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Washer & Dryer Settings Explained

Washer & Dryer Settings

Many people believe that doing laundry is a simple and straightforward concept. Until they open up the dryer and have a misshapen article of clothing that is barely wearable. It’s important to understand all of the washer and dryer settings, so you can have clothing that’s soft and fits just right!

Washer Settings

  • Cold Water – At 65 to 75 degrees, cold water is best used for darker colors and delicate articles of clothing. This cool water will help prevent the dark colors from fading.
  • Warm Water – At 85 to 105 degrees, your machine will be able to effectively prevent colors from fading and material from being damaged.. The preferred materials to wash on this setting are synthetic ones, such as nylon, polyester, and spandex.
  • Hot Water – At 120 to 140 degrees, this is the hottest setting available that will kill the most amount of bacteria. This option is perfect for white clothing made from cotton. The hotter the water, the brighter the whites!
  • Regular/Normal – With hot water and fast agitation, this setting is best for whites.
  • Delicates – With cold water and slow agitation, this setting is perfect for delicates.
  • Permanent Press – With warm water, mild agitation, and a cool rinse, this setting is perfect for all colors.

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Dryer Settings

  • Automatic Dry – Rather than using a timer, automatic dry will sense the amount of moisture in the fabric. It will proceed to dry the clothing until they are perfectly dry, without the fear of over-drying.
  • Regular/Heavy – Combine hot temperatures with a fast speed and your whites will be done in a jiffy. However, this setting combined with a hot wash will increase your chances of shrinking the materials.
  • Delicates – For delicate clothing you’re going to want a low tumble speed and a cooler temperature. This setting will take the longest amount of time, but you won’t have to worry about shrinkage or damage.
  • Permanent Press – For normal, colored clothing this option is the best fit.
  • Air Fluff – Rather than using heat, this setting will use room temperature air to fluff up the clothing. This will make them less stiff and allow them to wear more easily.

Understanding your washer and dryer settings will help you avoid damaging your clothing and make laundry day a breeze. When your washer and dryer are malfunctioning, none of your clothing will be washed or dried. If this happens, contact the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.