Symbols for the care of textiles

The use of care symbols is voluntary. They are only a recommendation and are not a guarantee that the textile product will not be damaged by the recommended treatments. The care symbols always lists the upward limit of permissible treatment. For blended fabrics, the care is determined by the most delicate type of fiber. The order of the symbols is the wash basin, the triangle, the iron, the washing machine and the dryer drum.

Wash (wash basin)
Machine wash 95° Machine wash Gentle cycle 95° Gentle cycle
Machine wash 60° Machine wash Gentle cycle 60° Gentle cycle
Machine wash 40° Machine wash Gentle cycle 40° Gentle cycle
Extra gentle cycle 40° Extra gentle cycle Machine wash 30° Machine wash
Gentle cycle 30° Gentle cycle Extra gentle cycle 30° Extra gentle cycle
Handwash Handwash Do not wash Do not wash

The numbers in the wash basin represent the Maximum water temperature and is not the be exceeded. The bar below ÊÊ the laundry tub calls for a milder (mechanical) treatment (gentle cycle). It features wash cycles ÊÊ suitable for easy care and mechanically sensitive products. The double bar indicates wash cycles with even gentler mechanical cycles, such as the one for wool. ÊÊ und mechanisch empfindliche Artikel eignen.

Bleach (triangle)
Chlorine and Oxygen bleach allowed Chlorine and Oxygen bleach allowed Only Oxygen-bleaching, no chlorine bleach. Only Oxygen-bleaching allowed, no chlorine bleach.
Do not bleach Do not bleach
Tumble Dryer
Dry on medium heat. Dry on medium heat. Dry on low heat. Dry on low heat.
Do not tumble dry. Do not tumble dry.

The dots indicate the level of the drying allowed. (Clothes dryer).

Iron
Hot iron Hot iron Warm iron Warm iron
No not ironing, caution with steam irons No not ironing, caution with steam irons Do not iron. Do not iron.

The dots indicate the temperature level for a normal iron.

Care of textiles in cleaning drum
Reinigen mit Perchlorethylen   Schonend reinigen mit Perchlorethylen  
Reinigen mit Kohlenwasserstofflösungsmittel   Schonend reinigen mit Kohlenwasserstofflösungsmittel  
Do not dry clean Do not dry clean

The letters are for the dry cleaners. They provide information about suitable cleaners. The bars under the circle require limitations on the mechanical stress, the addition of moisture, and/or the temperature.

Care of textiles in cleaning drum
Professionelle Nassreinigung   Schonende professionelle Nassreinigung  
Sehr schonende professionelle Nassreinigung   Professionelle Nassreinigung nicht erlaubt Do not wet clean

This symbol marks articles that can be treated using wet cleaning. It's in the second row, under the symbol for dry cleaning. The bar under the circle require limitations to the mechanical stress (see washing.)