CARE LABELS

Care Labels: Your Guide to Easy Care

Care labels provide helpful information that can save you time and money.
They indicate how to clean textile articles in the best possible way. The care labelling rule requires that manufacturers attach a permanent care label to textile garments to give the consumer and the dry cleaner guidance in proper care for the item. It must permanently attached to the garment and remain legible for the life of the garment. The care label must also be place where the consumer can read it before purchase.

Manufacturers must list at least one method of safe care for the garment. The label must also warn about any part of the recommended care method that would harm the garment of other garments cleaned with it. It must also warn when there is no method for cleaning the garment without damage.

Care instructions on the label must apply to all parts of the garment. If the label says "dry clean" this should mean that all components, including the outer shell, lining, buttons, interfacing, any fusing material, sewing thread must be colour fast, they must not discolour, melt, or be otherwise altered during cleaning by the recommended care method.

When a garment has two or more parts that are sold as a unit, only one label is required. When the parts are designed to be sold separately, or if pieces require different care, each part must have it's own label.

 

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS

Machine Wash,
COLD
Machine Wash,
COLD
Permanent Press

Machine Wash,
COLD
Gentle Cycle
Machine Wash,
WARM

Machine Wash,
WARM
Permanent Press

Machine Wash,
WARM
Gentle Cycle

Machine Wash,
HOT

Machine Wash,
HOT
Permanent Press

Machine Wash,
HOT
Gentle Cycle

Hand
Wash

Do Not
Wash
   

 

BLEACHING INSTRUCTIONS

Bleach as needed
Any bleach, may
be safely used
  Do Not Bleach
No bleach product should be used
including detergents with bleach - or
follow bleach package test procedures
to test for bleach safety.
Non-chlorine Bleach as needed
Use only a color-safe bleach.

 

DRYING INSTRUCTIONS

Tumble Dry,
NO HEAT
Tumble Dry,
Permanent Press,
NO HEAT

Tumble Dry,
Gentle Cycle,
NO HEAT
Tumble Dry,
LOW HEAT

Tumble Dry,
Permanent Press,
LOW HEAT

Tumble Dry,
Gentle Cycle,
LOW HEAT

Tumble Dry,
MEDIUM
Tumble Dry,
Permanent Press,
MEDIUM
Tumble Dry,
Gentle Cycle,
MEDIUM
Do Not
Tumble Dry
Line Dry

Drip Dry
Tumble Dry,
HIGH
Dry Flat

 

 

 

IRONING INSTRUCTIONS

iron, Steam or Dry, with
LOW HEAT
Iron, Steam or Dry, with
MEDIUM HEAT

Iron, Steam or Dry, with
HIGH HEAT
Do Not Iron
with Steam
Do Not Iron

 

 

 

DRYCLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

Dryclean
May appear with additional
letters and/or lines
Take this item to a
professional drycleaner
Do Not Dryclean

 

Guide to Common Home
Laundering & Drycleaning Symbols

Care Symbol Written Care Instructions What Care Symbol and
Instructions Mean

Wash

Machine Wash, Normal Garment may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose.
Machine Wash, Cold Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.
Machine Wash, Warm Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F.
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 70C or 160F.
Machine Wash, Hot Initial 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 Press Garment 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 Delicate Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items.

 Hand Wash Garment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation.

 Do Not Wash Garment 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 Needed Any commercially available bleach product may be used in the laundering process.
Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed Only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach may be used in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
Do Not Bleach  No bleach product may be used. The garment is not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any bleach.

Dry

Tumble Dry, Normal A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.

Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a High Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat A 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 Press A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Permanent Press setting.
Tumble Dry, Gentle A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Gentle setting.
Do Not Tumble Dry A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Do Not Dry A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Line Dry Hang damp garment from line or bar, in or out doors.

Drip Dry Hang dripping wet garment from line or bar, in or out doors, without hand shaping or smoothing.
Dry Flat  Lay out horizontally for drying.
Dry In Shade Usually added to Line or Drip Dry. Dry away from direct sunlight.

Wring

  Do Not Wring Do Not Wring.

Iron

NOTE: IF IRONING IS NOT A NECESSARY, REGULAR CARE PROCEDURE IT NEED NOT BE MENTIONED.
  Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dr Regular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.
  Iron, Low Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110C, 230F) only.
  Iron, Medium  Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).
Iron, High Regular 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 Steam Steam ironing will harm garment, but regular dry ironing at indicated temperature setting is acceptable.
Do Not Iron Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.

Dryclean

Dry Clean Dry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.
Dry Clean, Any Solvent Dry Clean, any solvent. Usually used with other restrictions on proper dry cleaning procedure.
Dry Clean, Petroleum Solvent Only  Dry Clean using only petroleum solvent. Usually used with other restrictions.
  Dry Clean, Petroleum Solvent Only. Reduced agitation required. Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used
Dry Clean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.
  Dry Clean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene. Reduced agitation required. Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used
Dry Clean, Short Cycle May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dry Clean, Reduced Moisture May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dry Clean, Low Heat May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dry Clean, No Steam May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

Do Not Dry Clean Garment may not be commercially drycleaned.

Wet Cleaning

  Wet Clean Garment with this care label are suitable for professional wet cleaning.
  Wet Clean. Reduced agitation required. Garment with this care label are suitable for professional wet cleaning.
 
 
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