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GINETEX , based in France, is the European association for textile care labelling, and formed in after academic conferences in the late s were formed to define one standard of labelling. The care label describes the allowable treatment of the garment without damaging the textile. Whether this treatment is necessary or sufficient, is not stated.
A milder than specified treatment is always acceptable. The symbols are protected and their use is required to comply with the license conditions; incorrect labelling is prohibited. A bar below each symbol calls for a gentler treatment than usual and a double bar for a very gentle treatment. A stylized washtub is shown, and the number in the tub means the maximum wash temperature degrees Celsius.
A bar under the tub signifies a gentler treatment in the washing machine. A double bar signifies very gentle handling. A cross through washtub means that the textile may not be washed under normal household conditions. In the European standard, the level of wash agitation recommended is indicated by bars below the wash tub symbol.
An empty triangle formerly lettered Cl allows the bleaching with chlorine or non-chlorine bleach. Two oblique lines in the triangle prohibit chlorine bleaching. A crossed triangle prohibits any bleaching.
A circle in the square symbolizes a clothes dryer. One dot requires drying at reduced temperature and two dots for normal temperature. The crossed symbol means that the clothing does not tolerate machine drying. The iron with up to three dots allows for ironing.
The number of dots are assigned temperatures: An iron with a cross prohibits ironing. A circle identifies the possibilities of professional cleaning. A bar under the symbol means clean gently, and two bars means very gentle cleaning. The letters P and F in a circle are for the different solvents used in professional dry cleaning. The letter W in a circle is for professional wet cleaning.
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Washing Symbols: Basic Washing Instructions on Care Labels
Cleaner, fresher clothes means longer-wearing apparel. And clothes that are bleachable are easier to get clean. When a care label doesn’t mention bleach or says "Bleach when needed," it means it is safe to use Clorox liquid bleach. Just take a look at our pages on washing, bleaching, and dry cleaning for more information on taking care of your clothes in the washing machine, and our pages on tumble drying, natural drying, and ironing to make sure you give your clothes the TLC they deserve after you wash. Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate: Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items. Hand Wash: Garment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation. Do Not Wash: Garment may not be safely laundered by any process.