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LAUNDRY SYMBOLS EXPLAINED

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How many times have you happened to look on a delicate garment label and not be sure of the correct meaning?
The fear of ruining your latest purchase because it has been washed wrong is understandable, it happens to everyone, including us.

Knowing these symbols will help you take care of yourself and prolong the life of your clothing.

WHERE ARE THESE SYMBOLS?

etichetta-interna-abbigliamento-life-sentence-industryUsually t-shirts have a label sewn or printed on the inside of the collar or along the inner seam of your garment, this also applies to sweatshirts and jackets.

In addition to our logo, we also indicate this on our personal label:

  • Size (which we recommend to always compare with the dedicated size guide),
  • Place from which the designs are conceived,
  • Place of production,
  • Composition of the fabric,
  • International symbol for correct treatments,
  • A word of advice when in doubt, mom is always mom!

So we decided to create this article to help you with the meaning of the washing symbols and not just your clothes. You will also find these symbols on blankets, hats, carpets, towels,…

SYMBOLS TYPOLOGY WASHING

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  • The first three symbols indicate that the garment is designed to be machine washed.
  • The second symbol is usually present on synthetic garments that can be washed at up to 60°. Thesegarments have a consistency in the fabric that means the garmet will be dry when the wash cycle is over and open the door.
  • The third symbol instead indicates that you must pay special attention if you want to proceed with a washing machine as the garment is delicate.
  • The Fourth symbol advises that it is preferable to wash exclusively by hand, this is almost always for a delicate fabric (cashmere, silk or wool) or depends on the workmanship applied on it. Remember not to use a water temperature higher than 40°, not to rub and not to squeeze them.
  • The Fifth symbol does not allow you to wash this fabric in water, it is almost always used it  leather, so we recommend dry cleaning. We shall explain the symbols that accompany it in the following paragraphs.
  • The Sixth symbol is usually combined with that of hand washing because, as we said, these are delicate garments. When you see the symbol of not wringing on the label remember to pay attention, do not rub or squeeze after washing but hang on the clothesline after a delicate wash.

SYMBOLS WASHING TEMPERATURES

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When we talk about the meaning of the washing symbols, the most common we find is that of the tray with the indicated washing temperatures. We have also highlighted a variant of it that we can sometimes find, that of the black dots. With the following explanation you will no longer panic.

These symbols, as you can guess from the numerical one, symbolize the washing machine temperatures. Sometimes there is no numerical indication but you will find yourself seeing black dots. The temperatures indicated are to indicate the maximum temperature limit. In case of 60° you are not obliged to wash at 60° but at 60° or less.

BLEACH WASHING SYMBOLS

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  • The triangle symbol shows the possibility to wash with diluted and cold bleach.
  • The second symbol as can be seen from the X above, indicates that bleaching would damage the garment.
  • The third and fourth symbols mean that the garment can be washed with chlorine-free bleach to preserve colours.

DRYING SYMBOLS

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These symbols indicate how your garment can be dried. Whether your garment can be hung up to dry in a vertical or horizontal position, if it is recommended you dry it in the shade, whether it is a garment that should be hung or not. The most famous symbol, that we all look for on a label is the square symbol with a circle with an X on the inside. This means that this clothing will be ruined if dried in the dryer.

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These symbols relate to the detail of drying in a tumble dryer. When you find a circle contained in a square it means that the garment is suitable for this type of drying. If the circle contains dots, it indicates the temperature allowed for tumble drying. One dot for low temperatures, two dots indicate medium temperatures, three dots indicate high temperatures. The full circle inside the square prohibits tumble drying as it may demage the clothing.

IRONING SYMBOLS

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  • The first symbol with the stylized iron indicates that the clothing examined is suitable for ironing.
  • The second symbol, which unlike the first one represents an iron with a cross, warns that you should not iron the clothing, usually found on materials that are not resistant and with particularly delicate processing.
  • The third, fourth and fifth symbol where there are one, two or three dots inside the iron indicates that the garment should not be ironed at temperatures not exceeding 110°, 150° and 200°.
  • The sixth symbol indicates that the garment must be ironed without the use of steam from the iron, so you only need to iron it with the hot plate.

DRY CLEANING SYMBOLS

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This should be read with the paragraph above where we explained the meaning of the washing symbols even in the presence of bleach, this can be defined as a further explanation.

The normal circle is to indicate that the garment is suitable for dry cleaning. When it contains an A, it indicates that any type of solvent will not affect the garment you want to wash, if it contains a P you can use all types of solvent except tetrachloroethylene, when it contains a F inside you can use only solvents that contain petroleum and if it contains a W inside the circle you can perform dry cleaning but using water.


We hope this guide gives some clarity on the meaning of the washing symbols on garment labels. We remind you that if you want to preserve your garment carefully follow the icons shown. In this way, you will see that the longevity of your favourite sweatshirt will surprise you. For your washings, we suggest you divide the whites, from the blacks and colours. For the colours, if you have the possibility, divide them by shades (do not wash together the blues with the yellows, rather wash them with violets). Always use colour-catching wipes. Be very careful when you put a red in the washing machine, you never know what will come out, it can be worse than Russian roulette.