When preparing your load there are some important things to consider:
- 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 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.
- Drying your clothes as soon as you remove them from the washer will decrease the chance of wrinkles, and dye transfer from coloured items to white items from occurring.
- Garments with hooks or zippers should be fastened where possible and 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 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. Colour run may be an issue, especially if you intend to delay the start of the drying cycle.
|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, duvet/doona covers||Everyday||High||Ensure duvet/doona cover openings are buttoned/domed before placing in the dryer.|
|Bulky items — Small doona/ duvet, sleeping bags and jackets||Bulky (DE7060P only)||Low – 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.|
|Business shirts, trousers, other creasables||Easy Iron (DE7060P only)||High||Wrinkle Free is automatically selected to help minimise creasing once the drying cycle has finished.|
|Woollens, silks, fine fabrics||Rack Dry (DE7060P only) or Time Dry||Low||For items that could be damaged if they are tumbled, eg woollens. Ensure the drying rack has been correctly fitted.|
|Delicates, fine fabrics and synthetics||Delicate, Rack Dry (DE7060P only) or Time Dry||Medium||You can further reduce the dryness level to damp or use the drying rack for very delicate items.|
|Jeans||Heavy||High||Turn jeans inside out to help maintain their appearance. Dry separately from other items.|
|Hats, soft toys or other odd shaped items||Rack Dry (DE7060P only) or Time Dry||Medium||Check on the item regularly throughout the drying cycle. Ensure the rack has been correctly fitted.|
|Shoes||Rack Dry (DE7060P only) or Time Dry||Low||Check on the item regularly throughout the drying cycle. Ensure the rack has been correctly fitted. Only dry shoes on Low heat.|
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.
- 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. Hint: load the dryer in terms of the space the garments take up when dry, rather than when they are wet. 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 (DE7060P only) or a separate cycle with the ‘Wrinkle Free’ option on. This will help reduce wrinkling and the need for ironing.
To Reduce Tangling
- Load items individually.
- Ensure duvet/doona covers are fastened before placing in the dryer.
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.
- Take extra care not to overload your dryer with items such as a duvet/doona. For these items only use low-medium heat due to the risk of overheating and scorching.
- Always follow the instructions on the care label.
- 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 and 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.
Drying Bulky Items
- It is important that you check the care label of any item carefully, to ensure it is suitable for tumble drying, before placing it into the dryer.
- Check bulky items during the cycle to ensure even drying, pause the dryer and reposition the item if necessary.
- Do not overload the dryer and take extra care with duvets/doonas which can expand as they dry. Ensure there is enough space for the load to tumble.
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|
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.
When you are using the drying rack you must select the ‘Rack Dry’ cycle (DE7060P only) or the ‘Time Dry’ cycle with ‘Med’ or ‘Low’ Dry Temp selected, do not use ‘High’ Dry Temp.
Drying rack cycle