To get the best wash results it pays to sort your clothes before washing.
- Care labels
- The care label will tell you about the fabric of the garment and how it should be washed.
Examples of different care label symbols.
- Sort clothes according to the type and amount of soil. Some soils suit warmer washes, eg oily soils, while others are best washed in cold water, eg mud, blood.
- Sort white fabrics from coloured fabrics.
- Wash lint givers and lint collectors separately. Where possible, turn lint collectors inside out (see table to right).
|Lint givers||Lint collectors|
- Check pockets
- Loose items can damage both your washer and your clothes.
- Close zippers, hooks and eyes
- This is to make sure that these items do not snag on other clothes.
- Mend any torn garments or loose buttons
- Tears or holes may become larger during washing. Remove any loose bra wires as they can damage your washing machine and/or dryer.
- Pretreat any stains
- Make sure you use an appropriate surface to apply treatments. Do not use the lid or top of the machine, as damage may occur to these surfaces.
- Make sure the water level suits the load size
- If manually selecting the water level, select the correct water level by using the mark on the agitator nearest to the top of the load. Ensure the load does not extend above the bottom of the fabric softener dispenser cup, as splashing may occur.
- For a balanced load
- Place unfolded clothes firmly and evenly around the agitator, no higher than the bottom of the fabric softener dispenser cup.
- Do not wrap large items, such as sheets, around the agitator.
- A mixture of small and large items will wash best.
In the unlikely case of an out of balance load, refer to the Levelling instructions on page 5 to check the machine is correctly levelled.
Please do not, under any circumstances, attempt to wash an electric blanket in your washer. Also, we do not recommend that you wash curtains in your washer. Sunlight makes them brittle and they may disintegrate during washing.