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The meanings of washing labels

Speed Queen, the leader in industrial laundry and self-service laundries, explains below the meaning of the various washing, drying, ironing and bleaching labels you may find on your clothes. Regardless of washing labels, the type of textile fiber is critical: if in doubt about the correct way to washing something, ask a professional.

Laundry instructions

Symbols / Meaning

signification des étiquettes de lavage
The item must not be washed, either by machine or by hand: dry cleaning must be used.
signification des étiquettes de lavage
Hand wash only. Maximum temperature, 40 ° C.

signification étiquettes de lavage
Machine wash, cotton program (standard wash) at 30 ° C maximum.

signification des étiquettes de lavage
Normal wash cycle at 40 ° C maximum.

signification des étiquettes de lavage
Normal wash cycle at 60 ° C maximum.

signification des étiquettes de lavage
Normal wash cycle at 95 ° C maximum.

signification étiquettes lavage

 

You may find one or two horizontal lines below and of these symbols. If there is only one line, use the synthetics program (medium speed). If there are two lines, use the wool program (minimum speed).

Example: The symbol above means you should wash your clothes at 30 degrees maximum with a wool program or a special program for delicate fabrics (minimum speed).

Ironing and drying instructions

Symbols /Meaning

signification étiquette lavage
Do not iron.

signification étiquette lavage
Iron without steam up to a maximum temperature of 110 ° C.  Recommended for acrylics, nylon, acetates.
signification étiquette lavage
Iron at medium temperature, 150 ° C. Recommended for polyester and wool.

signification étiquette lavage
Iron at high temperature, 200 ° C. Recommended for cotton and linen textiles.
signification étiquette lavage
No machine drying.

signification étiquette lavage
Dry in the dryer: delicate program.

signification étiquette lavage
Dry in the dryer: normal program.

 

Professional cleaning instructions

Symbols / Meaning

signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
Do not dry clean.

signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
Do not wash in water.

signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
Professional water washing only The W in the symbol refers to Wet cleaning (water cleaning or wet washing).
signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
The laundry may be washed using perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons, R113 and R11 solution.
signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
The laundry can be washed with R113 solution and hydrocarbons.

signification étiquettes lavage professionnelThe laundry may be washed with perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons and solutions R113 and R11, but there are specific indications regarding temperature and moisture.
signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
The laundry may be washed with R113 solution and hydrocarbons but there are specific indications regarding temperature and moisture.
signification des étiquettes de lavage professionnel
The linen can be washed by wet washing (wet cleaning) but there are specific indications regarding temperature and moisture.

Instructions for bleaching laundry

Symbols / Meaning

signification étiquettes blanchir le linge


No particular instructions: you may bleach your laundry using any bleaching agent.

signification étiquettes blanchir le linge
No particular instructions: you may bleach your laundry using any bleaching agent.

signification étiquettes blanchir le linge
Do not use bleach. Use products intended for colors and delicates.

signification étiquettes blanchir le linge
Sodium percarbonate may be used.

 

Instructions for natural drying

Symbols / Meaning

5
Dry flat/in the sun/after machine drying.

6
Dry flat/in the shade/after machine drying (by drainage)

7
Dry flat/in the sun/without machine drying.

8
Dry flat/in the shade/without machine drying.

9
Dry on a line/in the sun/after machine drying.

10
Dry on a line/in the shade/after machine drying.

12
Dry on a line/in the sun/without machine drying.

11
Dry on a line/in the shade/without machine drying.

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