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Have you picked up a skein of packaged yarn, or even a finished garment lately and noticed a series of symbols representing laundry care? Lost for ideas on what they mean in absence of the written information that used to be there? You're not alone. This new labeling standard is being phasing in as a requirement of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the symbols are those developed by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) for use in the United States.

At a minimum, there should be four symbols explaining care.
Click on any symbol to see how they can vary to provide you detailed informationt.

Machine Wash Normal

Beach when needed

Tumble Dry normal

Iron any temperature, steam or dry

Dry-cleaning

     

Do not wring. A common symbol used with knitwear as it will deform the stitches.

 
         
It is likely you will encounter other symbols in use. In Europe, there is a voluntary system which encourages industry to use the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) symbols for care labeling purposes. The Japanese Industrial Standard for Care Labeling requires the use of symbols for washing, chlorine bleaching, ironing, dry-cleaning, wringing and drying in that order. These symbols vary from those used in the US and Europe. In Canada, care labeling is based on the National Standard of Canada, Care Labeling of Textiles. Their use is not required, but if it is used it must be in compliance with the Canadian Care Labeling Program under the Textile Labeling Act. So there is no one 'true' international standard yet.