Washing Symbols

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Care Symbol
Written Care Instructions
What Care Symbol and Instructions Mean
Wash
Machine Wash, NormalGarment may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose.
Machine Wash, ColdInitial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.
Machine Wash, WarmInitial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.
Machine Wash, HotInitial water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F.
Machine Wash, HotInitial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.
Machine Wash, HotInitial water temperature should not exceed 70C or 160F.
Machine Wash, HotInitial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.
NOTE: SYSTEM OF DOTS INDICATING TEMPERATURE RANGE IS THE SAME FOR ALL WASH PROCEDURES.
Machine Wash, Permanent PressGarment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed to preserve Permanent Press with cool down or cold rinse prior to reduced spin.
Machine Wash, Gentle or DelicateGarment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items.
Hand WashGarment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation.
Do Not WashGarment may not be safely laundered by any process. Normally accompanied by Dry Clean instructions.
Bleach
NOTE: All (98+%) washable textiles are safe in some type of bleach. IF BLEACH IS NOT MENTIONED OR REPRESENTED BY A SYMBOL, ANY BLEACH MAY BE USED.
Bleach When NeededAny commercially available bleach product may be used in the laundering process.
Non-Chlorine Bleach When NeededOnly a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach may be used in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
Do Not BleachNo bleach product may be used. The garment is not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any bleach.
Drying
Tumble Dry, NormalA machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, Low HeatA machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium HeatA machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, High HeatA machine dryer may be regularly used at a High Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, No HeatA machine dryer may be regularly used only at No Heat or Air Only setting.
NOTE: SYSTEM OF DOTS INDICATING TEMPERATURE RANGE IS THE SAME FOR ALL DRY PROCEDURES.
Tumble Dry, Permanent PressA machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Permanent Press setting.
Tumble Dry, GentleA machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Gentle setting.
Do Not Tumble DryA machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Do Not DryA machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Line DryHang damp garment from line or bar, in or out doors.
Drip DryHang dripping wet garment from line or bar, in or out doors, without hand shaping or smoothing.
Dry FlatLay out horizontally for drying.
Dry In ShadeUsually added to Line or Drip Dry. Dry away from direct sunlight.
Wring
Do Not WringDo Not Wring
Iron
NOTE: IF IRONING IS NOT A NECESSARY, REGULAR CARE PROCEDURE IT NEED NOT BE MENTIONED.
Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or DryRegular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.
Iron, LowRegular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110C, 230F) only.
Iron, MediumRegular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).
Iron, HighRegular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at High setting (200C, 290F).
NOTE: SYSTEM OF DOTS INDICATING TEMPERATURE RANGE IS THE SAME FOR ALL IRONING PROCEDURES.
Do Not SteamSteam ironing will harm garment, but regular dry ironing at indicated temperature setting is acceptable.
Do Not IronItem may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.
Dryclean
DrycleanDry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.
Dryclean, Any SolventDry Clean, any solvent. Usually used with other restrictions on proper dry cleaning procedure.
Dryclean, Petroleum Solvent OnlyDry Clean using only petroleum solvent. Usually used with other restrictions.
Dryclean, Any Solvent Except TrichloroethyleneAny dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.
Dryclean, Short CycleMay be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, Reduced MoistureMay be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, Low HeatMay be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, No SteamMay be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Do Not DrycleanGarment may not be commercially drycleaned.

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