World’s Most Complicated Care Instructions

January 24, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

Mrs. Tug has recently become a fairly big fan of Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Vests & Jackets.

They are warm, light, and very compact. In fact, they’re so compact, you can roll them up and fit them into a fairly small pouch that comes with the Ultra Light Down products.

Everyone seems to be wearing them. Men & Women.

We were discussing the fit of one of her newly acquired Uniqlo vests, wondering if it was slightly too big, and whether or not she should return it for a smaller size.

Although the shell is synthetic, I suggested there was a possibility that the vest may shrink a tad after washing and tumble drying. So, I asked if I could look at the care label.

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest Care Label

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  • HAND WASH COLD
  • ONLY NON-CHLORINE BLEACH WHEN NEEDED
  • LINE DRY
  • DO NOT IRON
  • DO NOT DRYCLEAN
  • PROFESSIONAL MACHINES WASH OR HAND WASH RECOMMENDED
  • DO NOT WASH WITH OTHER ITEMS
  • USE LIQUID WOOL/SILK DETERGENT
  • DO NOT USE BLEACH AND DETERGENT WITH FLUORESCING AGENT
  • RINSE WELL WITH WATER
  • AVOID USING HOUSEHOLD WASHING MACHINES AND SPIN DRYERS
  • DRIP DRY IN A LOCATION AWAY FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT
  • DO NOT STORE DAMP
  • RUB AND STRETCH THE DOWN TO REGAIN ITS LOFT DUE TO THE NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FEATHERS, SOME DOWN AND FEATHERS MAY STICK OUT ALONG THE SEAMS FROM FRICTION AND STATIC ELECTRICITY. IN SUCH CASES, DO NOT PULL THE DOWN AND FEATHERS OUT. PULL THEM BACK IN FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE
  • PACKAGING THE ITEM FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME RESULTS IN WRINKLES
  • STRETCH THE WRINKLES AND HANG THE ITEM UNTIL IT RETURNS TO ITS ORIGINAL SHAPE

Wow!

I think Uniqlo would be better served if they just said:

Hand wash cold, line dry, period.  Any other care is strictly discouraged and done at your own risk.

I’m a huge fan of Uniqlo products. Love the AIRism and HeatTech men’s undershirts.

But, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of complicated care instructions.  Keeping it as simple as possible is my preference, but I do understand when you have to pay attention to how you care for more delicate fabrics.

But the care instructions above are pretty darn crazy, IMO.

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  1. chris H

    says:

    That has got to be the longest winded set of care instructions I have ever seen to date. You nailed it when all there was to do was hand wash cold and line dry. Wander why they chose to just keep on and on. Seems like that does nothing but add extreme confusion and extra money used just to print that large set of instructions on a massive label.

    • Tug says:

      heya chris, they probably have to do this, per some crazy ftc guidelines.

      i just saw another woman’s tee shirt that had a pretty massive label — wth is going on. *perplexed*

      i think whatever entity is making these requirements needs to be challenged or rethink the labeling requirements.

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