Here are a few tips as to how you should care for your knitted garments to ensure that they last a long time.
The bowl symbol, indicates that the garment can be washed in water in a washing machine or by hand. Within the bowl, there is a figure indicating the temperature, in number of degrees Celsius, that should be used to wash the garment. The line under the bowl indicates any limitations to the normal washing process.
Always make sure that the washing powder is completely dissolved in the water before putting the garment into it. Never sprinkle or pour washing powder directly onto the garment or allow colored garments to soak. This can result in discoloration. Avoid leaving garments to soak!
Garments of untreated wool or silk, for example, with washing instructions "hand wash, max 40C", demand special care. Use a washing powder that is specifically intended for 40C washing in water. Do not soak. Wash directly in water of the correct temperature with the washing powder well dissolved in the water. Gently squeeze the garment in the washing water, do not rub or ring out. Rinse thoroughly. A short spin removes excess water best. Shake out the garment once it is half dry, to give it a "fuller" feel. Dry heavy knitted garments flat.Ironing
The iron symbol means that the garment can be normally ironed or a rotary iron used. Within the symbol there is/are one or more dots to indicate the ironing temperature.
The triangle indicates that the garment can be bleached using chlorine. The letters CL, the chemical symbol for chlorine can be seen inside the triangle
The circle indicates that the garment can be dry cleaned. The letter inside the circle indicates the type of dry cleaning fluid to be used.
In addition, there is a new washing instruction called Wet Clean. This indicates a professional wash with a mixture of water and synthetic tensides.Drying
The rectangle is a symbol for drying. Water must removed from the textile before drying. Virtually all textiles can be given a short spin, for a maximum of one minute. Many garments can also be tumble dried. Garments with a Gore-Tex membrane should, for example, be tumble dried for best results. On the other hand, avoid tumble drying garments that you particularly cherish, as tumble drying wears the garment. The most important thing is to follow the symbol that indicates whether or not the garment should be tumble dried.