How to Prevent Damaged Fabric Culprits

A common misconception in the world of laundry is that damaged fabric is due to faults in the washer. This is actually false – in most cases, damage is caused by the item in question, or due to basic oversights in the laundering process by the person doing the washing.

At Rhino Laundry & Dry Cleaning Specialists, our experts are here to walk you through every part of the use of our commercial laundry equipment to ensure that these issues don’t take place. So you’re aware, though, here’s a primer on several of the most common causes of fabric damage during laundry services, and how to prevent them.

Wear and Tear

Basic age and standard wear and tear are some of the most common reasons for fabric damage. Fibers age over time, and can fray more easily during stressful times – such as when they’re being washed. Pay special attention to items like towels, washcloths and bedding, along with collar tips and cuffs.

Chemical Damage

Various chemicals can cause holes and tears in clothing. In some situations, these problems won’t take place immediately, but over time or after several times through the washer. Incorrectly using chlorine bleach is one of the most common causes of tearing. Be sure to dilute bleach when using it – usually in four parts of water. Use a paper towel to quickly wipe up any bleach that leaks.

Bad Construction

If items are poorly constructed, they’re more prone to damage in the wash. Check areas like seams, hems, buttonholes and others for signs of wear, perhaps due to poor construction in these areas.


When snags appear in cotton knits, these can be unnoticed before clothes go in and may cause small holes. Items like zippers or hooks may also snag items during the wash, so attempt to close all these items.

Bad Loading or Overloading

For items with straps or lace, be careful about getting them caught under the agitator or snagged anywhere. Some people use a mesh bag for these items. In addition, avoid overloading the washer – this stops items from circulating properly, and can lead to abrasion or snagging. Load top-loading washers loosely with unfolded clothes, and don’t exceed the top row of holes. For front loading washers, load them completely but do not pack them too tightly.

Sunlight Issues

Finally, tears and color issues can take place over time on items that are regularly exposed to the sun. The sun can weaken these fibers, and the stress of laundering can lead to holes.

For more advice on avoiding product damage, or to find out about our commercial washer service, speak to the experts at Rhino Laundry & Dry Cleaning Specialists today.