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Guide to Common Home Laundering and Dry Cleaning Symbols

Wash

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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.

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Machine Wash, Cold

Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.

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Machine Wash, Warm

Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.

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Machine Wash, Hot

Initial water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F.

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Machine Wash, Hot

Initial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.

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Machine Wash, Hot

Initial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.

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Machine Wash, Hot

Initial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.

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*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.

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*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.

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*Hand Wash

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

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*Do Not Wash

Garment may not be safely laundered by any process. Normally accompanied by Dry Clean instructions.

*Note: System of dots indicating temperature range is the same for all wash procedures.

Bleach

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*Bleach When Needed

Any commercially available bleach product may be used in the laundering process.

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*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.

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*Do Not Bleach

No bleach product may be used. The garment is not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any 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.

Dry

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*Tumble Dry, Normal

A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.

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*Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.

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*Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.

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*Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used at a High Heat setting.

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*Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used only at No Heat or Air Only setting.

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*Tumble Dry, Permanent Press

A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Permanent Press setting.

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*Tumble Dry, Gentle

A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Gentle setting.

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*Do Not Tumble Dry

A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.

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*Do Not Dry

A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.

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*Line Dry

Hang damp garment from line or bar, in or outdoors.

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*Drip Dry

Hang dripping wet garment from line or bar, in or outdoors, without hand shaping or smoothing

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*Dry Flat

Lay out horizontally for drying.

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*Dry In Shade

Usually added to Line or Drip Dry. Dry away from direct sunlight.

*NOTE: System of dots indicating temperature range is the same for all dry procedures.

Wring

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*Do Not Wring

Iron

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*Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry

Regular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.

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*Iron, Low

Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110C, 230F) only.

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*Iron, Medium

Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).

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*Iron, High

Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at High setting (200C, 290F).

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*Do Not Steam

Steam ironing will harm garment, but regular dry ironing at indicated temperature setting is acceptable.

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*Do Not Iron

Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.

*NOTE: System of dots indicating temperature range is the same for all ironing procedures.
NOTE: If ironing is not a necessary regular care procedure it need not be mentioned.

Dryclean

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Dryclean

Dry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.

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Dryclean, Any Solvent

Dry Clean, any solvent. Usually used with other restrictions on proper dry cleaning procedure.

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Dryclean, Petroleum Solvent Only

Dry Clean using only petroleum solvent. Usually used with other restrictions.

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Dryclean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene

Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.

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Dryclean, Short Cycle

May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

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Dryclean, Reduced Moisture

May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

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Dryclean, No Steam

May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.

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Do Not Dryclean

Garment may not be commercially drycleaned.

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