Everyone likes to show off peculiar clothes: washing them becomes a drama! It can also happen with fabrics that seem easy to treat. Anyway, before washing, drying or ironing clothes, it’s always a good idea to read the clothing labels. This routine can help you avoid creating felted jumpers, turning formerly white sheets to pink, or shrinking trousers into shorts… and no, we aren’t talking about summer variation.
Reading clothing labels is also important for linens all around the house. The clothing labels show different information, including fabric composition with the percentage of fibers which they are made from, symbols for washing by hand, or in the washing machine, or for dry cleaning, symbols for ironing and drying.
Knowing the meaning of the symbols on clothing labels helps avoid unwanted results, even if the labels are not always clear and easy to understand.
Below laundry symbols and their meaning.
#1 Washing Symbols
Before washing a clothing item, it’s important to know the fabric that is made of. Knowing the textile processes is useful for avoiding damage too, but clothing labels don’t report this information. Therefore, it’s essential to follow the labels indication which specifies if it should be washed by hand or in the washing machine, at which temperature, and if bleach can be used or not.
Machine wash. Normal.
Machine wash. Temperature 30°.
Do not wring.
Machine wash. Medium.
Machine wash. Temperature 40°.
Bleach when needed.
Machine wash. Gentle.
Machine wash. Temperature 60°.
Non-chlorine bleach when needed.
Do not wash.
Do not bleach.
#2 Drying Symbols
Drying indications are also important not to ruin items. Is it suitable for the dryer or is it better to dry it outdoors? In the shade or in the sun? It’s enough a little care to not ruin clothes.
Dry in the shade.
Tumble dry. Low temperature.
Line dry in the shade.
Tumble dry. Normal temperature.
Dry flat in shade.
Do not tumble dry.
Drip dry in shade.
#3 Ironing Symbols
Paying attention also to ironing is fundamental to keep nice and long-lasting clothes. You need to consider fabrics of the item: how to iron it? High, medium, or low temperature? The choice of a professional iron helps to iron effortlessly.
Iron at any temperature, dry or steam.
Do not steam.
Do not iron.
Ironlow heat (synthetic, acrylic, nylon, polyester).
Ironmedium heat (wool, silk).
Iron high heat (cotton, linen).
Finally, a general rule: if the item is made up of more than one fabric, you should follow the instructions that apply to the most delicate part.