Care guide

The right textile gestures to adopt

The best guide for your clothes, labels are even more important for work clothes, which sometimes require special care. To preserve them and guarantee their longevity and effectiveness, we recommend that you follow the care instructions on the labels.

Deciphering the maintenance symbols

On care labels, washing precautions are represented by symbols, in a very specific order. There are instructions for washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and professional cleaning.

Machine wash

In the case of a domestic wash, you will find the maximum wash temperature for the garment.

Picto entretien lavage machine 30°

Normal wash

The maximum temperature is indicated in the centre of the tank.

Picto lavage interdit

Washing prohibited

This pictogram indicates that the garment can only be dry cleaned.

Drum drying

The square represents drying, and the circle the use of the tumble dryer. This symbol indicates the recommended optimum drying temperature, at a temperature equal to the number of dots in the drawing.

Picto séchage modéré

Moderate temperature

Tumble-drying allowed, but with moderate heat.

Picto entre

Moderate temperature

Tumble dryer authorised without temperature restriction.

Picto sèche linge interdit

Do not tumble dry

Drying in a tumble dryer is prohibited.

Chlorination / bleaching

This symbol indicates whether an oxygen- or chlorine-based treatment can be used to bleach the garment.

Picto entretien blanchiment autorisé

Authorised chlorination

Bleaching is permitted with all types of products.

Picto chlorage interdit

Chlorination prohibited

Bleaching is prohibited.

Ironing temperature

The number of dots shown corresponds to the maximum temperature to be used for ironing the garment.

Picto repassage

Maximum 110°.

Iron at a low temperature, not exceeding 110°C.

Picto repassage autorisé

Maximum 150°

Ironing is permitted, but must not exceed 150°C.

Picto repassage à haute température

Maximum 200°

Ironing at high temperatures, the iron can exceed 200°.

Picto repassage interdit

No ironing

The garment must not be ironed.

Dry cleaning

The possibility of using solvent-based dry cleaning is indicated by this pictogram.

Picto nettoyage à sec autorisé

Dry cleaning

All solvents except trichlo with restrictions.

Picto nettoyage à sec interdit

Dry cleaning prohibited

Dry cleaning is not permitted for laundry care.

Maintenance instructions

Care labels must meet very specific standards. One of the aims of the regulations on clothing labels is to provide consumers with the best possible information on how to care for their clothes. However, certain instructions that are not on the labels, or that contradict them, can sometimes be interesting to apply during your washing.

The temperature

Don’t hesitate to wash according to the instructions on the label! For example, a lightly soiled garment can be washed at 30°C despite a label indicating that it should be washed at 60°C.


Be careful to adjust the amount of detergent you use: too much will damage your machine and consume even more energy. Remember to choose your detergent carefully, opting for eco-labelled products for example.

Filling the drum

It is important to fill your washing machine correctly to avoid rubbing against the drum, which damages the fibres of the garment. On the contrary, overfilling the drum will prevent water and detergent from circulating. Ideally, ¾ of your machine should be filled, with other work clothes or clothes that are safe to wear.

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Choosing an “eco” or “bio” programme is an excellent way of reducing the water temperature while extending the cycle time, saving an average of 30-45% on electricity. Delayed programmes for use during off-peak hours are also a good way of saving money.

Frequently asked questions

With home care, you can wash your clothes right in your own home.

Linen hire companies collect, wash and redistribute your clothes.

Professional maintenance, in particular by dry cleaners, guarantees appropriate care and optimum use of resources.

Here are a few simple tips to keep your washing machine running smoothly.

  • We recommend descaling your washing machine twice a year, depending on the number of cycles you run. To do this, pour 1 litre of white vinegar into the drum before running a short cycle at 30°C. All parts of the machine are descaled and any bacteria eliminated.
  • The rubber bellows on the drum of the washing machine are serviced once a month by running it “dry” without detergent at 90°C. To avoid damp and mould due to humidity after using your machine, leave it open until it is dry.
  • It’s important to clean your filter properly! After removing small objects and dirt, clean it with lukewarm water and dry it before carefully replacing it in your machine.

There are a few tricks you can use to extend the life and quality of your clothes. Here are a few examples:

  • Before washing your clothes, check that the zips are closed properly.
  • Remember to sort and wash your clothes according to colour, but also according to how they are cared for.
  • Lots of things get caught in the pockets of your work clothes: nails, screws, handkerchiefs… Remember to remove them to prevent them from damaging your machine and your clothes!
  • Don’t hesitate to detach your clothes before washing if the stains are stubborn or very pronounced. The machine wash will then remove the rest of the stains.

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There are natural and effective alternatives for staining your clothes: black soap, bicarbonate, Marseille soap, lemon or even terre de sommières!

Caring for your clothes and respecting the environment are not mutually exclusive!

Simply opt for concentrated products, eco-refills with no unnecessary over-packaging, or avoid using non-degradable wipes.

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No need to sort your rubbish if you’ve run out Make your own natural, responsible detergent by grating 2 tablespoons of Marseille soap and pouring a litre of boiling water over it before stirring. Leave to cool while the product gels, and your detergent is ready!

There are two drying options, but we recommend air drying, which is more environmentally friendly and preserves the fibres of the garment, as opposed to tumble drying.

The latter consumes more electricity, but it is sometimes necessary to use it for lack of space or time. If this is the case for you, remember to use a cycle that wrings out your clothes as much as possible before using the tumble dryer.

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Slip a dry bath towel into your tumble dryer with your clothes to dry, and it’ll cut drying time in half! As an added bonus, you’ll do less damage to your clothes and use less electricity.

There are a few simple and effective tricks you can use to make ironing a thing of the past! Spreading out your washing at the end of the wash cycle will limit creasing, for example.

You can also put your dry clothes in the bathroom before taking a shower, where the moisture will take care of removing the wrinkles.

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To get rid of static electricity on your synthetic polyester clothes, simply apply these two little tips: use hairspray, or moisturise your skin with cream if you’re wearing skirts or trousers.

Despite its name, dry cleaning does use a liquid during the cleaning process. Generally, these are chlorinated hydrocarbons such as perchloroethylene, whose use is prohibited for private individuals because of the harmful effects they can have on health and the environment. Alternatives are therefore preferable, such as sodium percarbonate.

As part of a more environmentally-friendly approach, dry cleaners are moving with the times!

The use of biodegradable cleaning products, shorter washing cycles, or even adapting the machines used, have enabled some dry cleaners to earn the status of guarantors of respect for the environment, or even certain labels. This makes it all the easier to turn to these dry cleaners to carry out certain professional treatments, such as re-impregnation, certain types of dry cleaning or bleaching.

The aim of bleaching is to restore a white garment by reducing the colour or removing it altogether. This industrial operation requires the use of solvents such as trichloroethylene, a hydrocarbon, or percarbonate, making a trip to the dry cleaners compulsory.

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Grandma’s tricks” are the best way to whiten your clothes naturally! Try lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda or white vinegar and see for yourself.

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