Surely you’ve already seen your favorite t-shirt shrink, your soft sweater become rough, or your jeans swapping its intense black for a dark gray?
To extend the life of your clothes, nothing better than maintenance. And in terms of maintenance, each garment has its own particularity.
This is why knowing how to read their interview labels is very important. Admittedly, sometimes they can be a real headache.
It is to avoid this and to preserve your clothes that we present to you today all the symbols of the labels.
Crossed basin symbol
This symbol indicates that the garment cannot be washed. In other words, it can only be cleaned dry.
To do this, go to a laundry. Thanks to a large machine and different solvents, they can wash your clothes dry.
However, dry cleaning can become costly and even damage the appearance of the garment in the long run.
Hand symbol in bin
For garments containing this symbol in the washing instructions, understand that you must wash it by hand.
Even if it may seem long, it is essential to follow this instruction. Indeed, exposed to strong heat and a mechanical spin, the fiber of the garment could be damaged.
For hand washing, do not exceed 40 ° C. Also, do not wring the garment to wash or wring it out, it may become shapeless.
However, if you have a new generation machine, it is likely to offer a “hand wash” program. In this case, you can machine it with this program.
Bowl symbol with number
This sign indicates what temperature the garment can withstand in the machine.
30 ° C
Normally, the 30 ° C is reserved for cotton or polyester pieces, but also for all other clothes made of fragile fabrics like wool.
40 ° C
This is the basic temperature for making a machine.
60 ° C
Clothes can boil at this heat. With this heat, the colors could bleed and the fibers could shrink. For this reason, do not put any garment at this temperature.
95 ° C
At 95 ° C, clothes boil. This temperature removes the most stubborn stains. However, at this temperature, we often only put cotton or linen sheets, socks or even towels and tea towels.
If you no longer have the labels, wash at 30 ° C. If in doubt, this temperature allows effective washing without damaging the fibers of your clothes.
Bowl symbol with number and a line below it
The bowl on one line means that the garment must be washed with care. So choose a delicate or easy maintenance cycle to reduce speed and spin.
It is possible to find a synthetic program on the machine. The latter offers a rinse with a decreasing water temperature and a short spin so as not to crease the garment.
For this program to work more, it is preferable not to fill the machine to its maximum. So the clothes will not be tight and will not come out wrinkled.
Bowl symbol with number and two lines underneath
For this symbol, it is imperative to use a special program for delicate laundry. Thus the mechanical speed as well as that of the spin will be reduced to a minimum.
This program is often used for woolen pieces that can be washed in the washing machine.
To carry out this program, the machine should not be filled to the maximum, but only remplir.
The circled letters
The circles with the letters P, W, F mean that the garment has to be cleaned by dry cleaning.
The letters indicate a particular wash, which the little fairy hands of the laundromat know well.
THE SYMBOLS OF BLEACHING
Bleaching is a process of using oxidizing agents containing chlorine, or oxygen, such as bleach. The purpose of bleaching is to make stains disappear, or to give a shine to your white pieces.
The empty triangle
If your clothing label indicates an empty triangle, it means that you can use laundering. And this for all types of agents, chlorinated as oxygenated.
The striped triangle
This symbol means that your garment can be laundered, provided you use oxygenated agents only. Chlorine is therefore to be banned in this case.
The crossed triangle
Finally, the crossed triangle indicates that no bleaching agent can be administered to this garment.
The drum with a dot
For this form of drying, the greatest care is required. The delicate cycle of the dryer must be selected.
This cycle should not exceed 60 ° C.
The drum with two points
This time the dryer can be adjusted normally. Generally, care is taken not to exceed 80 ° C.
This symbol has no restrictions, except of course not to overload the dryer. However, this rule is valid for symbols.
The barred drum
The barred drum indicates that the garment cannot be tumble dried. This is the case of t-shirts that lose inches every time they come out.
It is therefore necessary to switch to air drying.
DRYING IN THE OPEN AIR
The square with one or two vertical lines
The vertical line means that the garment must dry on a thread.