TUMBLE DRYING TIPS
Tumble dryers are great when the weather’s wet and cold, also when you have a large family and hanging space is limited. Knowing how to use your tumble dryer correctly is important in order to avoid classic horror stories like shrivelled clothes.
Know your Symbols
It’s easy to let the different symbols on your tumble dryer confuse you. Simply put – different articles of clothing require different treatments and all the different symbol variations feature a square with a circle inside it.
There are four main symbols:
- A square with a circle in it means that the article of clothing may be tumble dried.
- A square with a circle in it and a single dot in the circle indicates that this article of clothing must be tumble dried at a low-heat setting.
- A square with a circle in it and two dots in the circle indicates that this article of clothing must be tumble dried at a high-heat setting.
- A square with a circle in it and a cross or ‘X’ through both means that the article of clothing can NOT be tumble dried.Why can’t I tumble dry some of my clothes?
Some materials are more delicate than others, and require lower heats and softer care in order to be dried so that they don’t get damaged, lose their shape or shrink. For example, articles of clothing that have beads or sequins on them should not be tumble dried.
Some articles of clothing, like bras, have thin pieces of wire in them that can warp or change shape under intense heat. They can still be tumble dried, but they should be dried at a low heat.
As you should when you use a front loader or top loader washing machine, check that there is nothing in the pockets of your clothing. Items such as coins, keys and hair clips etc can cause considerable damage to your appliance.
Should I pack my tumble dryer until it’s full?
Just like your washing machine, overloading your tumble dryer can create many issues.
These include possibly breaking or stretching the belt and overheating the motor, as well as causing damage to your clothes.
Using smaller loads can also save you electricity.
How much should I put in?
Fill your tumble dryer to about half way.