laundry symbols explained
Proper care and correct cleaning of your work clothes is key. That’s why there exists a vast array of laundry symbols and instructions. To keep it nice and simple however, we have listed below all laundry symbols used in SYNQ workwear. Always check the care label inside your garment, since instructions are likely to vary in function of the fabrics.
Washing care symbols
The wash tub symbol shows whether you can wash the garment at home, either by hand or in your washing machine. The number in the tub indicates the maximum washing temperature, while the bars underneath it specify whether you should use a mild (1 bar) or very mild (2 bars) program.
Max. 60°C, gentle cycle
Max. 40°C, gentle cycle
Hand wash only
Do not wash
Bleaching care symbols
The triangle symbol tells you whether you are allowed to bleach the garment. As a general rule, we recommend not to use bleach on your SYNQ workwear. This would affect the colour and the material.
Do not bleach
Drying care symbols
Want to know how you should dry your garments? Check the square symbol.
Tumble dry, normal process (max. 80°C)
Tumble dry, mild process (max. 60°C)
Do not tumble dry
Ironing care symbols
The symbol of the flatiron obviously shows whether it is allowed to iron your garment. The dots inside it specify the maximum temperature you should use.
Iron at moderate temperature (max. 150°C)
Iron at low temperature (max. 110°C)
Do not iron
Are your clothes being dry-cleaned? This symbol indicates what type of processes an/or solvents can be used.
Dry-cleaning allowed with solvent based stain removers
No professional dry-cleaning allowed
Suitable for care by a professional laundry service
For longer-lasting protective workwear, industrial washing is absolutely the way to go. That's why every SYNQ garment is perfectly in sync with the professional care process.
For high-vis workwear, we recommend professional care to keep the fluorescent and reflective materials optimally preserved.
Look for this symbol in the product info section of each product detail page to easily recognise all SYNQ workwear that is suitable for care by a professional laundry service.
How often should you wash your workwear?
There is no exact rule as to how often you should wash your workwear. Fact is however, that a fresh and clean work outfit is key to make a good first impression to your clients. If you keep your outfit in perfect order, won’t your work be so as well?
Furthermore, well cared for clothing will provide you with the best protection. Think of high-visibility garments for instance. When they are dirty, their fluorescent and retroreflective properties diminish. Note however, that it’s all about finding the right balance. For this type of workwear there is also a max. number of washing cycles to ensure its compliance with the EN ISO 20471 standard.
And last but not least: we consider freshly washed work clothes also as an act of kindness towards your co-workers. Our motto? SYNQ, don’t STINK!
5 tips for washing your work trousers:
Carefully read the laundry label in your garment. It provides the best information about the fabric and how to wash it.
Empty all your pockets, remove your kneepads and detach the D-ring.
Close all buttons, zip closures, touch & close fastenings, press studs,…
Turn your work trousers inside-out. This helps to preserve the original colour.
Avoid the use of fabric softeners. Both your work clothes as your washing machine will thank you for it!