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How To Reduce Laundry Creases After A Wash

In today’s hectic world, not many people have the time or urge to iron. Often using a tumble dryer or air-drying clothes eliminates the need to iron. However, sometimes clothes can come out of a washing machine really badly creased. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening so that you keep ironing time to a minimum.

Top Tips To Reduce Laundry Creases

1. Load with care

You should never overload washing machines as it can reduce the effectiveness of the wash, meaning you have to repeat a cycle, wasting energy and water. Make sure to check the capacity limits of your washing machine before you put a load on. You can find out the right capacity in the manufacturer’s guide.

Many people don’t realise that washing machines have different capacities for different materials, so it is essential to check the manual for what you are washing. For example, if your washing machine has a 6kg capacity, this will apply to cotton. However, for wool or delicate items, the load capacity may reduce to just 2kg.

As overloading can cause excess creases, it is important to check the weight of your load carefully.

2. Too hot

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Washing your garments at a temperature which is too high can cause creasing. Make sure to check the temperature recommended on the labels of your clothes to clean them at the correct temperature. This not only helps to prevent creasing but also shrinkage too.

3. Hot water rinse

Most washing machines will be connected to the cold water supply of your home as they are cold-fill only. However, sometimes, people make a mistake due to incorrect labelling or get the hot and cold water valve the wrong way around. If hot water goes into the rinse cycle in your washing machine, then it can increase the creases.

It is worthwhile checking if this is the case. You can also ask a professional, such as Repair Aid, to reconnect your washer to the right water.

4. Spin speed

Not spinning clothes at the correct speed can also cause creasing in your clothes. Don’t assume that every item requires the same spin speed. For example, denim requires a spin cycle of 900 rpm while cotton spin best at 1400 rpm. Again, it is worthwhile checking the guidelines from the manufacturer to know for sure what is right for your machine.

5. It’s left in the washing machine too long

Ideally, it would help if you took clothes out of the washing machine as soon as it finishes its cycle. Some sophisticated washing machines may even keep clothes in water and conduct the final spin when you are ready to retrieve them, which can help if you put the washing on before you go to work or bed. However, if your machine doesn’t do that, leaving items damp in the drum will usually cause excessive creasing.

6. Your washing machine needs more water

If you still notice excessive creasing after following the five tips above, then it may be as a result of a problem with your washing machine. If the washing machine does not have enough water during each rinse, then it can cause excessive creasing. If you’ve exhausted all other options, speak to the team at Repair Aid to find out if a lack of water is causing the problem.

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