Decoding Wash Care Symbols
You have just received your new scarf or wrap and go to throw it in the washer. You check the care tag and see what appears to be ancient hieroglyphics that seem impossible to understand. Now what?
Well, fear not! We're here to help decode what those little pictures actually mean.
These symbols were developed by ASTM, a Standards organization, and tend to be universally adopted, especially by larger fashion labels. While they may appear to be random there is actually a system in place. There is a first tier or master symbol that stands for a care method (i.e. a triangle for bleach or a circle for dry cleaning). Then there are subsets of each symbol marking how to wash, iron, dry clean etc.
Usually, with care instructions, the biggest takeaway is what not to do. So even if you can't remember details of each symbol you can identify the master symbol and the giant X indicates don't do it (the last thing you want is for bleach or dry cleaning chemicals to ruin your favorite sweater).
Now that you know the basics, let's break down a zestt care tag.
From left to right:
1. Machine wash on a gentle, cool cycle
2. Do not bleach
3. Machine dry on cool
4. Can be ironed on medium heat
We also write out these instructions to make it simple but now you have the basics to decode all of the care labels on your favorite pieces!
One final trick - print a copy of the master chart to hang by your machine for your next laundry day!