Care Instructions

Care Instructions

Good quality products need to be looked after properly! This means that IBENA products also need good looking after. To keep your favourite blanket cuddly and soft, make sure that you read and follow the care instructions printed on our blankets.

The following definitions explain the various care symbols.

Wash

The "wash" symbol is a stylised washing tub. The number in the washing tub indicates the maximum washing temperature (in degrees Celsius). The symbol indicates that both hand and machine washing are permissible. If there is no instruction indicating anything to the contrary, the product can be washed in a normal cycle. A bar under the washing tub (underline) indicates that the product should be washed in a cycle for delicates (half-full load, increased water level, delicate spin). A double bar under the washing tub indicates that the product should be washed extremely carefully in a cycle for delicates (one third-full load, increased water level, limited movement, wool spin or no spin). A hand in the washing tub indicates that the product should only be washed with only (careful) hand washing (not over 40°C). A diagonal line through the washing tub indicates that the textile must not be washed under normal conditions.

General wash

30° C wash (delicates/wool)

30° C wash

Hand wash

30° C wash (delicates)

Do not wash

Bleaching

A blank triangle (which used to bear the letters "Cl") indicates that the material may be bleached with chlorine oxygen. Two diagonal lines in the triangle indicate that only oxygen should be used as a bleach. A triangle which has been crossed out diagonally indicates that the material should not be bleached at all; it should not even be washed with any laundry powders or liquids which contain bleach.

All bleaching allowed (chlorine and oxygen)

Bleichen nicht erlaubt

No bleaching

Bleach only with oxygen

Bleichen nicht erlaubt

No bleaching (old symbol)

Bleach only with chlorine (old symbol)

Machine dry

A circle in a square indicates that the product may be dried in a clothes dryer. If there is a dot, this indicates that the product should be dried at a lower temperature. Two dots indicate that it may be dried at a normal temperature. A diagonal line through the symbol indicates that the product must not be machine dried. The drying instructions only apply to household drying conditions, not for professional textile washing/drying services. In the USA and Japan, there are other pictograms regarding natural drying.

Drum dryers, general

Do not dry in a drum dryer

Drum dryer drying at low temperature (delicates)

Normal drum dryer drying

Natural drying

A number of varied squares symbolise natural drying. There are different types of natural drying: lying down, on the line, in shade and/or dripping wet.

Drying, general

Dry dripping wet

Dry lying in the shade

Dry on the line

Dry in shade

Dry dripping wet in the shade

Dry lying down

Dry on the line in shade

Ironing

An iron symbol accompanied by up to three dots indicates that the product may be ironed. The dots indicate the temperature. The following temperatures are indicated by the number of dots accompanying the pictogram: One dot corresponds to 110 °C, two dots to 150 °C and three dots to 200 °C. An iron with a diagonal line through it indicates that the product should not be ironed. If there is only one dot, you should be careful with steam and steam irons.

Ironing, general

Iron at high temperatures

Iron at low temperatures

Do not iron

Iron at medium temperatures

Chemical cleaning

The letters P or F in a circle stand for different solvents which may be used during professional chemical cleaning. A "P" indicates that the product may be washed using perchlorethylene or petroleum naptha, while an "F" (which originally stood for "flammable", relating to petroleum/petroleum naptha, then, for a while, stood for CFCs) allows hydrocarbon-based solvents, especially petroleum naptha/cleaning fluids.

Professional cleaning

Clean carefully with hydrocarbon solvents

Clean carefully with perchlorethylene

Clean with hydrocarbon solvents

Clean with perchlorethylene

No chemical cleaning

Clean carefully with hydrocarbon solvents

Clean carefully with perchlorethylene

Wet cleaning

Professional wet cleaning is a process involving water-based alkaline solutions. This process is ecologically sound and provides superior effects to some chemical agents.
A "W" in a circle standing for professional wet cleaning was officially adopted in the pictogram list in 2005. Including this one, four new pictograms have been added to the textile care section.

Professional wet cleaning

No professional wet cleaning

Careful professional wet cleaning

Very careful professional wet cleaning

The symbols for and descriptions of the various care instructions were sourced from Wikipedia.org.