19 July 2019

Reading clothing labels: let’s learn laundry symbols

Reading clothing labels: let’s learn laundry symbols

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.

916717258Machine wash. Normal.

1070262304Machine wash. Temperature 30°.

62902545Do not wring.

1388532406Machine wash. Medium.

1978704462Machine wash. Temperature 40°.

686807396Bleach when needed.

1935299974Machine wash. Gentle.

204977422Machine wash. Temperature 60°.

1939539059Non-chlorine bleach when needed.

1455182192Do not wash.

951187947Hand wash.

2105487819Do 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.

994218921Tumble dry.

2030087906Dry outside.

1570285765Dry in the shade.

2099901813Tumble dry. Low temperature.

1633662099Line dry.

1166172070Line dry in the shade.

972451732Tumble dry. Normal temperature.

1660070458Dry flat.

196933437Dry flat in shade.

1135236819Do not tumble dry.

810039005Drip dry.

2085976740Drip 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.

596563487Iron at any temperature, dry or steam.

441082217Do not steam.

660699488Do not iron.

624761582Ironlow heat (synthetic, acrylic, nylon, polyester).

832148304Ironmedium heat (wool, silk).

572925345Iron 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.

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