ASTM D5489 - 14

    Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products

    Active Standard ASTM D5489 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.62

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.02


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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).

    Commercial and Home Laundering and Professional Textile
Care SymbolsCommercial and Home Laundering and Professional Textile
Care Symbols
    Note 1This figure illustrates the symbols to use for laundering and drycleaning instructions. As a minimum, laundering instructions shall include, in order, four symbols: washing, bleaching, drying, and ironing; and, professional textile care instructions shall include one symbol. Additional symbols or words may be used to clarify the instructions.

    FIG. 1 Commercial and Home Laundering and Professional Textile Care Symbols
     Guide to Order of ASTM Care Symbols Guide to Order of ASTM Care Symbols
    FIG. 2 Guide to Order of ASTM Care Symbols

    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.

    Note 1While this symbol system uses one color, it is harmonious with tri-color systems such as the Canadian system because the instructions are clear whether printed in one or three colors.

    4.8 This guide does not specify the type of label material or fabric to use. However, appropriateness for consumer comfort is recommended.

    1. Scope

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    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 Standard

    A 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 Code

    ICS Number Code 61.020 (Clothes); 97.160 (Home textiles. Linen)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 60105800(Clothing and textile design instructional materials)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5489-14

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