Universal Care Labels - Explained

Universal Care Labels

Universal symbols that are stuck on electronic gadgets and care label instructions sewn into clothing can seem both annoying an unnecessary. But not all of those little labels should be viewed in such a negative light.  

When it comes to luxury linens, specifically European bed linens, it is important to pay close attention to the care instructions. Luxury linens are a sizable investment, which means yours should be handled with care.  

Since there may be a little confusion as to what these little symbols mean, we will provide some clarity on the matter.  

Scroll down to view the symbols that you need.  

Some people reading this page may be more interested in cleaning tips for bedding, so, here's a video explaining how to care for luxury linens - without having to figuring out confusing symbols. 

Here are the symbols you will likely find on the care label of your finer sheets or bedding products. 


The 2 represents a normal wash cycle; the 60 means the sheets or pillowcases should be washed at 60 degrees C, or 140 degrees F


The 6 indicates a gentle cycle at 40 degrees C or 105 degrees F. 


The crossed out triangle means no chlorine bleach. If just a triangle (without the X) is present, bleach can be used.


The iron symbol suggests that item can be pressed.

  • Three dots indicate a very hot iron—200 degrees C, 290 degrees F. 
  • Two dots indicate a hot iron—150 degrees C, 300 degrees F. 
  • One dot indicates a warm iron for touch ups—110 degrees C, 230 F. 

The square box with a circle inside indicates your linens can be machine dried at low to moderate heat. 


Below are four more charts that identify additional symbols that you might find helpful. 

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*Courtesy of Textile Industry Affairs (Copyright 2005 Textile Industry Affairs. All Rights Reserved).  

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