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- Do you care about wash symbols?
viernes, 8 de mayo de 2015
Guide to well treatment of the garment without damaging the textile.
According to Wikipedia definition: A wash symbol, also called a care symbol, is a pictogram which represents a method of washing, for example drying, dry-cleaning and ironing clothing. Such symbols are written on labels, known as care labels or care tags, attached to clothing to indicate how a particular item should best be cleaned. There are different standards for care labels for the different countries/regions of the world. In some standards, pictograms coexist with or are complemented by written instructions.
The care label describes the allowable treatment of the garment without damaging the textile. Whether this treatment is necessary or sufficient, is not stated. A milder than specified treatment is always acceptable. The symbols are protected and their use is required to comply with the license conditions. Incorrect labelling is prohibited. A bar below each symbol calls for a gentler treatment than usual and a double bar for a very gentle treatment.
The following are examples in order to explain how the AFS solution complies with the EU and US standards.
A stylized washtub is shown, and the number in the tub means the maximum wash temperature (degrees Celsius). A bar under the tub signifies a gentler treatment in the machine. A double bar signifies very gentle handling. A hand in the tub signifies that only (gentle) hand washing (not above 40°C) is allowed. A cross through washtub means that the textile may not be washed under normal household conditions.
An empty triangle (formerly lettered Cl) allows the bleaching with chlorine or non-chlorine bleach. Two oblique lines in the triangle prohibit chlorine bleaching. A crossed triangle prohibits any bleaching.
A circle in the square symbolizes a dryer. One dot requires drying at reduced temperature and two dots for norm al temperature. The crossed symbol means that the clothing does not tolerate machine drying. In the U.S. and Japan, there are other icons for natural drying.
The iron with up to three dots allows for ironing. The number of dots are assigned temperatures: One point means 110°C, two points means 150°C and three points means 200°C. An iron with a cross prohibits ironing.
6.1 Wash Fonts
First the user using the fonts in labels and techpacks need to install the wash fonts. These can be downloaded from many free sites.
6.2 Setting the Symbols groups
Garments can mix many symbols depending on their requirements. In the AFS solution the user can create different groups and link these to the style.
When printing tech packs or label tags all symbols linked to the group are displayed.