Garment Wash Care Symbols

To communicate wash care instructions to the wearer a set of care symbols are used in wash care labels. It is very important to follow care instructions properly during washing/dry cleaning to prevent damages in washing and ironing. 

There are 5 primary symbols commonly found in care labels such as washing, bleaching, tumble drying, ironing and dry clean. Under each category, there are variations like different wash instruction etc.


One example of the care label is shown below.
Apparel wash care label
wash care label
Symbols and their meaning are explained in the following chart. 
When signs are marked with X (crossed) that means “Do Not” perform.



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