Care Label Guide

Mrs. Stewart’s® Guide to Clothing Care Labels

Click to download Mrs. Stewart's Home Washing GuideCaring 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.

Cold Water

Water with a temperature up to 85 degrees F.

Cold Wash / Rinse

Use cold water or set washing machine for cold water.

Damp Wipe

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.

Drip Dry

Hang wet and allow to dry with hand shaping only.

Dry Clean Only

Garment should be dry cleaned only, including self-service dry cleaning.

Dry Flat

Lay garment horizontally flat on breathable surface to dry. Do not use automatic dryer.

Hand Wash

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.

Hot Wash

Use hot water or set washing machine for hot water.

Iron Cool

Set iron at lowest setting.

Iron Damp

Dampen garment before ironing.

Iron Hot

Set iron at hot or hottest setting.

Iron Wrong Side Only

Turn garment inside out to iron.

Line Dry

Hang damp and allow to dry. Do not dry in automatic dryer.

Machine Wash

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.

No Heat

When drying, choose the “no heat” or “air dry” setting on your automatic dryer. Or, air dry without a machine.

Permanent Press

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.

Remove Promptly

Tumble dry. In absence of cool down cycle, remove at once when tumbling stops.

Steam Iron

Iron or press with steam.

Tumble Dry

Dry in tumble dryer at specified setting. If no temperature is specified, a hot setting may be used.

Warm Iron

Set iron at medium setting.

Warm Wash / Rinse

Use warm water or warm washing machine setting.

Warm Water

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 Separately

Wash alone or with like colors.