Fabric care and cleaning symbols.

Below you’ll find a summary of the meaning of the wash & care symbols. Find the correct washing instructions on the label in your garment.

Domestic wash | EN ISO 3758

normal washing at 60°C
40° normal washing at 40°C
max. 60°C / reduced mechanical action / rinsing at decreasing temperature (cooling down) / reduced spinning
max. 40°C / reduced mechanical action / rinsing at decreasing temperature (cooling down) / reduced spinning
max. 30°C / mechanical action much reduced / rinsing normal / reduced spinning
hand wash only / no machine wash / max. 40°C / handle with care
do not wash
do not wash
all solvents except trichloretheen
only petroleum solvents
mild process
do not dry clean
tumble drying / normal temperature
tumble drying / lower temperature (50°-60°C max.)
do not tumble dry
high max. 200°C
max. 150°C
low max. 110°C / steam-ironing may be risky
do not iron / no steam treatments

Industrial laundering of workwear | EN 15797 (procedure 8)

The methods described in this International Standard simulate the effect of industrial laundering on workwear.

The standard specifies test procedures and equipment which can be used in the evaluation of workwear intended to be industrially laundered. Each washing procedure is considered to represent a single industrial wash. They serve as a basis for testing relevant properties such as e.g. dimensional stability, colourfastness, creasing and seam puckering.

The standard also specifies two drying/finishing test procedures:

  • Tumble drying
  • Tunnel/cabinet finishing

A complete laundering test consists of a washing and a drying/finishing procedure. For this type of workwear procedure 8 of the standard is applicable at a washing temperature of 75°C followed by tumble drying. The multinorm workwear garments of SIOEN are suitable for industrial washing and the flame-retardant properties are tested after minimum 50 industrial washing and drying cycles (or 100 cycles). Conformity to the certified flame-retardant standards is still guaranteed after the indicated number of washing and drying cycles.