How to read garments' care labels - Manteco

How to read garments care labels

Discover how to take better care of your garments

Why is it so important to check your garments' labels?

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Care labels are probably the least visible and smallest elements in garments, yet they can undoubtedly be considered as one of the most important tools that consumers have at their disposal. The correctness of the information and the clarity of the contents are the first indicators of the manufacturer’s seriousness and, therefore, the reliability of the purchased product. In fact, In addition to the brand name and size, there can be a lot of other fundamental information about the garment; in particular where it was produced, which materials it is made of and the care instructions, which provide information, for consumers as well as professionals cleaners, on the maximum permitted treatment and on the proper care of textiles.

There are 5 groups of care symbols

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Washing symbols

These symbols tell whether domestic washing is possible or not and applies both to hand and machine washes. The numbers in the wash tub specify the maximum washing temperatures, while the bars below the wash tub identify the strenght of washing cycles ( no bar= easy care; 1 bar= mild wash; 2 bars= very mild wash

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Drying symbols

These symbols tell you the way your garment should be dried: tumble drying or natural drying? While the square frame is the general symbol for drying, the circle in the square is a reference to tumble drying. The dots in the dryer drum indicate the temperature and strenght to be used. The symbol containing horizontal or vertical line(s) in the square indicate the natural drying process. The Oblique line symbolizes the respective natural drying process to be carried out in the shade.

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Ironing symbols

These symbols tell you wether you can iron your garment or not, and which is the temperature to do it. 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.

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Professional care symbols

These symbols give 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.

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Bleaching symbols

These symbols tell whether the article may or may not be bleached.

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After decades in the fashion world, in 2018, we have created the Manteco Academy project, through which we  give webinars, in-person lessons and workshops on eco-design, circular economy and sustainability to numerous fashion schools, technical universities and brands worldwide. Thanks to this educative commitment and our heritage, we are often invited as guest speaker at events, panels, podcasts and conferences about sustainable fashion and circular economy.

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