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Why Do Things Shrink and getting Damaged in the Dryer: A Short Explanation.

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Article of Serge, a local appliance technician from Ottawa, ON. Serge Appliance Repair.

Have you ever faced a situation where you expect to get your clothes warm and soft after drying them in a dryer, but something goes wrong, and your clothes look terrible? I have some expertise regarding my experience with dryer repair.

What Happens to Clothes in a Dryer When Drying Them in the Wrong Setting?

You have seen the illustrations with icons and explanations in your dryer’s user manual. These are the different settings of temperatures you can use to dry your clothes. Your laundry requires different conditions for properly drying depending on the type of clothes and fabric. For example, your delicate silk top needs less drying time than your jeans. The same principle is true with other various fabric types. 

Besides shrinking, improper temperature and time can lead to terrible results. How else do things deteriorate in a dryer?

  • Delicate leather can be torn or melted in a dryer if the temperature is too high. 
  • Sports Jerseys can stretch and look terrible if they are dried too intensively.
  • Synthetic linings in your coat can clog and crumple.
  • Coloured clothes can fade when drying with white laundry. Also, you can get all shades of red and pink spots on white surfaces.

So, when you dry your laundry mindlessly without following general recommendations for your dryer’s model, the results can be bad.

Here’s my tip! If you are unsure about which temperature setting to choose, use the “less dry” and “less temperature” other than the “drier” and “high temperature.” 

Use the “sensor dry” more than the “time dry.” The electronic sensor will stop the dryer before the load is overheated. In this way, you can prevent clothes from shrinking.

Which Clothes Should Not Be Dried in a Dryer?

First, let’s consider what not to dry in a dryer. Manufacturers claim that delicate fabrics like silk or polyester shouldn’t be dried in a dryer. Drying fabrics that include spandex or fake leather at hot temperatures is not a good idea. Natural leather items and wool sweaters can also deteriorate after an intense drying cycle. Dry items with beads, big buttons, and bead decorations are prohibited.

My tips when deciding what to dry in your dryer!

1.   Look at the label on your clothes. There is basic information about how to clean it and which temperature modes can be used for a specific item.

2.   Inspect your dryer’s user manual. Manufacturers indicate the types of materials that can be dried in the appliance.  

How to Sort Things Before Putting Them in a Dryer?

The next tip is to consider how to sort things before drying. This is crucial as some damage can be caused by the machine’s performance and sharp parts of other clothes.

1.   Sort clothes by size and weight. You should dry heavier items (towels, plaids, or blankets) separately from delicate, lightweight underwear or blouses.

2.   Do not dry clothes with zippers, big buttons, or delicate ones.

3.   Do not dry microfiber or corduroy items with jersey or cotton.

4.   Separate coloured clothes from white and black ones so as not to make them moult.

5.   Buy a dryer net bag for delicate items such as bras and panties

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