Good inspection lifts quality

1 January 2011

Garments should be checked thoroughly at the following stages as failure to do this could lead to obvious faults being missed.

At the counter – every garment should be inspected before the customer leaves so that defects such as stains/soiling and fabric damage can be brought to their attention and recorded.

Before cleaning – all parts of every garment should be inspected on a table. Necessary pre-spotting should be carried out. Damage that has been missed at the counter should be recorded and the customer contacted if necessary.

After cleaning – all garments should be inspected on a table during or after unloading the machine. Units that adopt this policy will remove more stains. and picking up stains at this stage will avoid marks being set by the heat in the finishing processes.

Final inspection – a detailed and systematic approach is essential is essential to achieve and maintain high standards.

Staff must learn what well finished garments look like and understand the importance of maintaining high standards of finish at focal points. The final inspection procedure should address the following:

Is the garment clean?

Is the garment stain-free?

Is the garment finished to the required standard?

Is presentation satisfactory?

Have additional services such as repairs been carried out?

Final inspection should be done at a specially designated well-lit point with a means of rotating garments at a convenient height. Good lighting (500 lux minimum) in the final inspection area is essential.

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