Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Laundry Day ...

So it's laundry day here in Rorbas, Zurich/Winterthur.  And I am reminded by the number of 'Dry Clean' only items I have in my wardrobe that I have a Dramatic/Romantic styling personality.  True to my 'dramatic' nature I buy items I love, thereby paying almost no attention to the ongoing care required.

You'd think I'd learn but still I find myself regularly frustrated on wash day while I do the 'should I risk it/should I not' Russian roulette in front of the machine, while simultaneously bemoaning the ongoing cost of my favourite item.  Clothes really should come with an ongoing care cost label - don't you think?

But then there's something SO satisfying about taking THAT risk with the machine when ta da, your item comes out clean, fresh, in one piece, the same size and with some cash saved.  Fantastic.

Does this sound like you? 

If so this could suggest that you also have 'dramatic' tendencies in your style personality.    If you just wouldn't dream of going for all this fuss / or ongoing costs when choosing clothes then you are likely to have 'natural' tendencies in your style personality.   

For all of us dramatic and naturals for whom washing instructions are central to our lives here's the:  LAUNDRY DECODER.    Now all you have to decide is when to check out the laundry instructions:   Before you Buy or On Laundry Day?


Note:  generally universal but some variations per country.  Please don't sue me if your prized items shrinks!

Wash Cycle Related

Washing Permanent Press symbolMachine Wash (Permanent Press)Garments which have been permanently shaped (are wrinkle resistant) should be laundered in the "permanent press" cycle. This cycle normally involves a cold rinse before a reduced spin cycle.
Washing Gentle or Delicate symbolMachine Wash (Gentle, Delicate)Wash only on the gentle cycle, involving a reduced spinning cycle and gentle agitation.
Hand Wash symbolHand Wash OnlyWash these garments using water, detergent or soap gently using your hands.
Do Not Wash symbolDo Not WashThese garments cannot be safely washed. Usually, these will need to be dry cleaned.

Temperature Related


Washing symbolMachine Wash (NORMAL)When there is no temperature or dots in the symbol, and no line underneath, it is recommended the garment be washed with hottest available water temperature, as hot water washes better than cold.
Washing 30C symbol
Washing Cold symbol
Machine Wash (COLD)When 30C or one dot is shown, the recommended maximum temperature for washing the garment is 30°C (85°F).
Washing 40C symbol
Washing Warm symbol
Machine Wash (WARM)When 40C or two dots are shown, the recommended maximum temperature for washing the garment is 40°C (105°F).
Washing 50C symbol
Washing Hot 50C symbol
Machine Wash (HOT)When 50C or three dots are shown, the recommended maximum temperature for washing the garment is 50°C (120°F).
Washing 60C symbol
Washing Hot 60C symbol
Machine Wash (HOT)When 60C or four dots are shown, the recommended maximum temperature for washing the garment is 60°C (140°F).
Washing 70C symbol
Washing Hot 70C symbol
Machine Wash (HOT)When 70C or five dots are shown, the recommended maximum temperature for washing the garment is 70°C (160°F).
Washing 95C symbol
Washing Hot 95C symbol
Machine Wash (HOT)When 95C or six dots are shown, the recommended maximum temperature for washing the garment is 95°C (200°F).


Bleaching Symbols


Bleach symbolBleach As NeededAny bleach may be used when needed on the garment.
Non-Chlorine Bleach symbolBleach As Needed (Non-Chlorine Only)Only non-chlorine, colour-safe bleach may be used on these garments when needed.
Do Not Bleach symbolDo Not BleachGarments with this symbol are not able to withstand any bleach.

Drying Symbols


Permanent Press symbolTumble Dry (Permanent Press)Garments may be dried in a tumble dryer, but only on the "permanent press" setting.
Gentle or Delicate symbolTumble Dry (Gentle)Garments may be dried in a tumble dryer, but only on the "gentle" setting.
Do Not Tumble Dry symbol
Do Not Dry symbol
Do Not Tumble DryGarment may not be tumble dried. Usually one of the alternative symbols below will be supplied.
Line Dry symbolLine DryHang the garment to dry.
Drip Dry symbolDrip DryHang the garment to dry, without shaping or smoothing.
Dry Flat symbolDry FlatLay the garment out flat to dry.
Dry In Shade symbolDry In ShadeThis symbol may appear in conjunction with Line or Drip Dry. Dry the garment in the shade, away from direct sunlight.
Do Not Wring symbolDo Not WringDo not wring the garment to dry.

Temperature Related


Tumble Dry symbolTumble Dry (Normal)Garment may be tumble dried at the hottest available setting.
Cold Tumble Dry symbolTumble Dry (Cold)Garment may be tumble dried only at the cold "No Heat" or "Air Only" setting.
Low Heat symbolTumble Dry (Low Heat)Garment may be tumble dried only at a low heat.
Medium Heat symbolTumble Dry (Medium Heat)Garment may be tumble dried up to a medium heat only.
High Heat symbolTumble Dry (High Heat)Garment may be tumble dried at a high heat.

Ironing Symbols


Iron symbolIron (Normal)Garments may be ironed at any temperature, using steam or dry.
Iron Low symbolIron (Low Heat)Garments may be ironed using steam or dry, at Low setting, 110°C (230°F), only.
Iron Medium symbolIron (Medium Heat)Garments may be ironed using steam or dry, at Medium setting, 150°C (300°F).
Iron Hot symbolIron (High Heat)Garments may be ironed using steam or dry, at High setting, 200°C (390°F).
Do Not Steam symbolDo Not SteamGarment may be ironed, but only dry. Using steam may damage the garment.
Do Not Iron symbolDo Not IronGarment may not be ironed.

Dry Cleaning Symbols


Dry Clean symbolDry CleanDry clean the garment, using any solvent, cycle, moisture & heat.
Any Solvent symbolDry Clean (Any Solvent)Dry clean the garment, using any solvent. This symbol may appear with others restricting the cycle, moisture or heat.
Petroleum Solvent symbolDry Clean (Petroleum Solvent)Dry clean only using a petroleum-based solvent.
Not Trichloroethylene symbolDry Clean (Not Trichloroethylene)Dry clean the garment using any solvent, except trichloroethylene.
Short Cycle symbolDry Clean (Short Cycle)Dry clean using the short cycle.
Reduced Moisture symbolDry Clean (Reduced Moisture)Dry clean using reduced moisture.
Low Heat symbolDry Clean (Low Heat)Dry clean on a low heat setting.
No Steam symbolDry Clean (No Steam)Dry clean using no steam.
Do Not Dry Clean symbolDo Not Dry CleanGarment may not be dry cleaned

Love, Suds & Sparkle
Lady Mirror Ball x

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