Our clothes work hard; they cover us not only decently but also protect us from intense weather conditions. This hard work doubles with high rotations. Frequent washing and tumble drying can cause wear and tear. As they are made up of different kind of fabrics, you can’t use same rinsing and care methods for all. The best way to take care of them is to follow the symbols and care instructions mentioned in the pictogram attached inside of apparel. These symbols are the labels that provide complete information about machine and hand wash. The blending of different threads to make single attire makes them delicate and difficult to wash. You can’t wash them with cotton and denim shirts. Similarly, knitted garments made up of nylon need extra care during a wash. Extremes of temperature, detergent choice and bleach can destroy delicate and synthetic stuff. All you need is to spend few minutes and read these labels to follow the right method.
Here I am sharing seven most important washing symbols you should never ignore, once you watch them on the label.
Water Bucket with X
A bucket with a huge X across it shows the item is not suitable for washing; rather it should be dry cleaned only. You can’t immerse them in water as water can destroy it. It would either shrink or expand the fabric. Generally, heavy blankets, woolen and designer knitted jackets carry this label.
A hand on a water bucket
This specifies that the piece is fit for a hand wash only. Totally avoid machine wash as tumbling and twisting during the run can alter the colour, texture and size. A simple container filled with lukewarm or cold water and mild detergent will work best to clean them.
Single bucket of water
This mark stands for normal machine wash. There is no need to setup your washer with complicated cycles. Costumes with the sign are usually made up of cotton. Usually, trousers and shirts are made up of cotton and can be washed in normal cycles conveniently.
Water bucket plus temperature
A bucket with a temperature on the label tells that material is sensitive to the temperature. This means you can wash it in a standard cycle of your washer under controlled temperature. The heat must not exceed the temperature printed on the label. Most of the time 30 to 40 degree Celsius temperature is given for synthetic and delicate clothes, whereas linen and cotton will be perfectly cleaned at the temperature of 60 to 90 degrees. If you mistakenly exceed the temperature limit you will end up damaging the piece. Pay special attention while setting up the temperatures of the machine.
Line under a bucket
This mark shows that fabric needs customised washing to maintain the press and shape of an outfit. The best way to avoid damages is to rinse in cold water after a single cycle of machine wash, which is followed by spinning at mild speed. Maintaining these mild washing conditions will avoid shrinking and helps to maintain the shape.
Two lines under the bucket
This symbol predicts that the fabric is super delicate and can’t be machine wash in a standard cycle. You must select the option of the delicate cycle; if you want to machine wash them. Also, limit the total cycle time to maintain the press and shape of apparel.
An empty blank triangle simply represents that outfits are safe to wash with commercial detergents commonly available at stores. As they are not delicate, you can choose any suitable method to wash them after considering the design and color of an item. If they are bright you should not wash them with the stock of whites and lighter hues. Also, avoid using an excess of detergent and bleach to protect the colour intensity of fabric.