What do the laundry and textile care symbols mean?

To maintain your clothes and increase their lifespan you should follow the care instructions detailed by the manufacturer. You can find the details about the care instructions on the label for your clothing. The care instructions will appear as symbols, giving you loads of information about caring for your clothing in a small space. Use the guide below to find out what the laundry and textile care symbols mean.

 

If you have any queries about the best way to wash your clothes, please contact the clothing manufacturer.

 

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Washing icons

Please note: the number on the icon indicates the maximum temperature of the wash

Washing care icons
1 Item can be put in a normal wash at 40°C
2 Item can be put in a mild or gentle wash at 40°C
3 Item can be put in a very mild or very gentle wash at 40°C
4 Item should be hand washed only
5 Item should only be dry cleaned

Bleaching icons

Bleaching care icons
1 Any bleach can be used with this item
2 Only non-chlorine bleach can be used with this item
3 This item should not be bleached
4 This item should not be bleached

Drying icons

Drying care icons
1 This item should be line dried
2 This item should be line dried
3 This item should be line dried in the shade
4 This item should drip dry
5 This item should dry flat
6 This item should dry flat in the shade
7 This item should drip dry flat
8 This item should drip dry flat in the shade

Tumble drying icons

Tumble drying icons
1 This item can be tumble dried
2 This item should be tumble dried on a high heat
3 This item should be tumble dried on a medium heat
4 This item should be tumble dried on a low heat
5 This item should be tumble dried without any heat
6 This item should not be tumble dried
7 This item should not be dried
8 Do not wring this item

Ironing icons

Ironing care icons
1 This item can be ironed at any temperature
2 This item should be ironed at a high temperature
3 This item should be ironed at a medium temperature
4 This item should be ironed at a low temperature
5 This item should not be steamed
6 This item should not be ironed

Dry cleaning icons

Dry cleaning care icons
1 This item can be dry cleaned
2 This item can be dry cleaned with any solvent
3 This item can be dry cleaned with perchloride, lighter fuel, pure alcohol or R113 only
4 This item can be dry cleaned with aviation fuel, pure alcohol or R113 only
5 This item should not be dry cleaned

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