This symbol indicates whether household laundry is possible as opposed to professional cleaning, and recommends between hand or machine wash. The numbers correspond to the maximum washing temperature in degree Celsius, which must not be exceeded. Bars below the washing tub require mild treatment.
This symbol indicates the garment should not be machine washed. The temperature in a washing machine might be too high for the material to handle and it is therefore required to wash by hand. Place garments in a clean sink or a tub and make sure to use a mild detergent.
This symbol indicates whether the article may be bleached or not. Bleaching is a process carried out in an aqueous medium before, during or after washing to improve the removal of dirt and stains or to increase whiteness.
The square stands for the drying process. A circle in the square means a tumble dryer may be used, while the dots indicate the heat. Horizontal or vertical lines in the square indicate the natural drying process. A diagonal line means that the article must not be exposed to the sun.
This symbol indicates that the garment should not be tumble dried. Certain materials such as silk and wool cannot handle the heat well as it can cause shrinking. Delicate items such as garments with beading or other details can be a bit too delicate to handle the spinning from drying.
The dots indicate the temperature of the iron. Usually, the ironing device itself also indicates temperatures for specific materials.
This symbol indicates whether professional textile care is necessary or not. The letters F and P stand for dry cleaning and specify the solvent in question. The letter W stands for wet cleaning and can only be used for articles that can be treated in water. The standard for wet cleaning cannot be achieved with the conditions of a household washing machine.