Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric

Care labels made easy for beginners

Care labels made easy

Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric

Fabric care labels made easy.
On the whole, this post will cover everything that you need to know about care labels and also the symbols you may find on these. As a whole, we hope this will help to ensure your clothing and fabric remain in the best possible condition.
Without a doubt, if you don’t look after your fabric in the correct way, you will risk permanently damaging your fabric or garment. For instance, washing a wool cardigan on a 60 degree wash, will most likely result in significant shrinkage. As well as washing instructions, this post will also cover many other symbols that are can be found.

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-What are care labels? Fabric care labels made easy

To begin our guide on fabric care labels made easy, we will first cover; what are care labels?

Altogether, care labels are small tags that are usually found sewn into your items of clothing. However, these care instructions may also be printed onto the wrong side of the garment or fabric instead.
Although they are commonly found on the back neckline or trousers, you may also find them sewn into the seam.
As well as this, other care labels may come in the form of a sticker on your clothing or a plastic/card tag.

In addition to this, within these tags, you should also find a range of symbols, which in turn; shows you how to care for your fabric.
Not only do we have these on our own clothes, but you also need to ensure you have a care label on clothing that you plan to sell, as this is a legal requirement. 
You can print out your own fabric labels HERE

Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric
Washing symbols explained. Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric

-Basic symbols- Fabric care labels made easy

Next we are going to discuss our care label symbols in more detail.
without a doubt, you will come across many different, confusing symbols on your clothing and fabric. However, we will start with the most basic.
Additionally, It is also important to note that each fabric type will also typically need to be cared for in different ways, therefore always check the label before washing.

Washing symbols
In most cases, this symbol will usually be shown as a small bowl of water which will contain a number or alternatively, a hand. Overall the number will indicate the temperature that this fabric should be washed at.
For example- In our image you can see a wash bowl with the number 30. Therefore, when washing this garment or fabric, your washing machine should be set to a 30 degree wash. On the other hand, you can also find the numbers at 40, 60 or 90.
However, other care labels may indicate the preferred washing temperature with dots inside the bowl. Overall, one dot is for a low temperature wash, 2 dots: medium wash and 3 dots: hot wash.
Furthermore, you will also at some point come across the washing symbol with a hand inside, this simply means that this fabric is HAND WASH ONLY.

 

 

 

Fabric care labels made easy- Bleaching clothes

Another symbol that you will also come across is the bleach symbol. Overall, this symbol is used to indicate whether the fabric/garment can be bleached or not.
In most of cases, this is shown as a triangle. However, you may also find a triangle with several diagonal lines in one direction, this symbol indicates that you are able to bleach this fabric with a non-chlorine bleach ONLY.

Alternatively, you may also find a triangle with a cross through it, which simply means that you CAN NOT bleach this fabric at all.

Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric
Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric
Fabric care labels made easy- Ironing symbol

Moving forward in our fabric care labels made easy, we come to the ironing symbol. 
Again, this is an important symbol to look out for on your care labels as many fabrics cannot withstand the heat of an iron, often resulting in burn marks or even melted fabric.

In addition to this, some fabrics that are able to be ironed, however, may only be able to take a small amount of heat. As with the washing symbols above; 1 dot refers to low heat, 2 for medium heat and 3 for high heat. Furthermore, you can refer to our images as a guide..

Tumble drying symbols- Care labels made easy

The next symbol on our care labels made easy guide is the tumble dyer symbol. As suggested in the name, this square symbol (that may or may not have a circle in the centre) is used to indicate the drying instructions on your garment or fabric.
As a rule, a square dryer symbol with a cross or X through it means DO NOT tumble dry.
Overall, it is very important to check this symbol as many fabrics will shrink or even melt in the dryer.
As with the washing and ironing symbol, the tumble dryer symbol can also be found with dots. Again, as above; this indicates high, medium and low heat.  

Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric
Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing. Care symbols explained. East to follow guide on care labels and how to care for your fabric
Care labels made easy- Dry clean symbols 

Last on our care labels made easy guide, we come to the dry clean symbol. Unlike the others, this symbol only has 2 alternatives.
As well as this, it is also possible that this symbol won’t be on you care label at all. Overall, a simple circle that is empty or has a letter ‘P’ in, indicates that this item CAN be dry cleaned.
On the other hand, similar to the other symbols, a cross or X through the circle indicates that this garment or fabric can NOT be dry cleaned.

Care labels made easy- 

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on care labels made easy. Although these symbols may be a lot to take in, over time you will soon get used to the care of each fabric that you work with.
As well as the symbols, ensure that you also choose the best detergent and softener for that item or fabric in order to maintain the best possible condition.

We hope that you have found this useful and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to message us or comment below.

Fabric and clothing care labels made easy. Everything you need to know about caring for your fabric and clothing

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