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Always read the label

Why is it so important to read care labels before you load your washing machine? While many fabrics can be washed, dried and ironed at high temperatures, the care label may advise against it. Quite often, it’s because the clothes consist of other materials such as buttons, sequins and inserts that could become damaged after repeated exposure to high temperatures and spin speeds. Another reason could be the colouring and printing on the fabric. At high temperatures, colours can bleed and the material could fade or become discoloured over time.

Because there are a variety of laundry symbols out there, it can get very confusing and it can be difficult to work out what each laundry symbol means without clarification. Luckily we have provided a picture on the left of the most important laundry symbols and an explanation of what they represent, so that you are able to easily recognise them the next time you check the label on your clothing items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           . Washing instructions for different fabrics

To help you out further, below we have provided images of care labels attached to some of the most common fabrics, along with specific instructions on how they should be washed, dried and ironed. Whilst these washing, drying and ironing instructions may differ slightly between clothing manufacturers, this should give you a general idea about how to sort and wash different fabrics according to these instructional laundry symbols.


Fabric

Washing instructions
Jeans

  • Machine wash at 30°C permanent press.
  • Dry clean with any solvent except trichloroethylene.
  • Use non-chlorine bleach.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Do not tumble dry.
Viscose

  • Machine wash at 30°C.
  • Dry clean with any solvent except trichloroethylene.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Do not tumble dry.
Wool

  • Machine wash at 40°C.
  • Do not dry clean.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a medium ironing temperature.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Dry flat.
Polyester

  • Machine wash at 30°C.
  • Do not dry clean.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Use a low tumble dry temperature.
Silk

  • Hand wash.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Line dry in shade.
  • Do not wring.
Cotton

  • Machine wash at 40°C.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a medium ironing temperature.
  • Dry clean with any solvent except trichloroethylene.
  • Do not tumble dry.
Flannel

  • Machine wash at 30°C.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a low tumble dry temperature.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Do not dry clean.
Blended Fabric

  • Machine wash at 30°C permanent press.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Do not dry clean.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Use a low tumble dry temperature.
Lace Fabric

  • Do not dry clean.
  • Hand wash.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
Tricot

  • Machine wash at 30°C.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Use a low tumble dry temperature.
  • Use a low ironing temperature.
  • Do not dry clean.

Targeted cleaning and descaling

With more of us using non-bio detergent and washing at lower temperatures, effectively cleaning your washing machine regularly is important. Looking after your appliance means it will keep delivering outstanding results week after week.

Residues from washing powders and fabric conditioners can build up over time in your machine, which can leave black marks on your laundry. By using our washing machine cleaner once every three months, you’ll maintain a cleaner, more hygienic interior and really notice the difference where it matters most, on your laundry.

Regularly descaling your washing machine protects it from harmful limescale deposits that can build up over time, especially for those living in hard water areas. Use our washing machine descaler every three to six months to keep your appliance limescale free and working as it should, for longer.

Washing machine cleaner
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Washing machine descaler
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  • Suitable for removing deposits from the appliance including detergent.
  • Can help to ensure a cleaner, more hygienic interior of the washing machine.
  • Improves washing results by reducing spots and marks on laundry.
  • Reduces unpleasant odours caused by regular low temperature washes.
  • Contents: 200g, sufficient for one application. Use every three months.
  • Protects the appliance in hard water areas by removing harmful limescale from key components.
  • It's easy to use and gets to work quickly. One box equals one dose.
  • In hard water areas, washing machines should be descaled every three to six months.
  • This product can also be used to descale dishwashers as well as washing machines.
  • Contents: 250g, sufficient for one treatment.
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