Care Instructions

You’ve spent a money for your products—it’s important that you know how to take care of them in the best way possible!

    1. Printing Wash Instructions
    2. Laundry Symbols Explained
    3. Wash and Dry different fabric

Printed apparel (direct-to-garment)

We use the latest direct-to-garment (DTG) printing technology to offer a wide variety of printable garments and design color options. We use high-quality inks that won’t fade for a long time if taken care of properly.

Keep in mind that the original manufacturer’s care instructions don’t take into consideration the DTG printing process. So we suggest following the care instructions on this page to learn how to take care of your printed garments properly.

Printed apparel can be machine-washed cold, inside-out on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and like colors. Use non-chlorine bleach only when necessary. You shouldn’t use any fabric softeners or dry-clean the items.

DTG-printed apparel can be tumble-dried on a low cycle, but hang-dry works best. When it comes to ironing, use cool iron inside-out. Don’t iron the print.

Follow these instructions carefully to avoid fading and cracking of the print, and shrinking the garment that can occur if you wash or dry it on a high setting.

Embroidered apparel

Embroidered apparel can be machine-washed cold, inside-out on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and like colors. You can use a small amount of chlorine bleach, but non-chlorine is the safer option.

If you notice any color residue in water, rinse the garment in lukewarm water and then in cold several times, but try not to rub any stained embroidery. Embroidered clothing can also be dry-cleaned.

After washing, don’t leave the clothing to soak or lie in a pile while wet. Don’t wring out the embroidered items, but if you want to tumble-dry them, use a cool air setting.

If the garment needs ironing, do it inside-out, preferably between two pieces of cloth. You shouldn’t wet embroidery before ironing or use a steam iron.

Embroidered hats and backpacks

Embroidered hats and backpacks can be wiped clean with a damp cloth in the spots where it’s needed. If necessary, hats can be hand-washed cold. Don’t use brushes.

Both hats and backpacks can’t be machine-washed, bleached, tumble-dried, ironed, and dry-cleaned. Read the manufacturer label carefully for any other instructions.

Our Exclusive Range apparel

All-over printed apparel can be machine-washed cold with like colors, without bleach. You can tumble-dry the apparel on low heat. It can’t be ironed and dry-cleaned.

Our Exclusive Range sweatshirts, hoodies, and joggers

All-over printed sweatshirts, hoodies, and joggers have cotton in their fabric, and it makes their care different from other products. So, while they can be machine-washed cold with like colors and ironed on low heat, they can’t be tumble-dried or dry-cleaned. Don’t use bleach while washing.

Laundry symbols explained

One of the key factors to keep your clothes looking fresh for a long time is how you take care of them. This is where the laundry wash symbols on the care tag come in handy. Who would’ve known the care label is there for a reason other than making my back itch?

Laundry care symbols or just care symbols are small pictograms on the care label tag of a garment. These icons show washing, drying, ironing, and other instructions that help you tend to your clothes correctly.

Let’s go through laundry symbols and what they mean, one by one!

Washing symbols

machine wash symbol

Machine Wash

Golden rule: a tub of water represents a washing machine. This care label symbol means you can wash your clothes in the washing machine in normal, standard settings.

machine wash temperature symbol

Machine Wash (with temperature)

Machine wash symbol with degrees inside of it means you should wash your garments in the washing machine at the temperature shown.

machine wash permanent press symbol

Machine Wash (Permanent Press)

This symbol with a tub and a line under it signifies that you should use the permanent press setting on your washing machine. This setting means that your clothes are washed gently to prevent wrinkling. Your washer does this by washing the clothing with warm water on a slow spin cycle. This cycle is usually best for synthetic and blended fabrics.

machine wash delicate gentle symbol

Machine Wash (Delicate/Gentle)

Another rule to remember: the more bars under the tub, the more gentle the washing cycle should be. A tub with two bars under it means you should set your washer to a delicate or gentle washing cycle. This cycle is used for fragile items such as lace underwear, wool clothing, and blouses.

machine wash temperature setting symbol

Machine Wash (with temperature settings)

The washing machine symbol with one or multiple dots inside indicates how hot or cold the water temperature should be (when not indicated with numbers).

  • 1 dot =  65°F–85°F (18°C–29°C)
  • 2 dots =  105°F (40°C)
  • 3 dots = 120°F (49°C)
  • 4 dots = 140°F (60°C)
  • 5 dots = 160°F (71°C)
  • 6 dots = 200°F (93°C)
hand wash symbol

Hand Wash

A symbol of a tub and a hand in it means this item should be hand-washed. Some washing machines have a Hand Wash cycle setting, however, it’s not suitable for all garments with the Hand Wash symbol on the care tag. You shouldn’t machine-wash your clothing on this setting if the item is vintage or antique, heavily embellished or embroidered, is woven and can tangle with itself, and if your item can be misshaped if stretched. This cycle is usually okay for synthetic blend fabrics, small pieces of clothing made from natural wool fibers, like socks and gloves, and also big items like sweaters.

do not wash symbol

Do Not Wash

This care label symbol with a crossed-out tub means you shouldn’t wash your garment at home and it has to be professionally dry cleaned.

Bleaching symbols

any bleach symbol

Any Bleach

All triangle symbols refer to bleaching instructions. A simple triangle like this one means your clothing item can be bleached with any bleach.

non chlorine bleach symbol

Non-Chlorine Bleach Only

A triangle pictogram with diagonal lines means you can bleach your garment, but only with a bleach that doesn’t contain any chlorine. Usually, you’ll see this symbol on clothing that’s made out of materials like spandex, wool, silk, mohair, and leather. Chlorine bleach can break down the fabric of such clothing.

do not bleach symbol

Do Not Bleach

A solid black, crossed-out triangle means your garment isn’t suitable for bleaching.

Drying symbols

tumble dry symbol

Tumble Dry (Normal)

This square symbol with a circle inside means you can tumble dry your clothes on normal, standard settings in your dryer.

tumble dry permanent press and delicate gentle symbol

Tumble Dry (Permanent Press and Delicate/Gentle)

Similar to washing symbols, lines under the Tumble Dry symbol represent the cycles you should dry your garms in. One line is for the Permanent Press cycle and two lines are for the Delicate/Gentle cycle setting.

tumble dry heat setting symbol

Tumble Dry Heat Setting (Low, Medium, and High)

Is it just me or as we go on, these symbols start to make more and more sense? The dots inside the Tumble Dry symbol indicate the heat setting you should use when drying the specific item. Accordingly, 1 dot is for low heat, 2 dots for medium heat, and 3 dots for high heat.

tumble dry no heat symbol

Tumble Dry (No Heat)

This Tumble Dry symbol with a filled circle in the middle means that your clothes can be tumble dried, however, you shouldn’t use any heat in the process.

line dry symbol

Line Dry

A square symbol with a semicircle at the top indicates that your clothing item should be line-dried. It means you shouldn’t use an electric dryer, but smoothen out and shape your garments before hanging them to air-dry instead. This method also saves a lot of electricity, therefore, is a more eco-friendly way to dry your clothes.

drip dry symbol

Drip Dry

This square symbol with 3 vertical lines symbolizes drip drying. The item can be hung in the shower, and you should let the excess water drip down naturally. The difference between line-drying and drip-drying is that you don’t shape or smoothen out your item before leaving it to drip-dry.

flat dry symbol

Flat Dry

The care label symbol above means you should let your clothing dry on a flat surface. This method is often used for things like knitted jumpers to avoid the material misshaping the garment.

dry in shade

Dry in Shade

2 parallel lines in the upper corner of the symbol on the care label mean your piece of clothing needs to be dried in shade. You might see this tag on dark items because drying your clothes in direct sunlight can lead to colors fading.

do not wring symbol

Do Not Wring

This laundry symbol shows a crossed-out wrinkled fabric. It means you shouldn’t wring your garment as it can damage the material.

Ironing symbols

iron symbol

Iron (Any Temperature, Steam, or Dry)

Ironing symbols are quite easy. This flat iron character means you can iron your tee, sweater, or pants at any temperature you want. The same goes for steaming and drying it with an iron.

iron temperature symbol

Iron (Low, Medium, and High Temperatures)

As we’ve seen above, more dots mean higher temperature or heat. 1 dot inside an iron represents low temperature (230°F), 2 dots—medium temperature (290°F), and 3 dots—high temperature (300°F). You should iron your clothing at the temperature shown on the label.

do not steam symbol

Do Not Steam

An icon showing crossed-out steam coming from a flat iron means you shouldn’t steam your favorite blouse or shirt because you might ruin it if you do. This technique is great for eliminating wrinkles, however, it’s not suitable for all fabrics.

do not iron symbol

Do Not Iron

A crossed-out flat iron character signifies that you shouldn’t iron your garm at all.

 

How to wash and dry different fabric types

It’s important to remember that different types of fabric require different care. You can see that by going to your closet and comparing care labels of two clothing items made from different materials.

In this section of the blog article, I’ll briefly explain the main fabric care instructions you should keep in mind when washing and drying different types of fabric. It’s important to follow these instructions to keep your clothes in a good condition and to avoid ruining them with inappropriate care.

Cotton

Cotton is one of the most widely used fabrics for clothes manufacturing and it’s also quite easy to take care of.

You can set your washing machine to standard settings and throw your cotton garms in. The only trick with cotton is the temperature you wash it in—don’t go for high degrees because it can lead to your cotton clothes shrinking and the colors running.

Heat isn’t cotton’s best friend, so you should avoid tumble-drying. It’s better to line or flat-dry your cotton clothes. And if you’re drying them outside, don’t forget to turn the clothing inside out to prevent the colors from fading in the sun.

Polyester

Polyester fabric is widely used for garments and not hard to maintain fresh-looking. It’s often combined with different types of fabric. Polyblends are manufactured to give certain characteristics to a garment. For example, it’s mixed with cotton to make the latter smoother or less prone to wrinkling.

Polyester clothing can be machine-washed on a standard washing cycle. It’s recommended to wash polyester clothing at 86°F–104°F (30°C–40°C).

Polyester fabric won’t shrink if you tumble-dry it on low heat. Pro tip: to avoid static, take your polyester goodies out of the dryer when they’re still slightly damp.

Elastane (or spandex, lycra)

Elastane (also known as spandex or lycra) is a durable, stretchy fabric that’s widely used in sports attire, like leggings and shorts. It can also be blended with other fabrics to give a stretch to a garment.

Most of the clothing which contains elastane can be machine-washed. However, you should avoid chlorine bleach when washing spandex because it can ruin the structure of the material.

Some spandex blend fabrics can be tumble-dried unless stated otherwise on the care label. Keep in mind that clothing items with a higher elastane content may not do well with heat, therefore line-drying is the safest option. If you decide to tumble-dry this material, turn the heat as low as possible.

Jersey fabric

A lot of t-shirts you own are made of jersey fabric. This material is usually a blend of cotton, wool, and synthetic fibers. It’s versatile since it can offer natural stretch when it’s single-knit, but gives a heavier feel when double-knit.

Taking care of jersey fabric is similar to taking care of cotton because it’s a blend of cotton, wool, and synthetic fibers. Use standard settings on your washing machine, but keep the temperature down as this material is prone to shrinking in high temperatures. Due to that, avoid tumble-drying and use the flat drying method instead.

Rayon (or viscose, modal)

Rayon fabric is made out of cellulose fibers which come from wood pulp. It can also be labeled as viscose or modal. It’s widely used for making clothing and other accessories because of its versatility and low base price.

Taking care of rayon can be tricky. To avoid ruining the fabric you should either hand or machine-wash it on the Delicate setting. Never wring or twist viscose garments.

After washing, allow your rayon clothes to line-dry or leave them to drip-dry.

Recycled polyester (or rPET)

Recycled polyester or rPET for short is a fabric that contains synthetic fibers. Unlike regular polyester, it has a smaller carbon footprint. The reason is that rPET is produced by recycling existing materials (like plastic) instead of making more new waste. Recycled polyester has the same characteristics as regular polyester.

You should machine-wash rPET items using the Permanent Press washing cycle. This material has a tendency to become a little stiff after washing and produce static electricity, therefore you need to add a fabric softener during rinsing.

This fabric is best dried on a low heat setting in the dryer or line-dried.

Silk

Silk is a natural protein fiber fabric that is made to produce comfortable, soft clothing items, such as dresses, blouses, ties, and others.

You have to approach washing silk gently. In order not to ruin it, hand-wash it in cool water mixed with a gentle detergent. On rare occasions, your silk garment’s care label might say it can be machine-washed. If you decide to machine-wash it, use the Gentle cycle setting without other fabrics in the machine because silk tends to bleed color.

If you want to be safe and not ruin your silk items by accident, wash them by hand.

Never wring or tumble-dry your silk garment. The best option is to either flat-dry or leave it on a hanger to dry. Silk dries quite quickly, but remember not to leave it in the sun as the colors may fade.

Cashmere

Cashmere is a very soft and light fabric that feels great on your skin. It also requires special care.

Depending on the fabric composition of your cashmere garment, you can do two things: machine-wash it in cold water (no warmer than 86°F) on a Gentle cycle or gently hand-wash it, also in cold water.

Cashmere should be air-dried and never tumble-dried. Keep it away from any sources of heat, like the sun or a radiator.

Leather

There are different types of leather, therefore, it’s difficult to give a set of advice on all of them. The first thing you want to check out is, of course, the care label. If you see the Do Not Wash laundry symbol, you should trust dry cleaners with washing this item.

But there are types of leather you can indeed wash at home. If the care label says so, you’re good to go. You should wash leather like this: select the Gentle or Delicate cycle, set the water temperature to cold, and the spin cycle to medium.

When drying leather, you can use a towel straight after washing to remove excess moisture and then leave it to air-dry. Do not put leather items in a dryer, as it can lead to the material wrinkling.

Wool

Wool jumpers are very soft and comfy, but also require gentle care to look fresh for years. It’s not uncommon for wool to be mixed with other fabrics, which makes the washing a little easier.

If the care label of the specific garment says it should be hand-washed, you need to do it in cold water mixed with a mild detergent that’s suitable for wool (some are not). If the item contains a mix of wool and other fabrics and is machine-washable, you should wash it on the Gentle cycle in cold water and add a wool washing liquid.

Wool is best air-dried. Do not tumble-dry it as it can shrink in high temperatures.

Thanks to the source of the info on this page. Laura Mikelsone Laura is a Content Marketing Specialist at Printful. She speaks 5 languages and her professional passion lies in translating, copywriting, and the overall art of marketing.

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