Laundry symbols can also be called care symbols. This is a pictogram which represents a method of washing, for example drying, dry-cleaning and ironing clothing items. Such symbols are written on labels, known as care labels or care tags, attached to clothing to indicate how a particular item should best be cleaned.
So if you have ever wondered why your clothes don’t last long, it is because you do not adhere to the laundry symbols on the clothes. Pay more attention to the laundry symbols and care labels and see how long your clothes would last!
1. Hand Wash: This simply means that the cloth should only be hand-washed. Try not to use machine or dry clean the cloth. So you have to comply to this rule if you want your cloth to last long!
2. Do Not Wash: There are some certain clothes that you should not wash with your hands . This is because the regular washing can make the colours fade or damage the fabric itself over time. When next you see this symbol, you know what to do now! Go straight to the dry cleaner.
3. Permanent Press: Some garments needs special treatment to prevent wrinkles. So when you see this, don’t bother ironing the cloth.
4. Drip Dry: Some fabrics, for example, synthetic should not be squeezed after washing. They are supposed to be hung dripping wet. When they are hung dripping wet, they dry crease-free, meaning they wouldn’t need ironing.
5. Dry Flat: This is an instruction for a knitted items, like a sweater, which will lose shape when you hang it on a hanger. Normally these types of items are placed on a flat surface, like on top of a clean towel, on the bed. And they are “blocked”, or placed in such a way as to form a natural shape of a sweater. In this way, you can prevent your sweater or knit garment from getting stretched out.
This is not all but we would continue later! Next week, we would be talk more on symbols pertaining to ironing and washing with a machine.