Dryer Settings 101: What You Need to Know

How to Select the Right Dryer Cycle

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t have the space or time to air dry your laundry. Fortunately, an automatic clothes dryer takes out the hard work and spends a few minutes drying our clothes so we save time doing chores. Even though dryers haven’t changed a great deal over recent years, there are still settings on the dryer that remain largely misunderstand and unused. If you use the same setting for every dryer load, you’re probably not getting the best results from the dryer. Luckily, your Chula Vista laundromat professionals can help you understand dryer settings.

Air Dry Cycle

This cycle does not add any heat. The dryer simply pulls in fresh air temperature air and the drum turns and tosses your clothes to help them fluff up. Keep in mind that this cycle helps to remove dust, lint, and pet hair from fabrics by drawing them in to the dryer filter screen. This cycle is ideal for fluffing pillows and comforters, and for freshening up dry clean only clothes that have been stored and smell musty.

Delicate/Gentle Cycle

As this cycle states, this is a gentle tumble that is best used for delicate fabrics. Women’s delicates shouldn’t be placed in the dyer (ever), but thin fabric like high-performance activewear, embroidered materials, and garments with sequins should only be dried under this cycle.

Permanent Press Cycle

The permanent press cycle is great for almost anything you wear like dresses, blouses, shirts, slacks, socks, outerwear, and jackets. This cycle uses a medium level of heat to prevent wrinkling n the material. Generally, the cycle has a cool-down period towards the end to help relax wrinkles that are set in fabrics. Keep in mind that while this cycle is great at preventing wrinkles, it doesn’t mean that your clothes will come out of the dryer wrinkle free.

Regular/Timed Dry

This cycle is for heavy-duty, thick items like towels, sheets, sweats, and jeans. The regular cycle at a timed duration will use the highest heat setting available on your dryer. While it doesn’t often shrink your clothes, it can melt decorations, set stains, and cause wrinkles. Therefore, this setting is only ideal for the strongest of fabrics that can withstand high heat.

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