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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
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


What it means:

Maximum water temperature 200

Maximum water temperature 160

Maximum water temperature 140

Maximum water temperature 120

Maximum water temperature 105

Maximum water temperature 85

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Tumble Dry Cycle


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.


Heat Setting


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


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


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


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


What it means:


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


What it means:

Low heat.

Short cycle.

Reduce moisture.

No steam finishing.

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