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Your Guide To Care Labels For Your Garments

When buying clothes there are a few things you want to think about that most people don't: the garments longevity and how to care for it post purchase.

Garments have a label attached with a variety of information on it.

These care label instructions are there under government regulations and have four key elements: fiber content, country of origin, care instructions, and flammability.

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Fiber Content

Fiber Content

The United States requires labels to include a visible list of materials and fiber content percentages of textiles and apparel. Depending on where you are selling your garment, such as the EU, there are different requirements.

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Country of Origin

The Country of Origin is required for trading regulations. This is to avoid misleading customers about where the actual product was made. You might be more inclined to purchase an article of clothing you believe was made in Switzerland rather than its actual origin.

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Care Instructions

Care Instructions

This is one of the most important parts of that small tag. It tells you how to take care of garment itself and is required in the United States. There are a variety of different symbols and instructions you might see, but there are five main symbols to look for:

  • Wash temperature

  • Bleaching options

  • Drying options

  • Ironing temperatures

  • Drying Temperatures

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Flammability

Flammability

This is probably the most important part of the label. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission the purpose of this label is to keep dangerously flammable textiles and garments out of commerce.

The United States 1616.31 Labeling, recordkeeping, retail display and guaranties if there is an agent or treatment known to cause flame resistance deterioration or decreases flame resistance, that item must be prominently, permanently, and conspicuously, and legibly labeled with precautionary care and treatment instructions to protect the item from said agent or treatment.

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**The chart above was created by the U.S. Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) below to make sense of the various I...

**The chart above was created by the U.S. Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) below to make sense of the various I...
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Standard Chart of Symbols

Standard Chart of Symbols
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Lastly

Hopefully this guide has given you a bit more detail on how to ensure your products get the care they deserve. If you're looking for more information you can look here:

https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/clothes-captioning-complying-care-labeling-rule