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Note: At a minimum, laundering instructions include, in order, four symbols: washing, bleaching, drying, and ironing. Dry cleaning instructions include one symbol. Additional symbols or words or both may be used to clarify the instructions. The water temperatures listed are provided as a guideline. Actual water temperatures obtained in the home depend on the washing machine settings (hot, warm, cold), regional water supply temperatures, and water heating settings.

Machine Wash Cycle
Icons:
What it means:
Regular/Normal Cycle with regular agitation and spin speed may be used.
Use Permanent Press/Wrinkle Resistant washer setting (which has a cool down or cold spray before the reduced spin).
Use Gentle/Delicate washer setting (slow agitation and/or reduced wash time).
Hand wash only.
Do not wash.

Do not wring by hand or use rollers on wringer washer. Hang dry, drip dry or dry flat.
 

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Water Temperature
Icons:
What it means:
Maximum water temperature 200
F/95
C.
Maximum water temperature 160
F/70
C.
Maximum water temperature 140
F/60
C.
Maximum water temperature 120
F/50
C.
Maximum water temperature 105
F/40
C.
Maximum water temperature 85
F/30
C.
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Tumble Dry Cycle
Icons:
What it means:
Machine dry.
Use Normal Cycle setting.
Use Permanent Press/Wrinkle Resistant Cycle setting.
Use Gentle/Delicate Cycle setting.
Do not tumble dry.
 

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Heat Setting
Icons:
What it means:
Set dryer at any heat.
Set dryer at High heat.
Set dryer at Medium heat.
Set dryer at Low heat.
No heat/air.
Do not dry (used with do not wash).
 

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Special Instructions
Icons:
What it means:
Line dry/hang to dry - hang damp from line or bar and allow to dry.
Drip dry - hang wet on plastic hanger and allow to dry with hand shaping only.
Dry flat - lay garment on flat surface.
Dry in the shade.
 

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Bleach Symbols
Icons:
What it means:
Use any bleach (when needed).
Use only non-chlorine bleach (when needed).
Do not bleach.
 

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Iron - Dry or Steam
Icons:
What it means:
Iron - Ironing is needed.
Iron using High temperature setting.
Iron using Medium temperature setting.
Iron using Low temperature setting.
Do not iron or press with heat.
No steam - iron without using steam.
 

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Dryclean - Normal Cycle
Icons:
What it means:
Dryclean.
Dryclean using any solvent.
Dryclean using any solvent except trichloroethylene.
Dryclean using Petroleum solvent only.
Do not dryclean.
 

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Special Dryclean Instructions
Icons:
What it means:
Low heat.
Short cycle.
Reduce moisture.
No steam finishing.
 

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