Laundry Advice

Laundry 101.

30 degrees or 50? Pre-soak or hope for the best? Is yellow a dark or a light?

Sometimes something as simple as putting a wash on can get confusing. Our laundry advice guide is here to help you wash more efficiently and sail through the laundry basket, sock by sock.

  1. Don’t just separate light and darks, sort depending on how dirty they are. Very dirty or stained laundry should be washed separately on a longer, heavy-duty cycle
  2. Go easy on the stains! Don’t go scrubbing as it could cause it to spread – instead gently dab the area with pre-treatment and leave it soak in cool water
  3. Power of 30°C – washing clothes at lower temperatures saves energy and makes your clothes retain their colour. The Surcare range is designed to achieve great results on cooler washes, so you can do your bit for the environment and take better care of your clothes
  4. Avoid overusing the tumble dryer, if you can air clothes out do it! Not only will you save on energy costs but its gentler on delicate items and stops clothes from losing their shape
  5. After each wash, leave the machine door open to air it out and avoid any damp smells. Treat your machine to a monthly ‘no clothes’ cycle at 60°C with a powder detergent, such as Surcare Non-Bio Laundry Powder. As it contains bleach it will ensure your machine is fresh and ready for the month ahead!

Laundry Symbols


Max temperature 60C/140F – bed linen, towels, and some underwear.

Max temperature 60C/140F Gentle cycle – bed linen, towels, and some underwear.

Max temperature 50C/122F Gentle cycle – Polyester, Cotton, Polyester / Cotton

Max temperature 40C/104F Cotton

Max temperature 40C/104F – Gentle cycle – Acrylics, acetate, nylon, cotton/acrylic, poly/viscose

Max temperature 40C/104F – Gentlest cycle – Wool and wool mixtures

Max temperature 30C/86F – Gentlest cycle

Hand wash

Do not wash

A short line under any of the above indicates reduce cycle, moisture and or heat


Tumble Dry

Do not Tumble Dry

Drip Dry

Hand dry after removing excess water

Dry flat after removing excess water


Hot 220C/392F – Cotton, linen, viscose

Warm 150C/302F – Polyester mixes

Cool 110C/230F – Acrylic, nylon, acetate,tri-acetate

Do not iron


Chlorine bleach may be used

Do not use chlorine bleach

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning

Dry clean in any solvent

Use fluorocarbon or petroleum solvent only

Do not dry clean

In all cases, if an X is through the symbol it means DO NOT USE