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Friday, November 14, 2008

Clothing Care Labels

Caring for fabric in the proper way is important enough that Federal Regulations have been enacted requiring garment manufacturers to provide information about how to care for the garment. This information must be attached to the garment and must be readable upon purchase. The following guide will aid you in understanding the instructions on the Care Label of your garment. We encourage you to check the Care Labels on your garments and other fabric products and follow the instructions given for washing, drying and ironing. Doing so will prolong the life and quality of your garment.
Block to DryMaintain original size and shape while drying.
Cold WaterWater with a temperature up to 85 degrees F.
Cold Wash / RinseUse cold water or set washing machine for cold water.
Damp WipeClean surface with damp cloth or sponge. Do not machine wash or dry.
Delicate Cycle /
Gentle Cycle
Use appropriate machine setting with slow agitation and spin and reduced washing time. Or, wash by hand.
Do Not BleachDo not use bleach of any type.
Do Not Dry CleanUse recommended care instructions. Dry cleaning chemicals should not be used.
Do Not IronDo not iron or press with heat.
Do Not SpinRemove garment before spin cycle begins.
Do Not Use
Chlorine Bleach
Do not use chlorine bleach. Oxygen bleaches may be used.
Do Not WringHang dry, drip dry or flat dry only. Handle to prevent wrinkling and damage or distortion of fabric.
Drip DryHang wet and allow to dry with hand shaping only.
Dry Clean OnlyGarment should be dry cleaned only, including self-service dry cleaning.
Dry FlatLay garment horizontally flat on breathable surface to dry. Do not use automatic dryer.
Hand WashLaunder only by hand in lukewarm (hand-comfortable) water. May be bleached. May be dry cleaned.
Hand Wash OnlyLaunder only by hand in lukewarm (hand-comfortable) water. May be bleached. Do not dry clean.
Hand Wash SeparatelyLaunder by hand in lukewarm (hand-comfortable water alone or with like colors. May be bleached. Do not dry clean.
Home Launder OnlyWash, bleach, dry and press by any customary method. Dry cleaning chemicals should not be used.
Hot WashUse hot water or set washing machine for hot water.
Iron CoolSet iron at lowest setting.
Iron DampDampen garment before ironing.
Iron HotSet iron at hot or hottest setting.
Iron Wrong Side OnlyTurn garment inside out to iron.
Line DryHang damp and allow to dry. Do not dry in automatic dryer.
Machine WashWash, bleach, dry and press by any customary method, including commercial laundering and dry cleaning. If no temperature is specified, water up to 150 degrees F. can be used.
No HeatWhen drying, choose the "no heat" or "air dry" setting on your automatic dryer. Or, air dry without a machine.
Permanent PressUse appropriate machine setting with warm wash, cool rinse and reduced spin cycle.
Dry Clean Only
Use the services of a licensed, professional dry cleaner only. Do not use self service dry cleaning.
Remove PromptlyTumble dry. In absence of cool down cycle, remove at once when tumbling stops.
Steam IronIron or press with steam.
Tumble DryDry in tumble dryer at specified setting. If no temperature is specified, a hot setting may be used.
Warm IronSet iron at medium setting.
Warm Wash / RinseUse warm water or warm washing machine setting.
Warm WaterWater with a temperature between 90 and 110 degrees F. "Hand-comfortable".
Wash Inside OutTurn garment inside out before washing to protect fabric.
Wash SeparatelyWash alone or with like colors.


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