Washing Instructions

Care Symbol

Care Instructions

What Care Symbol and Instructions Mean

Wash This symbol solely refers to machine washing. Previously the correct temperature for washing has been indicated by a number inside the tub but now there will be a series of dots that do the same job.
  Machine Wash, Normal Textiles may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose.
  Machine Wash, Cold Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.
  Machine Wash, Warm Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.
  Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F.
  Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.
  Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 70C or 160F.
  Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.
  Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items.
  Hand Wash Garment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation.
  Do Not Wash Garment may not be safely laundered by any process. Normally accompanied by Dry Clean instructions.
Bleach
  Bleach When Needed Any commercially available bleach product may be used in the laundering process.
  Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed Only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach may be used in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
  Do Not Bleach No bleach product may be used. The garment is not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any bleach.
Dry
  Tumble Dry, Normal A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.
  Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.
  Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a High Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used only at No Heat or Air Only setting.
Tumble Dry, Permanent Press A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Permanent Press setting.
Tumble Dry, Gentle A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Gentle setting.
Do Not Tumble Dry A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Do Not Dry A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Line Dry Hang damp garment from line or bar, in or out doors.
Drip Dry Hang dripping wet garment from line or bar, in or out doors, without hand shaping or smoothing.
Dry Flat Lay out horizontally for drying.
Dry In Shade Usually added to Line or Drip Dry. Dry away from direct sunlight.
Wring
Do Not Wring Do Not Wring.
Iron The ironing symbol lets you know that you can iron a garment or fabric. However the dots let you know what temperature you can iron at.
Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry Regular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.
Iron, Low Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110C, 230F) only.
Iron, Medium Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).
Iron, High Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at High setting (200C, 290F).
Do Not Steam Steam ironing will harm garment, but regular dry ironing at indicated temperature setting is acceptable.
Do Not Iron Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.
Dryclean This is the dry cleaning symbol, but the symbol itself doesn’t tell the full story. There should be an additional letter inside the circle, indicating what type of dry cleaning a garment can be put through. In addition, the bar underneath the symbol gives additional information.
Dryclean Dry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.
Dryclean, Any Solvent Dry Clean, any solvent. Usually used with other restrictions on proper dry cleaning procedure.
Dryclean, Petroleum Solvent Only Dry Clean using only petroleum solvent. Usually used with other restrictions.
Dryclean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.
Dryclean, Short Cycle May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, Reduced Moisture May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, Low Heat May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, No Steam May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Do Not Dryclean Garment may not be commercially drycleaned.

 

source: http://www.textileaffairs.com/c-common.htm

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