Dry Cleaning & Laundering & Drying & Ironing & Bleaching Symbols - Care Labels
Care labels indicate how to clean textile articles in the best possible way. The Care Labeling Rule
requires that manufacturers attach a permanent care label to textile garments to give the consumer
and the dry cleaner guidance in proper care for the item. It must be permanently attached to the garment
and remain legible for the life of the garment. The care label must also be placed where the consumer
can read it before purchase.
Manufacturers must list at least one method of safe care for a garment. The label must also warn
about any part of the recommended care method that would harm the garment of other garments cleaned
with it. It must also warn when there is no method for cleaning a garment without damaging it.
Care instructions on the label must apply to all parts of the garment. If a label says "dry clean"
this should mean that all components, including the outer shell, lining, buttons, interfacing,
any fusing material, sewing thread must be colorfast, they must not discolor, melt, or be otherwise
altered during cleaning by the recommended care method.
When a garment has two or more parts that are sold as a unit, only one label is required.
When the parts are designed to be sold separately, or if pieces require different care,
each part must have its own label.