Get to know your new tumble dryer with a helping hand from our user guide. From what you can put in your dryer to using the settings, you’ll be well equipped to make the most of your new appliance.
Check the label
If a label has a circle inside a square, this means it’s ok to go in the tumble dryer. If your item has this same symbol with a cross, it can’t be put in the dryer. Always take a look at the care labels before popping your clothes to dry.
Separate fabrics into loads
Make sure you separate your laundry and dry similar fabrics together, as different fabrics tend to have different drying times.
What else can I put in?
As well as most clothes, you can tumble dry bedding sheets, pillowcases and towels. Any fabrics made from wool, cashmere, lace, silk, leather and suede can’t be tumble dried, unless your dryer has a special programme for them. And you also shouldn’t dry spandex items, bras or clothing with beads or sequins.
Tumble dryers have a lot of nifty settings that make doing the laundry that little bit easier. Sensor drying will work out how wet your clothes are to make sure the cycle will leave everything perfectly dry. Look out for settings for fabric types such as cottons and synthetics too. Check out our quick video on how to make the most out of your settings.
Before you clean any part of your tumble dryer make sure you turn it off at the socket. Now you can pull out the lint screen and remove all the lint with a vacuum and wipe it down with a damp soapy cloth. Next you’ll want to clean inside the drum, and don’t forget to clean the door seal and sensor of any dirt and debris. You should clean the heat exchanger every month, or whenever the light indicates. Just run it under some water and then clean out its housing with a damp cloth. Take a look at our short video for more top tips on cleaning your tumble dryer.
If you want nice and dry clothes for years to come, then you’ll need to take care of your trusty tumble dryer. We recommend emptying and cleaning the filters after each use, as a build-up of lint in the filter can damage your machine. Make sure you don’t overfill your dryer or fill it up with bulky items like duvets, as you risk your machine overheating. In all cases we recommend looking at your product manual to find out how to look after it. For more help and advice, check out our short video.
You should clean the filter out after each use to make sure there is no lint left over.
The condenser tank should be at the top left of your machine. Make sure your machine is turned off, then pull it out from its compartment, empty the water and put it back again. Make sure to do each time you use it.
Tumble dryer balls cut down how long your tumble dryer takes to dry your clothes. They can be made from wool, plastic and rubber, and they tumble around with your clothes preventing them from tangling, which in turn means they dry much quicker. They also soften your fabrics, which keeps them in better condition.
This can vary with each manufacturer, so check your product manual.
Tumble dryer condenser boxes turn your vented tumble dryer into a condenser dryer. You should follow the instructions that come with the condenser box to properly connect it to your dryer.
You’ll have to check your product manual to find out this information.
The best way to keep your clothes smelling fresh is by keeping your dryer clean. You can also pick up tumble dryer sheets that keep your clothes smelling fresh while being tumbled around.
Tumble dryer sheets are used in your tumble dryer to keep your laundry smelling fresh and protected from creasing. You can find them in your local supermarket.
We wouldn’t recommend tumble drying your duvets or other similar large fabrics as you risk the possibility of your tumble dryer overheating.
Tumble dryers are perfectly safe appliances as long as you look after them. Always make sure you’re emptying the filter after each use to stop blockages. Clean your machine regularly to keep it in tip top shape and check your product manual to make sure you’re using your machine the right way. If you’re in any doubt about your tumble dryer, stop using it and contact your manufacturer for their advice.
You shouldn’t really load any fabrics made from wool, cashmere, lace, silk, leather and suede unless your dryer has a special programme for them. And also avoid putting bulky items like duvets inside to avoid your machine overheating.
Don’t overload the dryer, too many clothes means they won’t dry properly. You’ll always want to make sure the filter is free from lint before running a cycle too, and make sure you’re using the right programmes and temperatures.
If you want to give your clothes a nice fresh scent straight out of the dryer you can use tumble dryer sheets. If you want to freshen up the drum, give it a wipe down with a damp cloth to keep it shiny and clean.
Make sure to empty the lint out of your tumble dryer’s filter at each use. When loading your clothes, check pockets for loose items that could damage your machine. Finally, don’t overload your machine with too many clothes or bulkier items like duvets as your dryer could overheat.
The lint filter can be found by the door, all you need to do is take it out, empty it in the bin and put it back in.
Only vented dryers have a vent and depending on the manufacturer they usually advise to clean it once a month. Check your product manual to find out how to do this.
You can give your drum a refresh every now by wiping it down with a damp cloth.
Check your product manual as each manufacturer will advise differently. Also check that your machine comes with a handy self-cleaning function, as some models do.
You just need to empty the condenser tank after your clothes are dry. But if you do want to clean it, a quick wipe down with a damp soapy cloth should do the trick.