Washing Machine Hints and Tips
From saving time to saving energy, Hoover’s washing machine hints and tips will help you wash your clothes more effectively so you can enjoy great results with every wash.
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- Energy Saving Tips
Buy an energy efficient washing machine
- An energy efficient washing machine uses a third less energy than an old, inefficient model and cuts water consumption considerably. The Hoover VisionHD 9kg machines use 55% less water and 33% less electricity to wash the equivalent kg of clothes compared to a 10year old Hoover model.
Reduce washing temperatures
- Using a 40°C wash cycle rather than 60°C means you use a third less electricity. Reduce the wash to a 30°C cycle and the amount of electricity saved (not to mention money) will be even higher. Modern washing powders and detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures so unless you have very dirty washing, bear this in mind
General energy saving tips
- To use your washing machine more efficiently:
• Wait until you can wash a full load.
• Use the half load setting for half loads.
• Use low temperature washes.
• Use short cycles for lightly soiled washing.
• Before using a tumble drier put your clothes on a spin cycle to remove excess water
Use full loads
- To save the most water and energy always try to use a full load. Even if the machine has a half-load setting, waiting until you can wash one full load will always be more energy efficient. So if you are serious about saving money on your electricity bills it is always better to fill the drum up to its capacity. The Hoover VisionHD 9kg can take 80% more laundry than conventional washing machines, so you will save 33% on electricity costs per year.
- Time Saving Tips
- Washing Tips
Testing colour fastness of laundry
- In general it's best to wash your dark colours separately. But it's worth knowing if clothes (especially new ones) are colourfast before putting them in with a regular wash. That way you'll avoid dyes running into other clothes, leaving them an undesirable shade! So check the care label, and do this easy test for colourfastness.
For soaking or washing
1. Dampen a small area of hem or inside seam with water.
2. Iron a piece of white fabric or kitchen paper on to it.
3. If the paper soaks up any colour, your garment isn't colourfast, so should be washed separately.
What should I do if dye runs into other clothes?
- If a non-colourfast item accidentally slips into your wash, a reversal product, could come to the rescue. These should be available in most supermarkets and chemists.
If an article washed in your machine has released a lot of dye, put your machine on an empty wash cycle before doing the next load. This will stop the loose dye running into next wash.
Washing temperature symbols
- Your clothing wash labels will help you to identify which programme is the most suitable to wash your clothes. Starting with the symbol which looks like a wash tub.
This symbol tells us two things:
1. The maximum temperature at which a garment should be washed.
2. The amount of agitation suitable for a given garment.
For a mixed temperature wash load, the lowest temperature should be chosen.
Washing action symbols
- The second piece of information from the wash tub symbol is the amount of agitation suitable for any given garment. This is shown with none, one or two dashes underneath.
For a mixed agitation wash load the lowest agitation should be chosen.
Other wash symbols
Chlorine Bleaching symbols
- Chlorine bleach is the strong liquid bleach used to disinfect toilets, sinks, etc. This should not be confused with colour-safe bleach or the safe oxygen bleaches contained in detergents.
- The dry cleaning symbol is a circle and shouldn't be confused with tumble drying. The circle usually contains a letter which refers to the solvent suitable for that particular garment.
The letters inside the circle indicate the type of solvent suitable for a garment and are for use by the dry cleaning specialist.
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