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Laundering tips for common clothing fabrics

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The Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines allow you to customise the temperature and time wash cycle, including when you want the machine to start.The T-Drive range of washing machines use a paddle instead of an agitator to simulate the gentle motions of hand washing, resulting in longer-lasting clothes.

We all know to sort our whites from coloured clothes before throwing them  into the wash. But keeping the different fabrics that make up your wardrobe in tip-top condition may need a bit more care. After all, cotton and silk are made from different materials and should be handled differently.  Here are some laundering tips for five common clothing fabrics:

Cotton

Cotton is a soft natural fibre, which makes it comfortable and allows skin to “breathe”. It is however, very prone to shrinkage in hot water and typically prefers a gentler wash process. Most cotton clothing comes pre-shrunk for this reason, but do check the label.

Generally, cotton should be washed in cold or warm water, although if you’re trying to get a white, pre-shrunk cotton fabric clean, hot washes with bleach can be used. Cotton that is not pre-shrunk should be hand-washed in cold water with mild detergent.

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The Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines allow you to customise the temperature and time wash cycle, including when you want the machine to start.

The Electrolux Vapour Time Manager washer offers a variety of programmes for different types of fabrics at a range of temperatures, allowing you to customise how hot or cold you prefer the wash to be.

Linen

Linen is made from the flax plant, and has firmer fibres.  It is absorbent and comfortable to wear, but it can crack or show wearing at the seams and other edges of the garment.

Some linen clothing are dry clean only, so check the clothing label before you toss it into the washing machine.  For pieces that can be machine-washed, do pre-treat any stains before washing linen clothing in a gentle wash cycle with cold water and a mild detergent.

T-Drive washing machine

The T-Drive range of washing machines use a paddle instead of an agitator to simulate the gentle motions of hand washing, resulting in longer-lasting clothes.

The Electrolux T-Drive top-loading washing machines use a paddle to simulate the gentle motions of hand-washing clothes, making it suitable to wash laundry that requires a gentler touch.

Rayon

Rayon is made from wood pulp and is actually a semi-synthetic fabric.  Lightweight and cooling, Rayon is best dry-cleaned, although some can be machine-washed.  Use lukewarm or cold water in a washing machine, or hand-wash it in cold water with mild detergent.

Don’t wring or twist rayon fabrics and try to wash them alone, as the fabric is not very colourfast. Lay flat on a clean white towel to dry and iron while slightly damp to help it retain its shape.

Silk

Made from silkworms, silk is more durable than its delicate feel would suggest. Although it is usually  best to dry clean silk garments, pre-washed silk that is colourfast can be hand-washed in lukewarm or cold water with mild soap or shampoo that contains protein. Protein-rich shampoos help to prolong the life of silk by re-depositing proteins into the fibres of the fabric.

Like rayon, do not wring or twist silk, and lay it flat on a white towel to dry. If you must, iron silk while it is still damp with a warm iron setting at  under 135oC or use the Electrolux Confidence steam iron, which has a variety of temperature controls.

Wool

Typically made from the fur of sheep or goats, wool is a warm fabric that is prone to shrinking in hot water. Dry cleaning or hand-washing is best, but some wool and wool mixes can be machine-washed.

If the label states the woollen clothing can be machine-washed, appliances like the Electrolux Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines have woollen programmes or the ability to create customised washes with cold, gentle wash cycles.

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