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Wash symbols made easy for once and for all
Who hasn’t been there? You’ve washed your clothes according to the washing instructions on the label, but your clothing has shrunk, is discolored or damaged in some way. We often think we know what the washing symbols mean, but reality proves otherwise. For instance, what is the difference between a symbol with or without a line underneath? It seems like an insignificant difference, but it has a lot of influence on the meaning of the symbol and therefore on the treatment of your garment. And let’s be honest, washing machine symbols don’t always speak for themselves. Time to clarify, so we’re telling you everything you need to know.
Care symbols on labels seem like a jumble of pictograms, but there is a clear system behind it all. We can divide the symbols into 5 main groups that are often shown in the following order on the care label. We’ll explain the most common symbols per group.

The best laundry tip? Wash your clothes as little as possible.

Most often, hanging your garment outside to freshen up is enough.

1. WASHING
Take into account that the number of degrees indicated on the label is a maximum. It’s always better for the durability of your garment to wash at a lower temperature if possible.

Machine wash at or below 30°C | Use regular settings and spin speed

Machine wash at or below 30°C on a delicate wash program | Use a lower spin speed | Load your machine to a maximum of ½ of the total weight to limit friction

Machine wash at or below 30°C on a wool wash program | Use a lower spin cycle | Load the machine to a maximum of 1/3 of the total weight to limit friction

Above instructions also apply to 40°C or 60°C laundry symbols – only the temperatures differ.

Wash by hand, or even better; use a laundry bag and machine wash on a hand wash program at 30°C. Washing by hand increases the chance of rubbing too hard or washing at the wrong temperature - washing machines prevent this. Prefer to wash by hand anyway? Allow the garment to soak gently, do not rub and make sure that the temperature is around 30°C. Colder water can create a shock effect that might cause the garment to shrink.

Do not wash the garment Manufacturers often choose the safest option as a precaution. With the exception of lined blazers and garments with delicate trimmings, you can often wash the garment safely in a mesh laundry bag using a gentle hand wash program. If this is the case, we always mention this in our shop.
2. BLEACHING

The garment is suitable to bleach

The garment is suitable to beach chlorine-free

The garment is not suitable to bleach

3. DRYING
It’s always better to line dry garments, both for the environment as well as for the durability. The less friction the garment is exposed to, the less chance of pilling and other damage.

The garment is suitable to tumble dry on a low temperature

The garment is suitable to tumble dry on a medium temperature

The garment is suitable to tumble dry on a high temperature and a ‘quick-drying’ program may be used

The garment should lay flat to dry | The garment is not suitable to tumble dry

The garment should hang to dry | The garment is not suitable to tumble dry

The garment is not suitable to tumble dry

4. IRONING

The garment is suitable to iron (without steam) at a maximum of 110°C

The garment is suitable to iron at a maximum of 150°C

The garment is suitable to iron at a maximum 200°C

The garment may not be ironed. Often the garment may be steamed

5. DRY CLEANING
Dry cleaning symbols can be recognized by the circular pictogram. The only thing you need to pay attention to, is whether the item is suitable for dry cleaning or not. The letters A, P, or F indicate which solvent the dry cleaner should use. Just bring the garment to a professional dry cleaner and they will take care of the rest.

The item is not suitable to steam or dry clean

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