When preparing your load there are some important things to consider:
- We recommend sorting your garments before placing them into the dryer. Sort into loads of similar items, and loads that will likely take similar times to dry. Heavier items (eg towels, and flannelette sheets) are best dried separately from lightweight items (eg synthetics, polyester-cotton sheets and shirts). This prevents some items becoming over-dried while others are still damp and helps extend the life of your clothing and linen.
- Fisher & Paykel recommends tumble drying bulky items such as duvets/doonas on low-medium heat only. Do not overload the drum because this can cause scorching of the item.
- Care labels provide valuable information about the fabric type and how the item should be dried. Always follow advice on care labels and only dry items in this dryer with care labels indicating tumble drying is suitable.
- Drying your clothes as soon as you remove them from the washer will decrease both wrinkles formation and dye transfer from coloured to white items.
- Separate coloured items from white/light items where possible, especially when new. Colour run may be an issue, particularly if you intend to delay the start of the drying cycle.
- We recommend that articles of clothing with screen-printing are turned inside out to prevent damage to the print. Hooks or zippers should be fastened and where possible and those items turned inside out.
|Specific Item/Drying Requirements||Suggested Cycle And Options||Suggested Temperature||Comments|
|Towels||Everyday||High||Towels produce a lot of lint and are best dried on their own.|
|Sheets, pillowcases||Everyday||High||Ensure openings are buttoned/domed before placing in the dryer.|
|Bulky items – doonas/ duvets, sleeping bags and blankets||Delicate||Medium||Only dry one bulky item at a time and place dryer balls (or tennis balls) into the dryer at the same time to ensure the bulky item moves around evenly.|
|Delicates, fine fabrics and synthetics||Delicate||Medium||You can further reduce the dryness level to damp.|
|Jeans||Heavy||High||Turn jeans inside out to help maintain their appearance. Dry separately from other items.|
Before You Load
- Check pockets for items that could damage your clothes or get caught in the dryer.
- Close zippers, hooks and eyes, and other fastenings (ie fasten the openings of duvet/ doona covers), and remove loose bra wires. These may damage both your dryer and your clothes.
- Check the lint filter is clean and the water tank is empty (if the dryer is not set up to drain automatically).
Garments need to be loaded correctly to minimise creasing and wrinkling, and to ensure the load is dried evenly.
- Allow enough room in the dryer for clothes to tumble freely. (Hint: load the dryer in terms of the space the garments take up when dry, rather than when they are wet).
- Shake clothes out and load individually to help items dry evenly and reduce tangling.
- Only dry a sheet load up to a maximum of 4kg in the dryer at one time.
- Hang garments as soon as the drying cycle is complete to reduce the need for ironing.
- Never put dripping wet clothes in or on top of the dryer as excess water may cause an electrical hazard.
- Do not place an item in your dryer unless the care label specifically states it is safe to do so.
- Do not dry curtains in your dryer. Sunlight makes them brittle and they may disintegrate during drying.
- Do not overload your dryer beyond its rated capacity (eight kilograms of dry clothes).
- Do not under any circumstances dry an electric blanket or any other electrical, plastic or rubber items in your dryer.
- Drying very small loads is inefficient. Try to dry medium to large loads.
- Heavier items (towels, flannelette sheets) will take longer to dry than light items (synthetics and polyester cotton sheets and shirts).
- Drying times can be reduced by spinning the wash load at the highest spin speed suitable for the load type in your washing machine.
- Check bulky items during the cycle to ensure even drying, pause the dryer and reposition the item if necessary.
Drying Duvets/Doonas and other Bulky Items
Depending on the size, you may need to use a commercial dryer at the laundromat. Add your bulky item to the dryer along with dryer balls (or tennis balls) to help evenly distribute the filling and cut down dryer time. Dry at low-medium temperature only, stopping regularly to check.
Do not leave your dryer unattended while tumbling bulky items.
Remove the duvet/doona from the dryer every half hour or so and fluff to redistribute the filling. Return items to the dryer and continue the cycle. This will ensure that your duvet/doona dries evenly.