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Significance and Use
4.1 This guide provides symbols and a system for their use by which care instructions for textile products can be conveyed in a simple, space-saving, and easily understood pictorial format that is not language dependent. See also ADJD5489
4.2 Care symbols are an important means for identifying the appropriate care procedure for home laundering, commercial laundering, professional textile care, and coin-operated drycleaning, of textile products.
4.3 Care labeling using symbols can be used by the purchaser to select textiles on the basis of the care method required without knowledge of the language.
4.4 In countries in which a word-based care labeling system is required, the care symbol system may be used as a supplemental system.
4.5 The word-based instructions for each symbol in this guide are harmonious with Terminology D123, and D3136, the United States Federal Trade Commission Care Labeling Rule, 16 CFR 423 and industry practice (see Figs. 1 and 2).
4.6 The care label symbol system is based on five basic care symbols representing five operations: washing, bleaching, drying, ironing, and professional textile care.
4.7 One color is used for all care symbols in this care labeling system.
4.8 This guide does not specify the type of label material or fabric to use. However, appropriateness for consumer comfort is recommended.
1.1 This guide provides a uniform system of symbols for the disclosure of care instructions on textile products such as apparel, piece goods, and household and institutional articles, hereinafter referred to as “textile,” or “textile product.”
1.2 This guide provides a comprehensive system of symbols to represent care instructions reducing language-dependent care instructions.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D3136 Terminology Relating to Care Labeling for Apparel, Textile, Home Furnishing, and Leather Products
D3938 Guide for Determining or Confirming Care Instructions for Apparel and Other Textile Products
AATCC StandardA Glossary of AATCC Standard Terminology, Current Edition Annual AATCC Technical Manual, available from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, P.O. Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
ICS Number Code 61.020 (Clothes); 97.160 (Home textiles. Linen)
UNSPSC Code 24102200(Packing tools)
ASTM D5489-14, Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top