Garment life expectancy

Fair Claims Guide from IFI 

Let us assume you have a damaged garment – How will you or your dry-cleaner or any legal arbitrator determine the adjustment amount?

Every textile product has a “life expectancy” according to its intended purpose, material content and the rate of change in fashion or style.  Since an article may retain a degree of usefulness beyond the point of life expectancy, it has some residual value for as long as it remains in useful condition; however, this is usually a minimal monetary value.  An article that is rendered unwearable, or worn out, within or beyond its normal life expectancy, has no value and no negotiable basis for adjustment regardless of the nature of the loss or damage.  Sentimental value because of personal attachment is subjective and is ruled out as a valid consideration.

As with life expectancy, age and condition are also taken into consideration in deciding the value of a used textile article at the time of damage or loss.  A very worn garment is less valuable than an identical garment of the same age in good condition.  A garment also loses value with the passage of time, regardless as to whether or not its owner has obtained fullest use of it.


~With permission of the International Fabricare Institute (IFI)~