What do laundry symbols mean

The Woolmark Company has released a Wool Care Guide app, placing information on apparel care at the tip of your fingers.

Available for all Apple and android devices, the Wool Care Guide app can be downloaded free-of-charge via the Apple App Store or Google Play stores.

The Wool Care Guide app easily explains to consumers what different labels and logos mean which they may find on their wool products, and details the steps to make washing wool apparel easy. You can wash, dry and iron your wool clothing at home with the confidence that Woolmark Apparel Care products are tested and approved for their performance in caring for wool.

The following is a list of the symbols used by The Woolmark Company in care instructions for Woolmark-approved apparel. They are explained to help you to care for your wool products so that they give you the optimum performance in the laundry, making washing wool easy. You will find these labels on the underside of your wool items.

Download The Woolmark Company’s Guide To Understanding Care Labels.

 

40°C (OR 30°C) VERY MILD WASH

For articles e.g. in machine-washable wool. This washing cycle ensures a much reduced mechanical treatment. Reduce the quantity of laundry substantially. The drum should be not more than one-third full. It’s best to use a cycle for wool or delicates for these garments.

HAND WASH

Hand wash at a water temperature between 30°C and a maximum of 40°C, depending on the particular article. First dissolve a fine detergent in plenty of water. Allow the textiles to float in the solution and agitate carefully. Do not rub, pull and wring out. Then rinse the textiles well, press the superfluous water out carefully and pull into shape. Treat coloured and sensitive pieces rapidly and do not leave lying in the wet state.

DO NOT WASH

Articles marked in this way must not be washed. They may be sensitive to any kind of wet treatment or be unsuitable for washing in a domestic washing machine because of their size.

DO NOT BLEACH

The triangle with a diagonal cross (St. Andrews Cross) indicates that bleaching is not allowed. Use only bleach-free detergent.

DO NOT TUMBLE DRY

Articles unsuitable for tumble drying.

MILD DRYING PROCESS

Caution is appropriate when tumble drying. Select mild process with reduced thermal action temperature, duration of treatment.

IRON AT MODERATE TEMPERATURE

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 150°C. Corresponding to the “wool/silk/polyester/viscose” setting: iron under a moderately moist intermediate cloth. A steam iron can be used. Avoid heavy pressure.

PROFESSIONAL DRY-CLEANING

Professional dry-cleaning in perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons (heavy benzines).


Normal cleaning process with no restrictions. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may be used with some restrictions. A trial on a concealed part of the article is advisable beforehand.

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