Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Tip 2011, Week 7

Interpreting Care Tag Symbols

Today our Tuesday Tip Woman is thinking about ... laundry.  Specifically, she's been purchasing some dresses and aprons from thrift stores and consignment shops.  These clothing items come from all over the world.  They need washing or dry cleaning, but she's not sure how to interpret all the symbols on the care tags. 

So our perky friend ... let's call her Tippy this week ... printed out a sheet of international pictograms and posted it in her laundry room.  She found one source for symbols common in the U.S. here, at Wikipedia.  That site also includes links for tags frequently used in various countries.   And she was glad to see this list, used in Canada. 

Think there aren't a lot of different symbols?  A triangle indicates chlorine bleach.  Numbers refer to water temperature (in degrees Celsius).  But some tags use black dots instead of numbers.  Hard to remember, but easy to look up.

This is not really a vintage tip ... but those 15-year-old clothes will be vintage before you know it!  Take good care of them.

We're always looking for ways to care for our precious vintage objects.  Share your methods for cleaning, stain removal, storage, protection, etc.  Submit your tips to ThreeOldKeys, and we'll use them in future Tuesday Tips.

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