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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Care Labels - There For A Reason

According to an article on eHow.com, 4 out of 5 consumers read care labels before they buy clothing and follow the instructions when cleaning their garments. I clearly don't fall into that group of 4. If I see something I like, I buy it and worry about how to clean it later. When I share my laundry mishap, you will also see that many times I don't read the label before washing or finishing the garment either.

I share this information with hesitation as my mom purchased this sweater set for me, and I never told her this: that I failed to look at the care label that said "cool iron". After washing the set in cold water on gentle using woolite then laying it flat to dry, I proceeded to press it with a very hot iron. One touch to the fabric, and it melted onto my iron. When I lifted the iron, there was a rather large hole and iron print on the front of the cardigan. Note to self: read the care label BEFORE cleaning.

Many times the labels have all these crazy hard to follow symbols. Here's a link to a helpful chart that you can print off and put in your laundry room to help you avoid a laundry mishap.

http://www.textileaffairs.com/docs/acsguide-050608.pdf

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