You bought a washing machine and you are delighted with the benefits it will bring to your life … but it can be a very hard job to know how to use it in the best way. Here we give you basic instructions for using your washing machine, as well as some tips to obtain the best washing results …
Programs and Cycles of Washing
Each washing machine has small differences in its washing programs. It is always a good idea to review the user manual to become familiar with the programs and cycles available. But what do these programs mean and what happens in each wash cycle?
Used for colored fabrics, cotton or blends. This cycle uses warm water (between 30 and 40ºC), followed by a rinse with cold water and centrifuged at moderate speed. The most modern detergents work well at both 30º and 40ºC. Washing at a lower temperature will save energy and in the long term your household expenses will be lower!
It is used for washing white clothes in order to obtain an impeccable cleaning. This cycle uses hot water (between 60º and 90ºC) and centrifuges of higher speed, to completely eliminate dirt and bacteria.
It is used for lace or fabrics that could be damaged by a very intense wash. This softer cycle uses cold water and a lower spin speed.
It is used for clothes that do not need ironing, keeping the characteristics of the fabrics intact. It is similar to normal washing, but during spinning clothes are permanently sprayed with water to maintain moisture.
It is used for loads of little clothes that is not so dirty. This wash uses little water.
It is used for loads of very dirty clothes that need a deep wash. The pre-wash is considered as an extra rinse cycle with cold water that does not use detergent.
Like standard programs, your washer should come with “load size” programs that are ideal for small, medium or large loads. These cycles will avoid unnecessary water or energy costs and ensure perfect results in small and large loads. As you can see the different types of clothes need different types of programs to be completely clean, without damaging them during the process. If you put a color shirt next to white clothes, everything white will be dyed!
It is a good idea to separate and organize your dirty clothes for each program before washing. This will help you greatly reduce the risk of damage or discoloration. It is also important to always check the care label of your clothes before washing them. The label will tell you what type of washing program to use and how to dry it. By learning the ways of using the washing machine you will be able to familiarize yourself with the available programs and what type of clothes is recommended for each one.
Detergents and Softeners
The front-loading washing machine come with a detergent tank for use during wash cycles. Front Loading is the ideal detergent for these washing machines! Your machine should come with separate compartments for the softener (which is added during the final rinse) and for the bleach. And what are the washing instructions for vertical load washing machines? You can use top load. Just add it to the drum of the washing machine before putting the clothes on. This will prevent the concentrated detergent from staining clothes or sticking to fabrics.
The detergent compartments have markings to indicate the amount needed for each wash. The amount varies depending on the type of water (soft or hard), how dirty the clothes are and the size of the load.
Never overload your washing machine: its efficiency will be reduced, affecting the cleanliness of your clothes. Make sure you also keep it always clean.
These tips for your washing machine will make the washing process simple, fast and efficient. Now that you know how to use your washing machine, you’ll be surprised how easy it will be to wash your house!