Many men, when they want to take matters in their own hand, want to become independent and able to do everything by themselves. However, one of the things they find most puzzling is doing laundry according to the symbols on the clothes’ labels. These symbols might look alien, but once you make sense of them and decode their logic, they make sense and you won’t have a problem washing your clothes.
They are divided into a few main categories: Washing, bleaching, drying, ironing, etc.
In this guide, we look together at these clothing care symbols, their names and meanings:
Machine Wash, Normal – This symbol means that the piece may be laundered through the use of very hot water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed with this purpose in mind
Machine Wash, Cold – If you see this sign, you must make sure that the initial water temperature does not exceed 30 degrees C or 65 to 85 degrees F
Machine Wash, Hot – This symbol means that the initial water temperature must not be warmer than 50 degrees C or 120 degrees F
Note: The number inside the symbol can go up to 90, respectively 6 bullets, if the temperature is not marked numerically. Also note that the system of dots that indicates the temperature range is the same for all washing procedures.
Machine Wash, Permanent Press – If you see this symbol, you should know that it means that the garment can be machine laundered only on the setting specially designed to preserve Permanent Press with cool down or cold rinse prior to reduced spin
Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate – Garments that feature this sign may be machine laundered only on the setting specially designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items
Hand Wash – Sorry guys, but this symbol warns you that the piece may be laundered only through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation
Do Not Wash – This symbol means that the garment might get damaged if washed. Usually, garment that feature this symbol also come with dry cleaning instructions
Note: Almost all washable textiles are safe in one type of bleach or another. In case bleach is not mentioned or represented by a symbol, you can make use of any type of bleach.
Tumble Dry, Normal – This symbol indicates that a machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest temperature setting
Note: The dots system indicating temperature range is the same for all dry procedures.
Note: Once again, the dots system indicating temperature range is the same for all ironing procedures.
Note: Dry cleaning symbols are usually read by professional dry cleaners. You ca still memorize them though, to make sure your clothes get proper treatment.
There you have it! Now you know what these weird symbols mean and know how to take proper care of your clothes. Clothes that are well maintained last longer and are stronger. If you have any doubts, come back to the guide and check what a symbol means – you don’t want to get it wrong!
Fraquoh and Franchomme
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