EXISTING CARE SYMBOLS UNDER ISO 3758:2012
You will find below a complete overview of the care labelling symbols and care instructions under the ISO 3758 standard, for a standardized and harmonized worldwide care labelling systems.
Select a symbol to access all the possible variations.
This symbol indicates whether domestic washing is possible and applies both to hand and machine washes.
The numbersin the wash tub specify the maximum washing temperatures in degrees celsius which must not be exceeded.
One bar below the wash tub characterises a milder cycle with reduced mechanical action (e.g. mild washing process). The bar identifies washing cycles which are particularly suitable for “easy-care” and mechanically sensitive articles. The double bar describes a very mild washing cycle (e.g. woollens).
The triangle indicates whether the article may or may not be bleached.
The square is the symbol of the drying process. The circle in the square is a reference to tumble drying.
The dots in the dryer drum indicate the severity of the to temperature of the tumble drying process.
In the absence of a tumble dry symbol, the symbols for washing and ironing give indications as to drying. The more intensive the permitted method of treatment, the simpler drying will be; the lower the washing and ironing processes, the more caution is necessary when drying. The program text does not at present permit a clear determination for all appliances as to which textiles are suitable for tumble drying (household appliance).
The symbol containing horizontal or vertical line(s) in the square indicate the natural drying process, line drying, drip line drying, flat drying, drip flat drying. The oblique line symbolizes the respective natural drying process to be carried out in the shade.
The dots indicate the temperature ranges for ironing (regulator, steam, travel irons and ironing machines).
The maximum temperature must be selected solely on the basis of the care label and not according to the fibre content of a textile article.
If no care label is provided, it is preferable to be guided by the number of dots rather than the fibre content. Caution is also appropriate when the fabrics have embossed effects or applications (note the care label).
However, some articles must not be ironed.
The symbol gives information on the possibility of professional dry- or wet-cleaning. The circle symbolizes the dry-cleaning and wet-cleaning process for textile articles carried out by professionals. It provides information different cleaning processes.
The care symbols are protected trademarks in most countries. They may not be produced, issued or used without a special license agreement with GINETEX as the owner of the trademarks.
Licensees are required to make correct use of the symbols at all times in compliance with the applicable guidelines. Breaches might lead to legal actions.
Commercial companies (wholesalers, importers etc.) are required to ensure the obligation of correct care labelling pursuant to the GINETEX guidelines in the orders placed with their suppliers.
When purchasing textiles, consumers should check the textile articles before buying, to make certain that textile products bear the care symbols allowing them to follow the right care instructions.