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Sorting and loading

When preparing your load there are some important things to consider:

Sorting

  • It is best that you sort your garments before placing them into the dryer. Sort into loads of similar items, and loads that will take similar times to dry. Heavier items (eg towels, t-shirts and flannelette sheets) are best dried separately from lightweight items (eg synthetics, polyester-cotton sheets and shirts). This prevents the possibility of some items becoming over-dried whilst others are still damp. It will also help to extend the life of your clothing and linen.
  • Look for a care label on your clothes as this will tell you if they can be safely tumble dried.
  • Drying your clothes as soon as you remove them from the washer will decrease the chance of wrinkles, and dye transfer from colored items to white items from occurring.
  • We recommend that articles of clothing with screen-printing are turned inside out to prevent damage to the print. Garments with hooks or zippers should be fastened and where possible, turned inside out.
Specific Item/Drying Requirements Suggested Cycle & Options Suggested 
Temperature
Comments
Towels Everyday High Towels produce a lot of lint and are best dried on their own.
Sheets, pillowcases, duvet/doona covers Sheets High Ensure duvet/doona cover openings are buttoned/domed before placing in the dryer.
Bulky items – doonas, duvets, sleeping bags, jackets Delicate Low Only dry one bulky item at a time and place a few knotted towels into the machine at the same time to ensure the bulky item moves around evenly.
Shirts, pants, other creasables Easy Iron Medium Wrinkle Free is automatically selected to help minimise creasing once the drying cycle has finished.
Woollens, silks Rack Dry n/a For items that could be damaged if they are tumbled, eg woollens.
Delicates, fine fabrics Delicate or Rack Dry Low You can further reduce the dryness level to damp or use Rack Dry for very delicate items.
Jeans Heavy High Turn jeans inside out to help maintain their appearance. Dry separately from other items.
Shoes, hats, soft toys or other odd shaped items Rack Dry n/a Check on the item regularly throughout the drying cycle.

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 automatically drain).

Loading

  • Garments need to be loaded correctly to minimise creasing and wrinkling, and to ensure the load is dried evenly. Make sure there is plenty of room for the garments to tumble freely while drying.

Load the dryer in terms of the space the garments take up when dry, rather than when they are wet. The general rule is that one wash load equals one dryer load. Do not overload your dryer, as it may damage your dryer and clothes.

  • It is a good idea to dry 'permanent press' type garments (eg business shirts) together on a separate cycle with the ‘Wrinkle Free’ option on. This will help reduce wrinkling and the need for ironing.

Drying times

  • Drying very small loads is inefficient. Try to dry medium to large loads.
  • Heavier items (towels, T-shirts, flannelette sheets) will take longer to dry than light items (synthetics and polyester cotton sheets and shirts).
  • Spin clothes at the highest spin speed suitable for the load type. The more water you remove in the wash, the less drying time required.
  • Care labels on garments provide valuable information about the fabric type and how the garment should be dried. Always follow the advice on the garment labels. Only dry items in this dryer that have a care label stating tumble drying is suitable.
  • Separate coloured items from white/light items where possible, especially when new. Color run may be an issue, especially if you intend to delay the start of the drying cycle.

Lint

Some items are lint givers, while others are lint collectors. Always dry lint givers and collectors separately.

Lint Givers Lint Collectors
Towels Synthetics eg polar fleece
Flannelette sheets Corduroy
Nappies Polyester cottons

Delicate or easily damaged items (eg woollen or silk garments, nylon stockings, fine fabrics, delicate embroidered fabrics, garments with metal accessories, sleeping bags and other down items) should be dried separately, using the delicate cycle or the rack dry cycle (if you do not want them tumbled).

Drying rack

There are many items that would benefit from being dried on a drying rack. For example items like sport shoes, soft toys, hats and woollen items that may be damaged if they are tumbled.

A drying rack is installed in your dryer when it leaves the factory. To remove it, tilt the top of the rack towards you to detach the legs from the slots in the lint filter, and gently remove from the drum.

When you are using the drying rack you must select the ‘Rack Dry’ cycle.


Drying rack


Drying rack cycle

 

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