Cleaning Symbols

Cleaning Symbols

 

It can be very important to follow the recommendations on your clothing tags. Here is a guide to help you interpret the apparel and textile care symbols (from the Canadian General Standards Board).

Washing Symbols

Wash in commercial machine in water not exceeding 95°C, at normal setting.

Wash in commercial machine in water not exceeding 95°C, at permanent press setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 70°C, at normal setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 60°C, at normal setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 60°C, at permanent press setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 50°C, at normal setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 50°C, at permanent press setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 50°C, at delicate/gentle setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 40°C, at normal setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 40°C, at permanent press setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 40°C, at delicate/gentle setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 30°C, at normal setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 30°C, at permanent press setting.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine in water not exceeding 30°C, at delicate/gentle setting.

Wash gently by hand in water not exceeding 40°C.

Wash gently by hand in water not exceeding 30°C.

Wash in domestic or commercial machine at any temperature, at normal setting.

Do not wash.

Bleaching Symbols

Use any bleach when needed.

Do not bleach.

Use only non-chlorine bleach when needed.

Drying Symbols

Tumble dry at high heat (not exceeding 75°C) at normal setting.

Tumble dry at medium heat (not exceeding 65°C) at normal setting.

Tumble dry at medium heat (not exceeding 65°C) at permanent press setting.

Tumble dry at low heat (not exceeding 55°C) at permanent press setting.

Tumble dry at a low heat (not exceeding 55°C) at delicate cycle.

Tumble dry any heat.

Tumble dry no heat/air dry.

Do not tumble dry.

After extraction of excess water, line dry/hang to dry.

Hang up the soaking wet article to “drip” dry.

After extraction of excess water, dry the article on a suitable flat surface.

Dry in the shade (symbol added to line dry, drip dry, or dry flat).

Do not dry. (To be used with “Do not wash” symbol).

Ironing/Pressing Symbols

Iron with or without steam by hand, or press on commercial equipment, at a high temperature (not exceeding 200°C). Recommended temperature for cotton and linen textiles.

Iron with or without steam by hand, or press on commercial equipment, at a medium temperature (not exceeding 150°C). Recommended temperature for polyester, rayon, silk, triacetate and wool textiles.

Iron with or without steam by hand, or press on commercial equipment, at a low temperature (not exceeding 110°C). Recommended temperature for acetate, acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, polypropylene and spandex textiles.

Do not steam.

Do not iron or press.

Professional Care Symbols

Dry-clean, normal cycle. Any solvent except trichloroethylene.

Dry-clean, normal cycle. Petroleum solvent only.

Do not dry-clean.