Are you thinking of starting a family run Laundry business, and want to make sure you’re going to be able to achieve complete customer satisfaction?  Have you ever put a favourite item of clothing into the washing machine just hoping for the best? To run a successful laundry business you will need to be confident in the service you provide. Laundry symbols are very important if you are using an automatic washing machine, or even if you are washing by hand. So, fear no more, we bring to you the answer to your questions - a simple step by step guide to washing symbols!


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Hand wash

- This symbol means that you can use any detergent and any water temperature that you wish in order to wash your item.

Machine wash

- This symbol indicates that the item you want to wash can only be washed in a washing machine that contains a function that will enable the maintenance of Permanent Press.

only wash the item in a washing machine with a setting that permits gentle movements as well as reduced time of washing

- This machine wash symbol means that you can only wash the item in a washing machine with a setting that permits gentle movements as well as reduced time of washing.

The item you want to wash should be hand washed

- This sign indicates that the item you want to wash should be hand washed.

Item cannot be washed in a washing machine or by hand

- This symbol warns that the item cannot be washed in a washing machine or by hand.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 30˚C.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 30˚C.

- These two laundry symbols indicate that the item should not be washed in a water temperature above 30˚C.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 40˚C

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 40˚C

- These two symbols indicate that the item should not be washed in a water temperature above 40˚C.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 50˚C

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 50˚C

- These two symbols indicate that the item should not be washed in a water temperature above 50˚C.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 60˚C” (200˚C)

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 60˚C

- These two textile care symbols indicate that the item should not be washed in a water temperature above 60˚C.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 70˚C

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 70˚C

- These two washing machine symbols indicate that the item should not be washed in a water temperature above 70˚C.

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 95˚C

Item should not be washed in a water temperature above 95˚C

- These two washing machine symbols indicate that the item should not be washed in a water temperature above 95˚C.

Item should not be wrung dry

- This sign means that the item should not be wrung dry.

Bleach can be used for the washing purposes of the item

- This symbol means that bleach can be used for the washing purposes of the item.

Bleach cannot be used on the item

- This sign indicates that bleach cannot be used on the item.

Chlorine bleach cannot be used for the washing purposes of the item

Chlorine bleach cannot be used for the washing purposes of the item

- Both of these signs indicate that chlorine bleach cannot be used for the washing purposes of the item.

Item can be tumble dried

- This symbol means that the item can be dried at the highest temperature available.

Item can be dried at “Low Heat” on the dryer setting

- This symbol means that the item can be dried at “Low Heat” on the dryer setting.

Item can be dried at the “Medium Heat” dryer setting

- This symbol means that the item can be dried at the highest level of the “Medium Heat” dryer setting.

Item can be dried at the “High Heat” dryer setting

- This symbol means that the item can be dried at the “High Heat” dryer setting.

Item can be dried on the “Air Only” or “No Heat” dryer setting

- This symbol means that the item can be dried on the “Air Only” or “No Heat” dryer setting.

Item should be hung from a bar or a line to dry

- This sign indicates that the item should be hung preferably outside from a bar or a line.

Item should be hung outside or inside from a bar or a line without being hand smoothed or shaped

- This sign indicates that the item should be hung outside or inside from a bar or a line without being hand smoothed or shaped.

Item should be laid out flat horizontally to dry

- This sign informs us that the item can only be dried while being disposed horizontally.

Item should be dried away from direct sunlight

- This sign informs us that the item should be dried away from direct sunlight.

Item cannot be dried in a dryer

Item cannot be dried in a dryer

- These symbols indicate that the item cannot be dried in a dryer.

Item can be ironed at any function of the iron

- This sign means that the item can be ironed at any function of the iron.

Item is not suitable for ironing

- This sign means that the item is not suitable for ironing.

Item can be ironed only at the “Low Setting” (110˚C)

- This ironing sign means that the item can be ironed only at the “Low Setting” (110˚C).

Item can be ironed only at the “Medium Setting” (150˚C)

- This ironing sign means that the item can be ironed only at the “Medium Setting” (150˚C).

Item can be ironed only at the “High Setting” (200˚C)

- This ironing sign means that the item can be ironed only at the “High Setting” (200˚C).

Item is not suitable for steaming

- This sign means that the item is not suitable for steaming.

Item can be dry cleaned in any possible way

- This symbol indicates that the item can be dry cleaned in any possible way.

Item can be dry cleaned with any solvent

- This symbol indicates that the item can be dry cleaned with any solvent.

Item can be dry cleaned with any solvent except trichloroethylene

- This symbol indicates that the item can be dry cleaned with any solvent except trichloroethylene.

Item can only be dry cleaned with a petroleum solvent

- This symbol indicates that the item can only be dry cleaned with a solvent that contains petroleum.

Item cannot be dry cleaned

- This symbol informs us that the item cannot be dry cleaned.

Item can be dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent in a short cycle

- This sign indicates that the item can be dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent in a short cycle.

Item can be dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent in reduced moisture setting

- This sign indicates that the item can be dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent in reduced moisture setting.

Item can be dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent in a low heat setting

- This sign indicates that the item can be dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent in a low heat setting.

Item item can be only dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent but without the usage of steam

- This sign indicates that the item can be only dry cleaned with A, P or F solvent but without the usage of steam.

If you are looking for more information, you may check with your machine supplier as well.

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