Guide to Apparel/Textile
Care Symbols
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Wash
    
Normal


Permanent
Press


Delicate/
Gentle

         
Hand Wash

(Maximum) (200F) (160F) (140F) (120F) (105F) (65F-85F)
Symbol(s) 95C

70C

60C

50C

40C

30C

Warning
Symbols for
Laundering


Do Not Wash


Do Not Bleach


Do Not Dry
(used with
Do Not Wash)


Do Not Iron


Bleach

Any Bleach
When Needed

Only Non-Chlorine Bleach
When Needed

Dry

Normal


Permanent
Press


Delicate/
Gentle

  
Line Dry/
Hang to Dry


Drip Dry


Dry Flat


Any Heat

High

Medium

Low

No Heat/Air
Additional
Instructions
(in Symbols
or Words)


Do Not Wring


Do Not
Tumble Dry


In the Shade
(added to line dry, drip dry or dry flat)


No Steam
(added to Iron)


Iron

200C
(390F)
High

150C
(300F)
Medium

110C
(230F)
Low

Dryclean

Any Solvent


Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene

Petroleum Solvent Only

Do Not
Dryclean


Short Cycle


Reduced Moisture


Low
Heat


No Steam Finishing

* This chart illustrates care symbols accepted by the Federal Trade Commission as part of a conditional exemption to the FTC Care Labeling Rule (16 CFR 423). This chart is referenced from ASTM D5489-96c, Fig. 1, Commercial and Home Laundering and Drycleaning Symbols, which illustrates the symbols to use for laundering and drycleaning instructions. As a minimum, laundering instruction shall include, in order, four symbols: washing, bleaching, drying, and ironing; and drycleaning instructions shall include one symbol. Additional words may be used to clarify language-dependent instructions.

We urge you to purchase the latest Annual Book of ASTM Standards that contains the complete symbol set from the American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.


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