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What the signs on the laundry mean

Care Signs

Marks of care on labels for garments of domestic production in accordance with the requirements of GOST 10581-91 “Articles of clothing. Labeling, packing, transport and storage.

By reading the information on the signs below you will know how to wash, dry, iron, and clean your textiles correctly, which will help you maintain their appearance, color, and increase their durability.

1. Ironing
You can iron
Iron at high temperature (up to 200°C) Cotton, linen
Iron at an iron temperature not higher than 140 degrees
Iron at medium temperature (up to 130°C) Wool, silk, viscose, polyester, polyester
Iron with hot iron (temperature up to 120 degrees Celsius) Nylon, nylon, rayon, viscose, polyacrylic, polyamide, acetate
Do not iron
Do not steam
2. Drying
Dry at a high temperature
Can be tumble dried at medium temperature (normal tumble dry)
May be dried on a low temperature (gentle drying)
Do not wring out or dry in the washing machine
Can be wrung out and dried in the washing machine
Can be dried vertically without wringing
May be dried on a horizontal surface
Can be rope dried
Can be tumble dried
Do not dry
Dry in the shade
3. Bleach and dry clean
Dry clean using all common solvents
Dry cleaning with hydrocarbon, ethylene chloride, monofluorotrichloromethane (perchloroethylene-based cleaning)
Clean with hydrocarbon and trifluorotrichloromethane (only with freon or white spirit)
Gentle cleaning with hydrocarbon, ethylene chloride, monofloro-trichloromethane
Gentle cleaning with hydrocarbon and triflotrichloromethane
Dry cleaning
No dry cleaning
Careful during dry cleaning. Not resistant to all solvents. Washable in mineral spirits
Bleach permissible
Do not bleach. Do not use detergents which contain bleach (chlorine)
Can be bleached with chlorine (use only cold water, make sure the powder has completely dissolved)
Can be bleached, but only without chlorine
Bleach only without chlorine
4. Washing
Do not wash
Cannot be used in the washing machine
Gentle washing. Precisely maintain water temperature, do not subject to strong mechanical treatment, when wringing slowly centrifuge
Carefully follow the temperature, do not apply strong mechanical treatments, rinse in cold water, spin the appliance slowly in a washing machine, use slow spinning centrifuges
Delicate washing. Large amount of water, minimal mechanical treatment, quick rinse.
Hand wash only, not machine washable. No rubbing, no spinning. Maximum temperature 40 C.
Wash with a boil
Washing coloured linen (temperature up to 50 C)
Washing coloured items (temperature up to 60°C)
Wash clothes in warm water and neutral detergents, and wash coloured items (temperature up to 40°C)
Washing in warm water (Temperature up to 30 C)
No spinning, no twisting


In this section you will find a table with deciphering icons on garments that relate to the spin. It is important to choose the right spin cycle, to avoid deformation of the fabric.

The symbol Value
A crossed circle on the label indicates that automatic spins are not allowed
The circle enclosed in a square. this allows you to spin at any spin speed (even at high speed)
Circle in a square with one stripe at the bottom. the ability to spin clothes in a gentle mode
If the same icon has two stripes at the bottom, it is possible to turn on the automatic spinning in a delicate mode
Twisted fabric crossed out is a sign that things should not be twisted or wrung out. These items dry only naturally

We have understood the deciphering of the signs of care for clothes in the spinning part, next? You’ll find tips on how to properly dry your interior or closet pieces.

What to do if the tags on your clothes have been cut off?

Refer to the following general recommendations:

Separate synthetic and natural fabrics when washing;

Don’t be lazy to sort colored laundry from black and white;

Carefully read the washing machine’s instructions, so you know exactly what mode to use for this or that kind of fabric;

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Do not include a high spin speed, choose a medium amount (500-700);

Use the automatic drying mode as infrequently as possible;

Choose bleach thoroughly. A detergent that is appropriate for white items may bleach colored items.

When ironing, start at the lowest temperature. If the product tolerates it well and does not shine, but also smooths out perfectly, then you can not increase the temperature.

And also study the composition of the fabric from which the clothes are made. No corresponding information available? Then divide the items into delicates and cottons. The former require a gentle or hand wash at the lowest temperature. Cotton, on the other hand, is perfectly tolerant to almost any kind of treatment.

We’ve explained what the symbols on the clothes tags mean and what they mean for proper washing, drying, spinning and keeping your clothes aesthetically pleasing. Your task is to remember them. Then the care of your favourite fabrics is quick and easy.

Professional cleaning (dry or wet)

Dry cleaning on the clothing label is indicated by variable symbols and their various combinations. square, circle, dots, horizontal mowing lines. Let’s look at what the label may contain.


The letter symbol in the circle indicates that a certain type of solvent can be used.

One horizontal line

The underlined image is the delicate treatment.

Two horizontal lines

A pair of lines under the circle. the gentlest cleaning possible.

Dry cleaning (dry professional cleaning)

If the item can be dry-cut, a circle is placed on the label.

Aqua cleaning (professional wet cleaning)

Products that can be professionally wet cleaned carry the letter W circled.

Labels on clothing

When buying new clothes, we sometimes do not pay attention to the labels, which must necessarily be present on every textile product. We even cut them off if they interfere with wear. Cut. cut, but in any case do not throw away. they have very important information on them! What the icons on the garment mean? This marking is very important, because it tells about the care of this product: how to wash, dry it. These labels must contain complete information about the textile product, how many degrees it is possible to wash and iron a certain thing. Markings in the form of signs on the labels indicate how many degrees should be the temperature of the water when washing or ironing soleplate when ironing.

The meaning of the signs may not always be clear to everyone, because it is not always possible to clean clothes at home. There are dry cleaners in almost every city, so some of the information on the icons can only be understood by professionals who work in dry cleaning establishments.

By the way, a piece of fabric attached to the tags on clothing will show how the thing will behave during the wash. To test it, you should first wash it before you wash the garment.


Before you use bleach, make sure you look for the triangle on the label:

  • If there is a triangle, whitening is allowed.
  • If such a triangle will be crossed out, then, accordingly, bleaching is prohibited.
  • Also pay attention to the letters inside. if you see “Cl” in the triangle, you can use bleach agents with chlorine.
  • If the triangle with the letters “Cl” is crossed out, bleaching is allowed, but chlorine-based products should not be used. The same value has a triangle, inside which pass two diagonal mowing line.

Table of signs for drying things

Things can be dried at very high temperatures in both natural conditions and machine drying.
Drying at medium temperature.
Symbol for gentle drying at low temperatures.
Symbol indicates prohibition. Items with this symbol may not be dried in the dryer or washer. Also, the use of a spin in the washing machine can also affect the appearance of the product.
The symbol indicates that things can be dried and wrung in a washing machine.
Can only be dried vertically. items should be hung up wet without spinning.
Items may only be dried horizontally.
This sign informs that the product can be dried on a clothesline.
The product can be dried vertically, as well as in a dryer.
It is forbidden to dry clothes in a dryer or washing machine.
Clothes with this symbol on the label should only be dried in the shade. This symbol can be found on colored clothing.

It is very important to understand the meaning of the various symbols on the label, it will help you to keep your clothes in excellent condition for a long time. And do not forget about the right choice of washing machine, because a quality washing machine will allow you to multiply the safety of your favorite items dozens of times.

ATLANT always tries to simplify the process of taking care of our fabrics for our customers. All programs of ATLANT washing machines are configured in such a way that each program is responsible for washing clothes of different fiber composition and structure. The pictograms on the washing machine (on the control panel) indicate what program to choose to wash woollen, silk, synthetic fabrics, etc.д. You just need to look at the fabric composition on the garment label and select the right program. You will easily be able to do it, the icons on the ATLANT washing machine are easy to understand and all symbols on the control panel are supported by the text.

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The image of a square indicates the drying process. The symbols tell you whether clothes can be wrung and dried directly in the washer, or only normal drying is possible.

If there is no circle in the square, it means that the clothes must be dried in natural conditions, not in the machine.

The circle inscribed in the square shows the tumble drying after the washing process, the maximum temperature being indicated by one or more dots placed inside the symbol.

The main and additional symbols for washing, marked on the labels of clothes

The images of the signs were established by an international standard. Therefore, they will be identical on both domestic and foreign new clothes.

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The meaning of some individual icons can be guessed intuitively. Everything would seem to be logical: the depicted iron allows ironing, the blacked out one prohibits it. In the drawn square with a circle inside it is easy to recognize a washing machine. But not every housewife will understand that it means drying, not washing. And over some signs without a clue can break your head: letters in circles, sticks in squares and other geometric intricacies. Deciphering symbols on clothing labels is not a difficult task, but only if you know what they mean.

Laundry Care Symbols

There are many different signs, from the quite primitive to the very unusual. It is worth defining the main types of such signs. There are five in all. These are signs of washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and professional cleaning. And each of them has its own subtypes, the nuances in the image of which affect the peculiarities of the care of the thing.

Explaining Laundry Care Symbols

The main additional image can be called a prohibition sign, representing two crossed mowing lines. Generally a fairly typical illustrator of the word “no”.

Another possible addition is the stripes under the designation. This is a direct allusion to the delicacy of care.

Let’s talk about each symbol on the label and its additions in more detail, it’s time to fully understand how to wash by the icons on the clothes.



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