Damage to Sheer Interfacings~ TABS- Jim Kirby, Textile Analyst Specialist
What Is The Problem?
Some garments contain a thin, sheer, non-woven fabric that
can separate and shred easily during normal use and care.
What Does It Look Like?
If the material is too thin and not properly constructed, it
can come apart on relatively new garments from normal use.
The originally smooth interfacing fabric now looks like
shredded tissue paper. Sometimes, this sheer, non-woven
facing material is used as a backing in only local areas of a
garment, such as the fronts, collar, pockets, sleeves, cuffs or
center plackets. Other times, an entire garment may have this
inner facing fabric attached to achieve a desired effect. In
some cases, when damage occurs, the shell fabric can become
blistered and limp.
What Caused It?
In many cases, the damage appears in local areas of the
garment that receive the greatest stress and abrasion during
use. Professional cleaning then aggravates the previously
weakened facing, causing more noticeable damage. These
materials are weak because they are sheer, non-woven, and of
limited stability. The facing material does not have the
necessary strength to withstand normal repeated wear and
Can It Be Prevented?
Neither the garment owner nor the cleaner can prevent
tearing of sheer, poorly-made interfacings. Only the
manufacturer can prevent such damage by using more
durable facing materials and stronger methods of
Who Is Responsible?
Manufacturer are responsible for producing durable facing
fabrics and employing quality methods of construction so
that their garments can withstand expected conditions of use
and repeated cleaning during their entire life expectancy.
Is There A Remedy?
Unfortunately, there is no practical restoration.