Written by Jeroen

Tips for using your dryer

Do you want your clothes to dry well and your laundry and dryer to last as long as possible? Read our dryer tips here. Before you dry your laundry, first check the drying symbols on the label in your clothing. It's also important that you stick to the maximum load capacity and that you regularly clean your dryer.

Tip 1: check the drying symbols

To prevent your favorite laundry from shrinking, always check the symbols on the label on the inside of your laundry. Clothes that are not allowed in the dryer can be left lying or hanging to dry. For example, you should never hang a woolen sweater to dry on a rack, because it will stretch. Always keep to the regulations.

The most important drying symbols can be seen here.

  • Symbol 1: Dryer at low setting
  • Symbol 2: Dryer at high setting
  • Symbol 3: Don't put in the dryer
  • Symbol 4: Dry lying down
  • Symbol 5: Hang to dry

Tip 2: spin your laundry in advance

Make sure to let your washing machine spin at a high speed (at least 1,400 revolutions per minute). Your laundry will be dryer when it comes out of the washing machine, and won't have to stay in the dryer for long. That's better for your laundry, it'll be dry faster, and you'll also save on energy costs. Note: wool, silk, and other delicate laundry aren't suitable for this.

Tip 3: close buttons and zippers

Close all buttons and zippers, and don't dry jeans together with delicate laundry, regardless of whether your new dryer has a laundry-care drum. Most damage to clothing is caused by one piece of clothing rubbing against the other. Denim in particular has an abrasive effect.

Tip 4: stick to the load capacity

It seems like a no-brainer, but we all stuff the drum a little too much sometimes, which can eventually have unpleasant consequences. Try to stick to your dryer's recommended load capacity: a packed drum not only dries your laundry less, but can also damage the dryer. Also make sure that you don't use fabric softener for clothing that goes into the dryer. The substances in fabric softener get stuck on the sensors in the dryer and can cause malfunctions.

Tip 5: Clean the dryer regularly

To ensure that your dryer dries efficiently, keep the lint filter and condenser clean. You should clean the fluff filter after every cycle. You can do this by removing the filter from the dryer and removing large dust particles. You should clean this thoroughly every month with a vacuum. The condenser is located at the bottom of your dryer. If you have a condenser dryer, rinse it. With a heat pump dryer, the condenser is built in and can be cleaned with a vacuum.


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