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Washing

95°C boiling wash

Articles e.g. in cotton or linen, white, suitable for boiling, dyed or printed. Fill the drum completely. Set an appropriate washing program (normal washing cycle). Pretreat stubborn stains.

70°C boiling wash

Articles e.g. in cotton or linen, white, suitable for boiling, dyed or printed. Fill the drum completely. Set an appropriate washing program (normal washing cycle). Pretreat stubborn stains. Energy-saving method.

60°C coloured wash

Coloured articles which must not be washed at boiling temperature e.g. made of cotton, modal, polyester and mixed fabrics.

60°C coloured wash

“Easy care” coloured wash: reduce the quantity of laundry. The drum must not be more than two-thirds full. Set the appropriate washing program (careful wash). Prewash only if the textiles are heavily soiled. Avoid spinning or do spin for short periods only to minimise the risk of creasing.

40°C coloured wash

Washing cycle e.g. for dark coloured articles made of cotton, polyester, mixed fabrics etc.

40°C mild wash

Fine laundry, e.g. in modal, viscose, synthetic fibres (polyacryl, polyester and polyamide). Reduce the quantity of laundry. Select a suitable washing program. Prewash only heavily soiled textiles. Avoid spinning or do spin for short periods only to minimise the risk of creasing.

40°C very mild wash

For articles e.g. in machine-washable wool. This washing cycle ensures a much reduced mechanical treatment. Reduce the quantity of laundry substantially. The drum should be not more than on-third full. Select an appropriate washing program.

30°C fine wash

Washing cycle, e.g. for dark coloured articles in cotton, polyester, mixed fabrics etc. Select an appropriate washing program.

30°C mild fine wash

For articles, e.g. in modal, viscose, polyacryl, polyester and polyamide. Reduce the quantity of laundry. Select an appropriate washing program. Avoid spinning or do spin for short periods only to minimise the risk of creasing.

30°C very mild fine wash

Articles made, e.g. of machine-washable wool. This washing cycle ensures a much reduced mechanical treatment. Select an appropriate washing program. Reduce the quantity of laundry substantially.

Hand wash

Hand wash at a water temperature between 30° C and a maximum of 40° C, depending on the particular article. First dissolve a fine detergent in plenty of water. Allow the textiles to float in the solution and agitate carefully. Do not rub, pull and wring out. Then rinse the textiles well, press the superfluous water out carefully and pull into shape. Treat coloured and sensitive pieces rapidly and do not leave lying in the wet state.

Do not wash

Articles marked in this way must not be washed. They may be sensitive to any kind of wet treatment or be unsuitable for washing in a domestic washing machine because of their size.

Bleaching

Any bleaching agent is allowed

The empty triangle is the symbol for chlorine and oxygen bleach.

Only oxygen bleach allowed

The triangle with two oblique lines indicates that oxygen bleach (contained in universal detergents) is permitted but not chlorine bleach.

Do not bleach

The triangle with a diagonal cross (St. Andrews Cross) indicates that bleaching is not allowed. Use only bleach-free detergent.

Drying

Normal drying process

Drying in the tumbler is possible under normal load and temperature (80°) without limitations.

Mild drying processes

Caution is appropriate when tumble drying. Select mild process with reduced thermal action (temperature, duration of treatment).

Do not tumble dry

Articles unsuitable for tumble drying.

Line drying

e.g. all colourfast textiles

Drip line drying

e.g. colourfast, large textiles to dry them without wrinkles.

Flat drying

e.g. heavy, colourfast textiles

Drip flat drying

e.g. colourfast but delicate textiles

Line drying in the shade

e.g. textiles which are not colourfast (silk)

Drip line drying in the shade

e.g. delicate textiles like silk

Flat drying in the shade

e.g. woolen or delicate textiles

Drip flat drying in the shade

e.g. woolen jackets

Ironing

Hot Iron

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 200 °C. Corresponding to the “Cotton/linen” setting; iron whilst damp; treat and if necessary moisten; shiny or pressure-sensitive pieces should be ironed with press cloth or ironed inside out. A steam iron may be used.

Iron at moderate temperature

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 150 °C. Corresponding to the “wool/silk/polyester/viscose” setting: iron under a moderately moist intermediate cloth. A steam iron can be used. Avoid heavy pressure.

Iron at low temperature

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 110 °C. Corresponding to the “Polyacryl, polyamide (nylon), acetate” setting: if necessary, shiny or pressure-sensitive pieces should be ironed with a press cloth or inside out. Caution when using steam irons (as a rule, work without steam).

Do not iron

Irreversible changes must be expected if an iron is used.

Professional cleaning

Professional dry-cleaning in: perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Normal cleaning process with no restrictions. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may be used with some restrictions. A trial on a concealed part of the article is advisable beforehand.

Professional dry-cleaning in: perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Mild cleaning process with stringent limitation of added humidity and/or mechanical action and/or temperature. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may be used with some restrictions. A trial on a concealed part of the article is advisable beforehand.

Professional dry-cleaning in: hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Normal professional dry cleaning process in hydrocarbons

Professional dry-cleaning in: hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Mild cleaning process with stringent limitation of added humidity and/or mechanical action and/or temperature. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may not be used.

Do not dry-clean

No professional dry-cleaning allowed. Do not use stain removers which contain solvents.

Professional wet-cleaning

Normal wet cleaning methods with no restrictions.

Mild professional wet-cleaning

Wet cleaning technique for sensitive textiles with reduced mechanical action.

Very mild professional wet-cleaning

Wet cleaning techniques for very sensitive textiles with much reduced mechanical action.

Do not wet-clean

No professional wet-cleaning allowed.

95°C boiling wash

Articles e.g. in cotton or linen, white, suitable for boiling, dyed or printed. Fill the drum completely. Set an appropriate washing program (normal washing cycle). Pretreat stubborn stains.

70°C boiling wash

Articles e.g. in cotton or linen, white, suitable for boiling, dyed or printed. Fill the drum completely. Set an appropriate washing program (normal washing cycle). Pretreat stubborn stains. Energy-saving method.

60°C coloured wash

Coloured articles which must not be washed at boiling temperature e.g. made of cotton, modal, polyester and mixed fabrics.

60°C coloured wash

“Easy care” coloured wash: reduce the quantity of laundry. The drum must not be more than two-thirds full. Set the appropriate washing program (careful wash). Prewash only if the textiles are heavily soiled. Avoid spinning or do spin for short periods only to minimise the risk of creasing.

40°C coloured wash

Washing cycle e.g. for dark coloured articles made of cotton, polyester, mixed fabrics etc.

40°C mild wash

Fine laundry, e.g. in modal, viscose, synthetic fibres (polyacryl, polyester and polyamide). Reduce the quantity of laundry. Select a suitable washing program. Prewash only heavily soiled textiles. Avoid spinning or do spin for short periods only to minimise the risk of creasing.

40°C very mild wash

For articles e.g. in machine-washable wool. This washing cycle ensures a much reduced mechanical treatment. Reduce the quantity of laundry substantially. The drum should be not more than on-third full. Select an appropriate washing program.

30°C fine wash

Washing cycle, e.g. for dark coloured articles in cotton, polyester, mixed fabrics etc. Select an appropriate washing program.

30°C mild fine wash

For articles, e.g. in modal, viscose, polyacryl, polyester and polyamide. Reduce the quantity of laundry. Select an appropriate washing program. Avoid spinning or do spin for short periods only to minimise the risk of creasing.

30°C very mild fine wash

Articles made, e.g. of machine-washable wool. This washing cycle ensures a much reduced mechanical treatment. Select an appropriate washing program. Reduce the quantity of laundry substantially.

Hand wash

Hand wash at a water temperature between 30° C and a maximum of 40° C, depending on the particular article. First dissolve a fine detergent in plenty of water. Allow the textiles to float in the solution and agitate carefully. Do not rub, pull and wring out. Then rinse the textiles well, press the superfluous water out carefully and pull into shape. Treat coloured and sensitive pieces rapidly and do not leave lying in the wet state.

Do not wash

Articles marked in this way must not be washed. They may be sensitive to any kind of wet treatment or be unsuitable for washing in a domestic washing machine because of their size.

Any bleaching agent is allowed

The empty triangle is the symbol for chlorine and oxygen bleach.

Only oxygen bleach allowed

The triangle with two oblique lines indicates that oxygen bleach (contained in universal detergents) is permitted but not chlorine bleach.

Do not bleach

The triangle with a diagonal cross (St. Andrews Cross) indicates that bleaching is not allowed. Use only bleach-free detergent.

Normal drying process

Drying in the tumbler is possible under normal load and temperature (80°) without limitations.

Mild drying processes

Caution is appropriate when tumble drying. Select mild process with reduced thermal action (temperature, duration of treatment).

Do not tumble dry

Articles unsuitable for tumble drying.

Line drying

e.g. all colourfast textiles

Drip line drying

e.g. colourfast, large textiles to dry them without wrinkles.

Flat drying

e.g. heavy, colourfast textiles

Drip flat drying

e.g. colourfast but delicate textiles

Line drying in the shade

e.g. textiles which are not colourfast (silk)

Drip line drying in the shade

e.g. delicate textiles like silk

Flat drying in the shade

e.g. woolen or delicate textiles

Drip flat drying in the shade

e.g. woolen jackets

Hot Iron

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 200 °C. Corresponding to the “Cotton/linen” setting; iron whilst damp; treat and if necessary moisten; shiny or pressure-sensitive pieces should be ironed with press cloth or ironed inside out. A steam iron may be used.

Iron at moderate temperature

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 150 °C. Corresponding to the “wool/silk/polyester/viscose” setting: iron under a moderately moist intermediate cloth. A steam iron can be used. Avoid heavy pressure.

Iron at low temperature

Iron at maximum sole plate temperature of 110 °C. Corresponding to the “Polyacryl, polyamide (nylon), acetate” setting: if necessary, shiny or pressure-sensitive pieces should be ironed with a press cloth or inside out. Caution when using steam irons (as a rule, work without steam).

Do not iron

Irreversible changes must be expected if an iron is used.

Professional dry-cleaning in: perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Normal cleaning process with no restrictions. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may be used with some restrictions. A trial on a concealed part of the article is advisable beforehand.

Professional dry-cleaning in: perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Mild cleaning process with stringent limitation of added humidity and/or mechanical action and/or temperature. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may be used with some restrictions. A trial on a concealed part of the article is advisable beforehand.

Professional dry-cleaning in: hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Normal professional dry cleaning process in hydrocarbons

Professional dry-cleaning in: hydrocarbons (heavy benzines)

Mild cleaning process with stringent limitation of added humidity and/or mechanical action and/or temperature. Commercial stain removers on a solvent base may not be used.

Do not dry-clean

No professional dry-cleaning allowed. Do not use stain removers which contain solvents.

Professional wet-cleaning

Normal wet cleaning methods with no restrictions.

Mild professional wet-cleaning

Wet cleaning technique for sensitive textiles with reduced mechanical action.

Very mild professional wet-cleaning

Wet cleaning techniques for very sensitive textiles with much reduced mechanical action.

Do not wet-clean

No professional wet-cleaning allowed.

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