Dry Clean: Any dry cleaning process can be used and may include moisture,
pressing by steam or steam-air procedures, and drying up to
Professionally Dry Clean: The item may be cleaned by varying from a
normal dry cleaning process. The care label
provide specific instructions.
Spot Clean Only: The only thing that can be done is stain removal without
immersing or otherwise cleaning the entire garment.
Hand Wash: This is a gentle soaking process with very limited agitation
by hand. Other information may include specific water
Machine Wash: This instruction indicates that use of either a commercial
or home washer is acceptable. The type of cycle may be
specified, such as a
gentle cycle. Other information may include specific water
requirements, and bleaches that can or cannot be used.
Bleach: Care labels on washable garments will usually indicate if bleach
can be used and, if so, which type is appropriate. Common terms
include: “Do Not
Bleach,” “Non-Chlorine Bleach Only,” or “Bleach When Necessary.”
the type of
bleach is not specified, any type may be used.
Tumble Dry: Most garments have tumble or machine drying instructions
along with recommended temperatures such as low, medium,
press, hot, or no heat. If no temperature is recommended, the
garment can be
tumbled in a hot dryer.
Line And Drip Dry: This instruction means that the garment should be
placed on a clothesline or hanger when removed from
washing machine. If a
garment is heat sensitive, the label may state, “Line
Away from Heat.”
Dry Flat: Usually found on garments susceptible to stretching when wet
(such as sweaters), this instruction entails placing the
a towel in
order to absorb moisture as it dries or using a drying rack
that allows air to circulate completely around the garment.
Iron: If ironing is recommended, iron or temperature settings are usually
stated. Instructions may include: “Cool/Low Iron,” “Warm/Medium
Iron,” “Iron on the Wrong Side Only,” “Steam,” “Do Not Steam,” “
no temperature or setting is stated, the highest setting can be