Decoding Washing Cycles According to the Clothes Material

Decoding Washing Cycles According to the Clothes Material

Washing machines can almost wash anything that is if we feed the proper instructions to it. To get the best laundry results and avoid washing disasters, follow this guide and pick the right setting for the right fabric.

Washing machines are a welcome invention that got rid of tedious hand washing and the forever drying of clothes. They began with being semi-automatic machines where the user had to manually transfer clothes to the dryer. Then the washing machines evolved into being fully automatic where you can sit back and relax while the machine does its job. The many options that come in modern washing machines may be a bit tricky,but with a little knowledge and care, washing clothes can be a breeze.

These are the steps to follow to achieve the perfect wash from your washing machine be it fully automatic or semi-automatic.

Sorting Is a Must

Sorting of clothes is a must to organize your laundry. You may sort them into different piles based on colors like whites and darks. Then you may further segregate them based on their fabric, like cotton, linen, synthetic and woolen.This is important because delicate and woolen clothes need a gentle wash cycle to avoid damage and shrinkage.

Care Labels

Unfortunately, washing machines cannot detect fabrics. So, you must check labels on clothes for wash care. The labels typically say what fabric is the clothing, what should be temperature setting for wash and if it should be washed or dry cleaned.

Pre-Treat Stains

Pre-treatment of any stains in clothes is necessary before washing the clothes for better results. There are many products and stain removers in the market that do the job.

Setting the Right Temperature, and Load

This is the most important step in washing; you must set the temperature in your washing machine as per the care label on the clothing.  Right temperature setting is key to preventing your clothes from shrinking, fading or stretching. These are the general rules for temperature setting for different fabrics:

Cold Water

Cold water is the ideal choice for delicate fabrics and dark colors. Also, lightly soiled clothes and formal wear can be cleaned easily in cold water. Moreover, cold water washing saves energy.

Warm Water

Warm water is the perfect choice for synthetic clothing. Warm water should be chosen for colored clothing only if they are heavily soiled.

Hot Water

This is the ideal setting for day to day cotton wear like underwear, linen, socks and so on. Other heavy-duty fabrics like jeans, mechanics clothes and children’splay wear that are dirty and will not lose the color can also get clean with the hot water setting of your machine.

Whatever the wash cycle, rinse cycle must be in cold water to keep the fabrics in the best possible condition and energy efficiency. This kind of setting is commonly found in fully automatic washing machines.

Deciding the Wash Cycle

Other than situations that demand a quick wash, you must go for the normal wash cycle in your washing machine as that is the only one that guarantees a clean wash.

Delicate or Hand Wash Cycle

The setting for hand wash and delicate fabric like silk, woolen maybe sometimes offered in a single setting or different ones. But the function is the same. They are typically for fragile fabric that damage easily in other cycles. These cycles usually have lower tumbling, lower spin speeds and shorter wash cycle time.

Quick Wash Cycle

This setting is like an emergency setting to be only used for last minute washing. Thishas a very short cycle and high-speed spinning. This setting is not recommended for regular use.

Normal Wash Cycle

This is probably the most commonly used setting. This can be used to deal with cotton and synthetic blended fabrics. This is a harsh cycle with high-speed wash and spin actions.

Heavy DutyCycle

This setting should be used for washing bulky garments like jeans, towels, blankets, bed sheets and very soiled clothing. This setting offers a long wash cycle and high-speed spinning.

Load Size

The load option in your washing machine should be chosen depending on the following:

  • If the drum is one-fourth full, use small setting.
  • If the drum is half full, use medium setting
  • If drum is more than one-half full, use the large setting

Add Detergent

Choose the right amount of detergent based on the clothes load you have, detergent strength and so on.

User Dryer Only If Needed

If you have a dryer along with the washing machine, you must decide what fabrics can go in the dryer and which ones need to be just air dried.

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