When preparing your load there are some important things to consider:
- It is recommended 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.
Care labels on garments provide valuable information about the fabric type and how the garment should be dried. Always follow the advice on garment labels. Only dry items in this dryer that have a care label stating tumble drying is suitable.
Separate colored items from white/light items where possible, especially when new. Colour run may be an issue, especially if you intend to delay the start of the drying cycle.
|Specific Item/Drying Requirements||Suggested Cycle & Options||Suggested
|Towels||Towels||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||Bulky||Medium||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.|
|Low||Designed for items that could be damaged if they are tumbled, eg woollens. Use the drying rack.|
|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||Low||Check on the item regularly throughout the drying cycle. Ensure the rack has been correctly fitted. Only dry shoes on ‘Low’ drying temp.|
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).
- 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 items individually and loosely. (Hint: 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 this may damage your dryer and clothes).
- It is a good idea to dry 'permanent press' type garments (eg business shirts) together on the ‘Easy Iron’ cycle with the ‘Wrinkle Free’ option on. This will help reduce wrinkling and the need for ironing.
To reduce tangling
- Load items individually.
- Dry sheets and duvet/doona covers on the 'Sheets' cycle. Ensure duvet/doona cover openings are fastened before placing in the dryer.
- Only dry a sheet load up to a maximum of 4 kg in the dryer at one time.
To reduce creasing
- Shake clothes out and load individually to help items dry evenly.
- Launder permanent press garments separately, eg business shirts.
- Allow enough room in the dryer for clothes to tumble freely.
- 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.
- 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.
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|
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).
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’ or ‘Wool’ cycle.
Drying rack cycle