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Laundry Symbols – What they Mean

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Have you ever looked at your clothing’s tag and noticed a line of random symbols? While most of us just read the size, a tag contains a lot of useful information on the items care. One of the most important being laundry symbols. The information provided in these symbols is actually required by law. And when followed can add years to the life of your favorite clothing and home goods. So make sure to to treat your clothing with care, following our quick guide below.

What are laundry symbols?

In-short, these symbols provide info on the recommended care of the product by the maker. Wash or dry clean? Tumble or hang dry? Your tag will answer these questions and even provide your dry cleaner with important information about the piece. Including what solvent to use, heat, and more. Below we provide a quick guide to help you read your clothes tag.

Why are laundry symbols on the tags?

There have been three major laws passed that effect clothing labels. The Textile Fiber Products Identification Act was passed in 1960 and effect most of the products made today. The other two are The Fur Products Labeling Act (1952) and the Wool Products Labeling Act (1939).

These laws state that an item must include:

  • Fiber Content of Tag
  • Country of Origin
  • Manufacturer
  • Care Instruction

If you have questions about the care of your clothing, send us a message and we will do our best to help you find the best answer.