From bathroom placards to “slippery when wet” signs along the highway, our day-to-day lives are filled with symbols. We decipher these ideograms hundreds of times a day without even thinking about them; however, many of these omnipresent representations still elude many of us. Most people would quickly recognize a biohazard sign, but only a select few may be able to decipher the symbol for “tumble dry at a low temperature.”
The pesky tags on the backs of our t-shirts contain an array of useful and exceedingly specific information, much of which goes unnoticed. Understanding these modern hieroglyphics may not save your life, sure, but it just might save your sweater from shrinking.
|Machine wash, permanent press|
|Machine wash, gentle or delicate|
Hand washing is the preferred cleaning method with many delicate items. The strenuous spin and undulating of the mechanical wash cycle may stretch or damage certain articles of clothing.
|Do not machine wash|
|Machine wash at or below 80°F / 30°C
This setting helps minimize the risk of shrinking or fading. Delicate fabrics are more likely to be damaged by warm water, while bright colors may bleed onto other materials.
|Machine wash at or below 105°F / 40°C|
|Machine wash at or below 140°F / 60°C|
|Machine wash at or below 160°F / 70°C|
|Machine wash at or below 200°F / 95°C|
|Do not wring
Delicate articles may be stretched or damaged by wringing.
|Dry clean only|