Product Care

Fabric Care Instructions

ACETATE

Most acetate Fabrics should be dry-cleaned. Some knits are washable. If laundering is indicated, use the following guide: Hand wash in warm water with mild suds. Do not twist or wring out the garment. Do not soak colored items. Press while damp on the wrong side with a cool iron. If finishing the right side use a pressing cloth. Circular knits should be laid flat to dry. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label. Note: Acetate is adversely affected by acetone and other organic solvents, such as nail polish remover and perfumes containing such solvents.

ACRYLIC

Acrylic Fabrics may be washed or dry cleaned. When machine washing, use warm water setting and add a fabric softener during the final rinse cycle. Machine dry at low temperature. Remove from dyer as soon as garments are dry. Wash delicate items by hand in warm water. Static electricity can be reduced by using s fabric softener in every third or fourth washing. Gently squeeze out water, smooth or shake out garment and let dry on a non-rust hanger. Sweaters and circular knits should be dried flat. If ironing is required, use moderately warm iron. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

COTTON

Cotton can be easily laundered. It can withstand high temperatures (boiling water does not hurt the fiber). Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton.

Chlorine bleach can be used safely on cotton whites. Use color safe bleach on dyed cottons. Since cotton fibers are fairly inelastic cotton fabrics may wrinkle easily. And, fabric may need frequent pressing. However, cotton fabric can be treated with a wrinkle resistant finish to create a more resilient fabric/garment. The label will tell you if this finish has been applied.

A higher heat setting is needed in the dryer to dry cotton. Cotton will take much longer to dry than less absorbent fibers. Cotton can be ironed with a hot iron, and does not scorch easily For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

LINEN

Some linen is washable, while others are dry clean only. Be sure to check the label. Washable household linen, handkerchiefs, and linen apparel can be washed easily and become softer with use. White linens should be dried in the sun, if to help them to keep their whiteness. Generally speaking, dry cleaning is recommended for drapery linens, upholstery linens and decorative linens. Linen fabrics may need frequent pressing, unless treated for crease resistance. (Permanent press and soil release finishes are now being used effectively on 65% linen/35% polyester tablecloths, napkins and placemats.) For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

LYOCELL

Lyocell fabrics may be either machine washable and dryable or dry cleanable. Read the label. Washable lyocell has the strength and ease of care of other easy-care fabrics. Machine wash and dry at low temperature. Remove from dryer as soon as the garment is dry. If ironing is required, use a moderately warm iron. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

MICRO-FIBERS

Acrylic, nylon and polyester micro-fibers are machine washable, machine dryable or dry cleanable Follow the instructions for washing fabrics consisting of these individual fibers. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

NYLON

Most items made from nylon can be machined washed and tumbled dried at low temperatures. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle. To minimize static electricity use a dyer sheet when machine drying. Remove articles from the dyer as soon as the tumbling cycle is completed. If ironing is required, use a warm iron. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

POLYESTER

Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle. Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete. If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron. Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

POLYOLEFIN (OLEFIN)

Most items can be washed or dry-cleaned. Most stains can be readily be removed by wiping, using lukewarm water and detergent. If fabric is machine washed, it should be line dried or tumbled dried with gentle or no heat. Do not iron. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

RAYON

Most rayon garments should be dry-cleaned, but some types of fabric and garment construction are such that they can be hand or machine washed. For washable items, use the following as a guide: Use mild lukewarm or cool suds. Gently squeeze suds through the fabric and rinse in lukewarm water. Do not wring or twist the article. Smooth or shake out the article and place on a non-rust hanger to dry. Rayon sweaters should be laid flat to dry. Press the article while damp on the wrong side with the iron at a moderate setting. If finishing on the right side is required, a press cloth should be used. Between wearing, rayon articles may be pressed with a cool iron. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

SILK

Only pre-washed silk is washable. Read the label! Dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric. For washable silk, follow the care instructions carefully. For items without linings and without embellishments attached, careful hand washing is permissible, with mild soap and lukewarm water. Chlorine bleach should never be used on silk. For long-time storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

SPANDEX

Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Do not use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing spandex. Use a color safe bleach only. Rinse thoroughly. Drip dry. If machine drying, use low temperature setting. If ironing is required, iron rapidly and don't leave the iron in one place too long. Use a low temperature setting on the iron. For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

TRIACETATE

Pleated garments are best hand laundered. Most other garments containing 100% triacetate can be machine washed. If ironing is needed, a high temperature setting may be used. Articles containing triacetate require little care due mainly to the fiber's resistance to high temperature.

 

Trim Care Instructions

Washable Trims 

Cotton, Polyester, Polypropylene, and Acrylic.

Dry Cleanable Trims

Rayon, Acetate, Viscose, Linen, Jute, and Chenille. Match washable trims to washable fabrics, dry cleanable trims to dry cleanable fabrics.

Beaded Tassels and Trims

Because of their delicate nature, these items are not washable or dry cleanable and should be removed from fabric before cleaning.

How to wash "Washable" trims

Wash by hand in mild suds and cold water. Rinse thoroughly in cold water until water runs clear. Air dry.

Reviving ball fringe

The strong action of washing machine cycles may damage trims, particularly ball and tassel fringes. If ball fringe has been abused by harsh laundering and drying, hold a steam iron over it to revive its fluffiness.

Washing intense colors

The best quality dyes are used in trims. Yet deep colors such as wine, chocolate brown and black still tend to "bleed". Before attaching to fabric these color should be rinsed thoroughly in lukewarm water until the water runs clean. Air dry at once.

Dry Cleaning

For the protection of your draperies and furnishings, be sure to use a reputable professional dry cleaner.

Trims for shrink-controlled and permanent-press fabrics

Use shrink-controlled trims (polyester). Shrink-controlled means the trim has been treated so that it will shrink a maximum of 3%. Although shrink-controlled articles can be machine washed and tumble-dried, never use high washer or dryer heats.

Overall Caution

If trims are not marked " shrink-controlled", it is advisable to wash and pre-shrink trimmings before sewing to fabric to reduce shrinkage to the minimum.It is always safer to buy a little extra yardage to allow for shrinkage in laundering and for joining, finishing off ends or rounding corners. To allow for shrinkage during laundering, hold fabric taut and ease the trim in loosely when sewing. Acetate yarns are susceptible to change color.

Dyeing Caution

Although some yarns readily accept dye, piece dyeing of product is not recommended and will not be held responsible for product if this is attempted by the customer. For non-stock colors please contact Manufacturing Specials Customer Service for requirements.

Care Symbol Written Care Instructions What Care Symbol and Instructions Mean

Wash

SYSTEM OF DOTS INDICATING TEMPERATURE RANGE IS THE SAME FOR ALL WASH PROCEDURES.

Machine wash, normal icon
Machine Wash, Normal Garment may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose.
Machine wash cold icon
Machine wash cold icon
Machine Wash, Cold Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.
machine wash warm icon
machine wash warm icon
Machine Wash, Warm Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.
machine wash hot icon
Machine wash hot icon
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F.
Machine wash hot icon
Machine wash hot icon
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.
Machine wash hot icon
Machine wash hot icon
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 70C or 160F.
Machine wash hot icon
Machine wash hot icon
Machine Wash, Hot Initial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.
Machine wash, permanent press
Machine Wash, Permanent Press Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed to preserve Permanent Press with cool down or cold rinse prior to reduced spin.
Machine wash, gentle or delicate
Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items.
Hand wash icon
Hand Wash Garment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation.
Do not wash icon
Do Not Wash Garment may not be safely laundered by any process. Normally accompanied by Dry Clean instructions.

Bleach

All (98+%) washable textiles are safe in some type of bleach. IF BLEACH IS NOT MENTIONED OR REPRESENTED BY A SYMBOL, ANY BLEACH MAY BE USED.

Bleach when needed icon
Bleach When Needed Any commercially available bleach product may be used in the laundering process.
Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed
Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed Only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach may be used in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
Do not bleach
Do Not Bleach No bleach product may be used. The garment is not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any bleach.

Dry

SYSTEM OF DOTS INDICATING TEMPERATURE RANGE IS THE SAME FOR ALL DRY PROCEDURES.

Tumble dry, normal icon
Tumble Dry, Normal A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat  A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used at a High Heat setting.
Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat
Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat A machine dryer may be regularly used only at No Heat or Air Only setting.
Tumble Dry, Permanent Press
Tumble Dry, Permanent Press A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Permanent Press setting.
Tumble Dry, Gentle
Tumble Dry, Gentle A machine dryer may be regularly used only at the Gentle setting.
Do not tumble dry
Do Not Tumble Dry A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Do not dry
Do Not Dry A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Line dry icon
Line Dry Hang damp garment from line or bar, in or out doors.
Drip dry icon
Drip Dry Hang dripping wet garment from line or bar, in or out doors, without hand shaping or smoothing.
Dry flat icon
Dry Flat Lay out horizontally for drying.
Dry in shade icon
Dry In Shade Usually added to Line or Drip Dry. Dry away from direct sunlight.
Wring
Do not wring icon
Do Not Wring Do Not Wring.

Iron

IF IRONING IS NOT A NECESSARY, REGULAR CARE PROCEDURE IT NEED NOT BE MENTIONED.

Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry
Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry Regular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.
Iron low icon
Iron, Low Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110C, 230F) only.
Iron, Medium icon
Iron, Medium Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).
Iron, High icon
Iron, High Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at High setting (200C, 290F).
Do not steam icon
Do Not Steam Steam ironing will harm garment, but regular dry ironing at indicated temperature setting is acceptable.
Do not iron icon
Do Not Iron Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.
Dryclean
Dryclean icon
Dryclean Dry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.
Dryclean, any solvent icon
Dryclean, Any Solvent Dry Clean, any solvent. Usually used with other restrictions on proper dry cleaning procedure.
Dryclean, Petroleum Solvent Only
Dryclean, Petroleum Solvent Only Dry Clean using only petroleum solvent. Usually used with other restrictions.
Dryclean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene
Dryclean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.
Dryclean, short cycle
Dryclean, Short Cycle May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, reduced moisture icon
Dryclean, Reduced Moisture May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean. low heat icon
Dryclean, Low Heat May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Dryclean, no steam icon
Dryclean, No Steam May be used with A, P, or F solvent restriction.
Do not dry clean
Do Not Dryclean Garment may not be commercially drycleaned