Do you remember last Saturday night, when I got to get all dressed up for a special event and banquet? When I got home that night it was late, so I tossed my dirty dress in a corner of my closet and said I'd get around to laundering it later. 'Later' turned out to be Monday morning.
The cute new dress was red polyester patterned with black flocking. The instructions on the label said to turn it inside out, hand wash it in cold water, and lay it flat to dry, so I put detergent and water in a bucket, added the dress, and started agitating with my hands. At first the water turned slightly red, but after ten seconds it got blacker and blacker. I finished washing the dress and dumped the soapy water out into the bathtub, then filled the bucket again to rinse the dress out. When the wash water finished running down the drain it left a hazy black residue on the bottom of the tub. I rinsed out the dress and dumped the water again. This time even more residue was left behind.
Several hours later, after the dress had dried, I figured out that the residue was the flocking, which had come off of much of the fabric. Thank goodness I still had the receipt, which allowed me to return the damaged dress to the store and get my money back. I was really sad to see it go!