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Laundrysymbol

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Alaundrysymbol,alsocalledacaresymbol,isapictogram whichrepresentsamethodofwashing,forexampledrying,dry cleaningandironingclothing.Suchsymbolsarewrittenonlabels, knownascarelabels,attachedtoclothingtoindicatehowa particularitemshouldbestbecleaned.Therearedifferent standardsforcarelabelsforthedifferentcountries/regionsofthe world.Insomestandards,pictogramscoexistwithorare complementedbywritteninstructions. Treatmentindicatedbythesymbolsis"themaximumpermitted treatment"andisnotrequiredorrecommended.GINETEXstates that"milderformsoftreatmentandlowertemperaturesthanthose indicatedonthelabelarealwayspermitted."Forexample,ifa symbolindicateswashinginhotwaterandtumbledrying, washingincoldwateranddryingonaclotheslinearealso acceptable.
Laundrycaresymbolswith instructionsinJapanese.Thefour symbolsshownindicatethatthe garmentmustnotbewashedin water,mustnotbebleached,maybe ironedonlywithaprotectivepressing cloth,andmustbedrycleaned.

TheCanadiansystemwasformerlythemostcolorfulone,using threecolours:greenfor"goahead",yellowfor"becareful",andredfor"stop".Thissystemhasbeen abandonedwiththedecisiontomovetoacommonNorthAmericanscheme.[1] GINETEX,basedinFrance,istheEuropeanassociationfortextilecarelabelling,andformedin1963after academicconferencesinthelate1950swereformedtodefineonestandardoflabelling.

Contents
1LaundrysymbolsinEurope 1.1General 1.2Washing 1.3Bleaching 1.4Drying 1.4.1Tumbledrying 1.4.2Naturaldrying 1.5Ironing 1.6Professionalcleaning 1.6.1Chemicalcleaning 1.6.2Wetcleaning 2NationalandInternationalstandards 3Seealso 4References 5Externallinks

LaundrysymbolsinEurope

General
Thecarelabeldescribestheallowabletreatmentofthegarmentwithoutdamagingthetextile.Whetherthis treatmentisnecessaryorsufficient,isnotstated.Amilderthanspecifiedtreatmentisalwaysacceptable. Thesymbolsareprotectedandtheiruseisrequiredtocomplywiththelicenseconditions.Incorrect labellingisprohibited.Abarbeloweachsymbolcallsforagentlertreatmentthanusualandadoublebar foraverygentletreatment.

Washing
Astylizedwashtubisshown,andthenumberinthetubmeansthemaximumwashtemperature(degrees Celsius).Abarunderthetubsignifiesagentlertreatmentinthemachine.Adoublebarsignifiesvery gentlehandling.Ahandinthetubsignifiesthatonly(gentle)handwashing(notabove40C)isallowed. Acrossthroughwashtubmeansthatthetextilemaynotbewashedundernormalhouseholdconditions. IntheEuropeanstandard,thelevelofwashagitationrecommendedisindicatedbybarsbelowthewash tubsymbol.Absenceofbarindicatesamaximumagitation(cottonwash),asinglebarindicatesmedium agitation(syntheticscycle)andadoublebarindicatesveryminimalagitation(silk/woolcycle).[1] (http://www.ginetex.net/files/pdf/gin_pfle_kar_ch_gb_web_rz.pdf)Thebarsymbolsalsoindicatethelevel ofspinrecommendedwithmorebarsindicatinglowerpreferredspinspeed.[2] (http://www.ginetex.net/files/pdf/gin_pfle_bro_ch_gb_web_rz.pdf)

Washingsymbol

Washat30C

Washat40C

Washat50C

HandWash

Donotwash

Bleaching
Anemptytriangle(formerlyletteredCl)allowsthebleachingwithchlorineornonchlorinebleach.Two obliquelinesinthetriangleprohibitchlorinebleaching.Acrossedtriangleprohibitsanybleaching.

Bleachingallowed (chlorineandnon chlorinebleach)

Nonchlorinebleach only

Bleachingwithchlorine allowed(obsolete)

Donotbleach

Donotbleach

Drying
Acircleinthesquaresymbolizesadryer.Onedotrequiresdryingatreducedtemperatureandtwodots fornormaltemperature.Thecrossedsymbolmeansthattheclothingdoesnottoleratemachinedrying.In theU.S.andJapan,thereareothericonsfornaturaldrying. Tumbledrying

Tumbledryingsymbol

Tumbledrying(low temperature)

Tumbledrying(normal)

Donottumbledry

Naturaldrying

Dryingsymbol

Linedry

Dryflat

Dripdry

Dryintheshade

Linedryintheshade

Dryflatinshade

Dripdryinshade

Ironing
Theironwithuptothreedotsallowsforironing.Thenumberofdotsareassignedtemperatures:One pointmeans110C,twopointsmeans150Candthreepointsmeans200C.Anironwithacrossprohibits ironing.

Ironingsymbol

Ironatlowtemperature

Ironatmedium temperature

Ironathightemperature

Donotiron

Professionalcleaning
Mainarticle:Surfactant Acircleidentifiesthepossibilitiesofprofessionalcleaning.Abarunderthesymbolmeanscleangently, andtwobarsmeansverygentlecleaning. Chemicalcleaning ThelettersPandFinacircleareforthedifferentsolventsusedbyprofessionaldrycleaners.

Professionalcleaning symbol

Dryclean,hydrocarbon solventonly(HCS)

Gentlecleaningwith hydrocarbonsolvents

Verygentlecleaning withhydrocarbon solvents

Dryclean,PCEonly

Gentlecleaningwith PCE

Verygentlecleaning withPCE

Donotdryclean

Wetcleaning

TheletterWinacircleisforprofessionalwetcleaning.

Professionalwet cleaning

Gentlewetcleaning

Verygentlewet cleaning

Professionalwet cleaningisnotallowed

NationalandInternationalstandards
AlthoughthereisaninternationalstandardthathasbeenagreedbytheISOandwithinEuropebytheEU, copyrightlawsmakeitdifficulttopublishthesewidely.Howevertherehavebeenattemptstosummarize themainnationalandinternationalstandards.[3] (http://www.intertek.com/uploadedFiles/Intertek/Divisions/Consumer_Goods/Media/PDFs/Services/Low %20Res%20CompleteCareLabelling.pdf)

Seealso
Washingmachine Clothesdryer Airfreshener

References
1. ^GuidetoApparelandTextileCareSymbols(http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ocabc.nsf/eng/ca02009.html), OfficeofConsumerAffairs,Canada

Externallinks
EuropeanWashCaresymbolsshowingagitationlevels (http://www.ginetex.net/files/pdf/gin_pfle_kar_ch_gb_web_rz.pdf) ISO3758:2005Textilescarelabellingcodeusingsymbols (http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=21196) carelabelling.co.ukHomeLaunderingConsultativeCouncilWhatSymbolsMean (http://www.carelabelling.co.uk/whatsymbolsmean.html) ic.gc.caTherevisedCanadianstandard(http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/inoca bc.nsf/en/ca02009e.html) butiksdatabasen.seSwedishwashingsymbols (http://www.butiksdatabasen.se/tvaettsymboler_med_foerklaringar.asp) textileaffairs.comUnitedStatescaresymbols(http://www.textileaffairs.com/ccommon.htm) indiantextilejournal.comFurthercaresymbols,includingJapanese

(http://www.indiantextilejournal.com/articles/FAdetails.asp?id=390) CFAccessories.comUS,Japanese,andUKwovenwashinglabelsymbols (http://www.cfaccessories.com/information) LaundryGuidetoCommonCareSymbols(http://www.textileaffairs.com/docs/lguide.pdf)Textile IndustryAffairs GuidetoCommonHomeLaundering&DrycleaningSymbols (http://www.textileaffairs.com/docs/common050608.pdf)TextileIndustryAffairs WashingSymbols(http://www.washingsymbols.co.uk/)APrintableGuide Retrievedfrom"http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Laundry_symbol&oldid=576597895" Categories: Laundry Pictograms Consumersymbols Thispagewaslastmodifiedon10October2013at15:30. TextisavailableundertheCreativeCommonsAttributionShareAlikeLicenseadditionaltermsmay apply.Byusingthissite,youagreetotheTermsofUseandPrivacyPolicy. WikipediaisaregisteredtrademarkoftheWikimediaFoundation,Inc.,anonprofitorganization.