Care Label Guide
Mrs. Stewart’s® Guide to Clothing Care Labels
Caring for fabric in the proper way is important enough that Federal Regulations have been enacted requiring garment manufacturers to provide information about how to care for the garment. This information must be attached to the garment and must be readable upon purchase. The following guide will aid you in understanding the instructions on the Care Label of your garment. We encourage you to check the Care Labels on your garments and other fabric products and follow the instructions given for washing, drying and ironing. Doing so will prolong the life and quality of your garment.
Listed below are several common Care Labels found on today’s garments and fabric items. Click on each label listed to view more specific information about what it means.
Block to Dry
Maintain original size and shape while drying.
Water with a temperature up to 85 degrees F.
Cold Wash / Rinse
Use cold water or set washing machine for cold water.
Clean surface with damp cloth or sponge. Do not machine wash or dry.
Delicate Cycle / Gentle Cycle
Use appropriate machine setting with slow agitation and spin and reduced washing time. Or, wash by hand.
Do Not Bleach
Do not use bleach of any type.
Do Not Dry Clean
Use recommended care instructions. Dry cleaning chemicals should not be used.
Do Not Iron
Do not iron or press with heat.
Do Not Spin
Remove garment before spin cycle begins.
Do Not Use Chlorine Bleach
Do not use chlorine bleach. Oxygen bleaches may be used.
Do Not Wring
Hang dry, drip dry or flat dry only. Handle to prevent wrinkling and damage or distortion of fabric.
Hang wet and allow to dry with hand shaping only.
Dry Clean Only
Garment should be dry cleaned only, including self-service dry cleaning.
Lay garment horizontally flat on breathable surface to dry. Do not use automatic dryer.
Launder only by hand in lukewarm (hand-comfortable) water. May be bleached. May be dry cleaned.
Hand Wash Only
Launder only by hand in lukewarm (hand-comfortable) water. May be bleached. Do not dry clean.
Hand Wash Separately
Launder by hand in lukewarm (hand-comfortable water alone or with like colors. May be bleached. Do not dry clean.
Home Launder Only
Wash, bleach, dry and press by any customary method. Dry cleaning chemicals should not be used.
Use hot water or set washing machine for hot water.
Set iron at lowest setting.
Dampen garment before ironing.
Set iron at hot or hottest setting.
Iron Wrong Side Only
Turn garment inside out to iron.
Hang damp and allow to dry. Do not dry in automatic dryer.
Wash, bleach, dry and press by any customary method, including commercial laundering and dry cleaning. If no temperature is specified, water up to 150 degrees F. can be used.
When drying, choose the “no heat” or “air dry” setting on your automatic dryer. Or, air dry without a machine.
Use appropriate machine setting with warm wash, cool rinse and reduced spin cycle.
Professionally Dry Clean Only
Use the services of a licensed, professional dry cleaner only. Do not use self service dry cleaning.
Tumble dry. In absence of cool down cycle, remove at once when tumbling stops.
Iron or press with steam.
Dry in tumble dryer at specified setting. If no temperature is specified, a hot setting may be used.
Set iron at medium setting.
Warm Wash / Rinse
Use warm water or warm washing machine setting.
Water with a temperature between 90 and 110 degrees F. “Hand-comfortable”.
Wash Inside Out
Turn garment inside out before washing to protect fabric.
Wash alone or with like colors.