Care Labeling

Remember, the care label is in your garments to help you clean them safely. Follow them and you should end up with good results and if things go wrong it will be someone else's fault. Ignore them and it's likely to be your fault if your clothes get ruined.
The order of the washing symbols have been formalised so that all countries should now follow the same order and anyone anywhere should be able to understand the system. Here is the order the symbols should now appear in:
How to Wash
Machine Washing Bleaching Ironing Drying Dry Cleaning
Symbol Description Likely Fibres
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.
Very hot 95o to boil wash with maximum agitation, normal rinse and spin. White cotton and linen with no special finishes
Same as above but with 1/2 load capacity and short spin. White cottons and linens with delicate weaves prone to distortion.
Hot 60o with maximum agitation normal rinse and spin. Cotton, linen and rayon item which are both colour fast and have no special surface finishes.
Hot wash with cold rinse and short spin or drip dry. White nylon or white polyester/cotton mixes.
Warm 40o wash with normal agitation, rinse and spin. Cotton linen and rayon where colours are fast at 40o but not at 60o.
40o wash with reduced action for 1/2 load capacity and short spin. Wool including blankets and wool mixes with cotton and rayon.
Cool 30o wash with gentle machine action for 1/2 load with a short spin. Silk and printed acetate fabrics with colours not fast at 40o.
DO NOT MACHINE WASH hand wash only do not wring or spin. Wool, silk, acetate and acrylic materials sensitive to mechanical action.
dry cleaning instructions:

Dry Cleaning FAQ's

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.
Articles cleanable in all normally available dry cleaning solvents. Wool, cotton, rayon, linen, polyester and nylon.
Fabrics which are stable in Perchloroethylene, and hydrocarbons, without restriction. All the above, where restrictions on agitation are not indicated.
Garments cleanable in the above range but with restrictions on heat, water addition and agitation. Acrylics, polyesters and silks where weaves, surfaces or fibre mixes make garments or fabrics sensitive to treatment.
Articles cleanable in hydrocarbons (white spirit) and solvent 113 using normal dry cleaning techniques. Garments where surfaces, additions or materials are sensitive to cleaning solvents or heat. 
Fabrics sensitive in normal cleaning solvents but with further restrictions on water addition, agitation and heat. Any fabric with this symbol is very sensitive to heat and movement. It should be cleaned in a bag and not pre or post treated.
DO NOT DRY CLEAN Polyolefins. Items with special finishes or additions.
ironing instructions:

How to 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.
Hot iron to 210o max Cotton, linen viscose and derivatives of viscose.
Warm iron 150o max Wool, Polyester mixtures.
Cool iron 110o max Acrylic, nylon, acetates and polyester.
DO NOT IRON Plasticised materials & some Acrylics.
drying instructions:
May be tumbled at high heat Cotton and linen.
Tumbling allowed at minimum temperature. Polyester, nylon, acetates, loose weave garments and those with surface finishes.
DO NOT Tumble Wool, acrylic and most flocked polyesters.
Drip Dry Soft polyesters & acrylics
Dry in the shade Cotton, Linen and any vivid colour garment
Dry Flat Acrylics, Cashmere Loose knitted kntwear.
Line Dry Any kind of fabric.
bleaching instructions:


May be chlorine bleached. Cotton, acrylic, polyester.
Do not bleach Wool, silk.
Non-Chlorine Bleach Some wools & silks, anything OK with chlorine bleach.
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