Laundry Care Symbols Guide
Somewhere on almost every item made of fabric , there is a label displaying pictograms. These symbols are there to show you the best way to handle the laundry process for that particular item. Laundry symbols, also known as Care symbols vary in different regions of the world. In this section we concentrate on those used in the UK and Europe. There are five different types of symbol used. The basic shapes are shown below, but each symbol has a different version depending on the laundry process required for that particular item.
The list below contains the most common symbols found, along with a brief discription of their meaning.
This symbol means the item is machine washable.
The number in the center is the maximum temperature at which the item should be washed. (the number may be higher or lower than 40°c.)
1 bar below -Garment can be washedon asynthetic cycle.
2 bars below - Item requires delicate wash cycle, wash as wool.
Hand Washed at a warm temperature.
This symbol indicates that the item should Not be washed with water. (may require Dry-cleaning)
This symbol shows that the use of bleach in the wash is acceptable.
The use of chlorine bleach is acceptable
DO NOT use bleach ongarments displaying this symbol.
Items showing this symbol can be tumble dryed.
Tumble dry on a Lowheat settingonly.
Tumble dry on a Medium heat setting only.
DO NOT tumble dry items with this symbol.
It Is recommended that you Drip dry items with this symbol.
Item requires Line drying / Hanging.
Lay items with this symbol flat to dry.
1 dot - Cool Iron. (upto 110°c) - Generally used for acrylics, acetates and nylons.
2 dots - Warm Iron. (upto 150°c) - Generally used for polyester mixes, and wool.
3 dots - Hot Iron. (upto 200°c) - Generally used for linens and cottons.
DO NOT Iron items with this symbol.
This symbol means the item is suitable for Dry-Cleaning.
The letterA indicates any solventmay be used during the dry-cleaning process.
The letter F indicates that solvents R113 & Hydrocarbon should be used.
The letter P indicates that any solvent except trichloroethylenemay be used.
DO NOT Dry-clean items with this symbol.