While everyone has seen a care label before, few of us know what the symbols mean exactly. Find out in our guide below.
GOOD TO KNOW
The care label indicates the maximum treatment the garment can withstand several times over without being damaged. It can be found inside your garment on the left. The symbols are standardized and owned by Ginetex to ensure that the communication is uniform and easy to understand. If you want to find out more, we recommend that you visit the Ginetex website.
This symbol indicates whether household laundry is possible as opposed to professional cleaning, and recommends between hand or machine wash. The numbers correspond to the maximum washing temperature in degree Celsius, which must not be exceeded. Bars below the washing tub require mild treatment.
This symbol indicates whether the article may be bleached or not. Bleaching is a process carried out in an aqueous medium before, during or after washing to improve the removal of dirt and stains or to increase whiteness.
The square stands for the drying process. A circle in the square means a tumble dryer may be used, while the dots indicate the heat. Horizontal or vertical lines in the square indicate the natural drying process. A diagonal line means that the article must not be exposed to the sun
The dots indicate the temperature of the iron. Usually the ironing device itself also indicates temperatures for specific materials.
This symbol indicates whether professional textile care is necessary or not. The letters F and P stand for dry cleaning and specify the solvent in question. The letter W stands for wet cleaning and can only be used for articles that can be treated in water. The standard for wet cleaning cannot be achieved with the conditions of a household washing machine.