer related. There are 3 types of shrinkage – Progressive, relaxation, and felting.

Progressive shrinkage

Unstabilised fabrics can shrink on a cumulative or progressive basis. A small amount of shrinkage can occur with every clean which may go unnoticed until it becomes unsatisfactory to the customer.

Relaxation shrinkage

Relaxation shrinkage is attributed to the release of tension introduced to the fabric during manufacture. When the fabric is moistened during cleaning, the strain from the manufacture is released and the fabric returns to its more normal relaxed dimension.

Felting shrinkage

Felting shrinkage will occur in animal hair fibres such as wool, angora, cashmere and others. The surface of the fibres become entangled when exposed to heat, water, agitation, detergent or pressure, making the fabric become thick and compact. This type of shrinkage is not recoverable.

Dry-cleaning can cause shrinkage, but at R&R Fabricare we are professional DIA members and we know how to handle precious garments, so the risk is minimised or eliminated completely.

R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston,Yarralumla and Mawson.  

What you need to know about Trims

Sequins beads and Glitter

Sequins, beads, glitter and ornamental trimming are back in style, especially with the Winter Ball Season on the way in Canberra. You will find them on dresses, jackets, sweaters and handbags. If you have purchased or plan to purchase a garment with this attractive trim, please be aware:

  • Sequins are always delicate, but they can be serviceable if they are made properly. Unserviceable sequins can lose colour, lose shine or curl. If the thread holding them is inferior, it may break and allow the sequins to unravel. Unserviceable beads can dissolve or transfer dye to the surrounding fabric. Glitter which is glued on will almost always fall off during dry-cleaning or washing.
  • At RR Fabricare we are DIA professionals and we have the know-how to preserve the beauty of these fashionable and expensive garments, unless they are trimmed with inferior or unserviceable sequins, beads and trimming. You should return unserviceable garments to your place of purchase.

Reputable dry-cleaners should have a fair policy on these types of garments.



R&R Fabricare has been servicing Canberra since 1933 and can now be found in 3 convenient locations, Weston, Yarralumla and Mawson.  


Silk – Caring for that precious garment

Silk is one of the oldest known textile fibres and is recognized for its beauty, lustre and comfort. At R&R Fabricare we ask that you consider taking some simple steps to your silk garment looking its very best.


  • Always store silk in a cool dry place. Never expose silk to prolonged sunlight.
  • Be aware that perspiration and some deodorants can combine to create some of the most common causes of discoluoration, colour loss and deterioration of silk fibres – clean your silks regularly if permanent damage is to be avoided.
  • Some dyes on silk fabrics may bleed when wet with solutions containing alcohol – such as perfumes, cosmetics, some antiperspirants and alcoholic drinks etc Consult our professional dry-cleaning team in Canberra for expert advice if you are not 100% sure on what you are doing with such a delicate garment.
  • Never attempt to remove stains from silk by rubbing especially when damp, silk fibres are delicate and are easily damaged, always seek a dry-cleaner with experience in dealing with silk.
  • Do not store silk in a soiled state. Consult a Dry-Cleaning Institute of Australia Industry Professional and point out any stains that are not readily apparent, they will advise on an appropriate course of action.

R&R Fabricare has been dry cleaning Canberra since 1933. We are one of the oldest and respected names in the dry-cleaning industry and that continues today with a fresh new look. Combining experience with local knowledge and a friendly staff to assist you with your dry-cleaning needs.

Contact us on 02 6286 3695 or visit one of our 3 Canberra locations at Yarralumla, Mawson and Weston for all your dry-cleaning needs.