Apparel and Textile Care Symbols

Apparel and Textile Care Symbols

What do all these symbols on a care label mean?  Basically the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires a garment apparel manufacture to attach a care label to every garment sold in the United States with the appropriate care for that garment.  Some manufacture will use a care label with text, others will use the international symbol shown on the chart above.  The chart above is fairly self explanatory, simply match the symbol from the care label with the symbol on the chart to see the specific instructions.  Regardless of whether the care label has text or symbols it must contain the correct cleaning process for that specific garment.

Although it is required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that a care label contain the correct cleaning information, it is always best to test the cleaning and stain removal products in a hidden area of the garment for colorfastness and material surface variation before use.  Simply apply a small amount of the cleaning or stain removal product on a white towel, then use that area of the towel to blot a hidden area of the garment.  From there check the white towel for color transfer to the towel and check the garment for any changes or variations to the texture of the material, as well as the overall finish of the garment.  If there is any color transfer to the towel or change to the finish of the material use caution before proceeding.  Consult the store the garment was purchased from and/or your local professional green dry cleaner.