“It is amazing to what others do not understand their own benefits,” said the two-color python in the Kipling tale to the unlucky baby elephant. The same can be said of people who do not see the point in purchasing a tumble dryer. Unfortunately, this device is not yet among the most popular household appliances. But in vain, because the tumble dryer has a number of advantages compared to the "grandmother" methods of drying clothes. From it you will get clothes dried to the optimum level: soft and pleasant to the touch, not too dry, not wrinkled. Some things after machine drying do not even have to be ironed. However, all these benefits will be available only if a number of rules are observed, which should not be forgotten in order to achieve the optimal result of the drying machine.
Drying clothes in a tumble dryer means being modern, saving time and energy
Machine drying: what is possible and what is not
Let's start with those things that are strictly forbidden to dry in the car. First of all, these are ultrathin fabrics (tulle, cambric), things with embroidery and interspersed metal ornaments, as well as nylon, that is, those that are contraindicated to intense mechanical and thermal effects. With great care, you need to dry multilayer textile products that do not dry evenly, for example, down jackets, feather pillows. For these things, the so-called intensive or extra-dry mode is usually used, and in the end they can be dried using the “warm blow” function. This combination of modes and functions is not available in all tumble dryers, so it is necessary to strictly follow the manufacturer's instructions. So, in Miele machines, drying of feather pillows and down jackets is usually allowed, but it is not recommended to dry such things in models of the Gorenie brand and some other manufacturers.
Feather pillows and down jackets can not be dried on all models of tumble dryers
Careful drying is also required by new knitwear (t-shirts, underwear), which often sit down during washing. Therefore, so that they do not reach very microscopic dimensions, you can not dry them. The same, only to a greater extent, applies to wool: sweaters and sweaters can only be dried using a special delicate drying program and, preferably, additional devices, which will be discussed below.
Synthetics and mixed fabrics can be dried in a machine. Moreover, the dryer will act on such things as iron, and many of them will not need additional ironing. Some cotton items can also be put on immediately or put in a closet.
In order for consumers to know exactly what type of drying is best suited for a particular thing, manufacturers put special symbols on the label:
|can be tumble dried|
|machine drying prohibited|
|machine drying at low temperature|
|machine drying at normal temperature|
|high temperature machine drying|
|gentle spin and drying|
|delicate spin and drying|
|vertical spin allowed vertical drying|
Typically, in a tumble dryer, 5 to 7 kilograms of laundry can be dried at a time (depending on the model). There are compact dryers, designed to dry kilograms of linen. It should be noted that the maximum load figures mean the weight of dry, not wet things. Note also that these figures apply only to cotton and linen fabrics, for synthetics and mixed fabrics they need to be halved (that is, to kilograms), and the mass of the loaded wool should generally be no more than 1 kilogram. If a woolen thing weighs a little more, of course, it is not necessary to tear it to pieces, but putting other things into a machine is no longer worth it. The maximum load cannot be exceeded, otherwise the drying result will deteriorate significantly, and the laundry will wrinkle and wear out faster. In general, the more laundry in a car, the more likely it is to remember it. Therefore, for example, for drying shirts and blouses, a maximum load of one and a half kilograms is usually recommended, regardless of the type of fabric.
To achieve uniform, high-quality drying, things must be straightened out and sorted. If linen is usually sorted according to the type of fabric before washing, it is recommended to dismantle it according to the degree of humidity and the desired degree of drying before putting it into the dryer. You can sort by size, but this is not necessary - the main thing is that small things (socks, underwear) do not get inside larger ones, for example, duvet covers. To avoid this, fasten all pillowcases and duvet covers or dry them separately.
Once again, make sure that there are no foreign objects among the laundry, especially those that can melt and ruin the laundry or damage the dryer during high-temperature drying. You need to be very careful with such a delicate part of the women's toilet as bras: many of their models have removable “bones” that, when dropped out, are able to tear clothes or ruin the dryer drum. So the “bones” will either have to be removed in advance, or if you are afraid that the bra will lose shape, sew on. All zippers, buttons and hooks on the clothes should be fastened, the ends of the fabric belts and the straps from swimsuits and aprons are tied together.
A properly selected drying program is the guarantee that in the end you will get not only dry, but also pleasant underwear and eyes. The drying programs used in tumble dryers can be conditionally divided into drying according to time and residual moisture of the fabric. The principle of drying by humidity has proved itself perfectly, therefore, in modern high-quality dryers, preference is given to him, and drying by time may be present as an additional option.
Drying by humidity allows the implementation of numerous automatic drying modes in tumble dryers. The most widely used are iron-on and cabinet-based programs. In the latter case, the thing can be put on or put off immediately, drying “under the iron” leaves the clothes somewhat moist and easy to iron.
Many models of dryers have an extra or super drying program. Please note that this mode is suitable only for very dense fabrics or multilayer items (ordinary cotton items when it is used can sit down, and linen items can become rough and stiff). To avoid these troubles, it is better for them to use a gentle or delicate program.
Another common classification of programs: by type of fabric (cotton, linen, synthetics, wool) or by type of things (jeans, shirts, sportswear). In some devices, for example, Miele, both those and other programs are presented, and then you need to carefully study the instructions. As a rule, it explains with the help of a table which clothes fall under the “jurisdiction” of which regime.
You can learn more about the design and functionality of dryers in one of our previous articles.
A properly selected drying program is the guarantee that in the end you will get not only dry, but also pleasant to the eyes and touch
Additional modes and devices
From additional programs, it is necessary to distinguish the airing mode or “cold blowing” when the laundry is intensively blown with room temperature air. This mode will help eliminate unpleasant odors from clothes that do not yet need to be washed. With it, you can also rid things of adhering animal hair.
In some machines (for example, Bosch-Siemens or Miele) there is a so-called “crease protection”, that is, after the end of the main drying cycle, the dryer drum will make rare revolutions for a certain period of time (from 1 to 3 hours). Thus, the fabric will be protected from caking and wrinkling. However, this function should not be relied on particularly: there is a risk that things left in the car for a long time will be overdried. Therefore, it is better to unload the dryer immediately after work.
For things that can withstand drying with warm air, but do not tolerate intense mechanical stress, modern drying machines of some manufacturers (Bosch-Siemens, Miele, Gorenie) are equipped with special baskets. They are fixed horizontally inside the drum of the machine, things are placed in a basket, and thus their movement and mechanical impact on them are excluded. In such baskets it is good to dry woolen things, soft toys, shoes made of fabric.
Steel box (basket) for drying in Miele drying machines
At the end of work
After the drying cycle is completed, you need to take care of the machine itself, so that it serves as long as possible. If you have a condensation type unit (and this is the most popular, “advanced” and widespread type of dryer today), then after each drying it is necessary to pour out the accumulated moisture from the condensate tank. However, if a drain hose is connected to drain condensate, this operation is not required.
If condensate cannot be removed through the drain hose, the moisture must be poured out of a special container after each drying
But cleaning the pile filters is a must for any type of dryer. On these filters, small particles of tissue accumulate, which are blown out of things during the drying process. A clogged pile filter can further reduce the efficiency of the machine and make drying too long and uneconomical. You can clean the filters with your hands or with a vacuum cleaner (very carefully!), And in case of severe contamination, it is recommended to rinse them with water. After washing, the filters must be thoroughly dried before use.
The fluff filter must be cleaned as it becomes dirty.
If you want to start the machine for another drying cycle, be sure to let the machine “rest” for 40 minutes. If the dryer is used frequently, the heat exchanger must be cleaned after every 100 dryers. It is usually washed with water and dried thoroughly. A detailed story about how to carry out this operation should be in the instructions for the dryer. Even if you use the dryer relatively rarely, you must clean the heat exchanger at least 2 times a year.
In this material, we outlined the basic principles of handling a dryer and preparing laundry for drying in it. If you follow our recommendations, as well as the advice of manufacturers (as a rule, they are in the manual for the appliance), the dryer will provide you with additional free time, carefully dried things, and therefore a good mood.
Ignition of a washing machine: from burning smell to fire
Any electrical appliance may catch fire. Household appliances are no exception.
Washing machines statistically light up more often other large household electrical appliances. So, for example, in the UK it was estimated that about 18 thousand washing machines burn out in three years.
In Russia, fires caused by the ignition of washing machines are also not uncommon.
How to prevent a fire and what to do if the car caught fire?
Factors that trigger a fire in a washing machine
Appearance of a washing machine provoke:
- Poor build quality and materials of which the unit is made. More often, inexpensive and defective washing machines light up.
- Incorrect installation. Mainly, the problem lies in the absence of a residual current device (RCD) and grounding in the electrical network of a house / apartment.
- Incorrect operation of the device. Failure to comply with the rules described in the instructions for the unit.
- Independent or amateur repair.
- Inattention of owners! Before the machine lights up:
- smell of burning
- smoke is visible
- there are crackles, clicks, pops,
- sparks are visible.
Important! Never leave a running washing machine unattended!
It is especially dangerous to start washing when leaving home or at night!
Control the washing process to protect yourself and your equipment.
What to do if the washing machine is on?
A fire can always be prevented or, by detecting a flame in time, take appropriate measures to eliminate it.
If you smell burning, you see smoke and sparks coming from the washing machine:
- Keep calm!
- Disconnect the RCD of the washing machine (if available) or immediately all the electricity in the house on the distribution board.
- With dry hands, unplug the washer from the outlet.
- If the flame is visible, cover the machine with a thick blanket, blocking the access of oxygen to the fire.
- If the fire is strong - after all the above steps, call the fire department (phone 101 or 01) and leave the apartment.
Attention! Never extinguish a car that is burning and connected to electricity with water! Do not wave to the flame, close windows and doors - the influx of air only ignites the fire!
What can catch fire in a washing machine?
Reason the smell of burning, melting, or a fire of the washing machine more often becomes:
- a short circuit in the outlet to which the unit is connected,
- a short circuit in the wiring inside the washing machine,
- a short circuit in the motor windings due to water or excessive humidity in the room,
- burnout of contacts in the surge protector, control board or heater;
- rubbing drive belt,
- faulty drain pump.
You can clearly smell the burning, but the likelihood of a fire is minimal if:
- The washing machine is brand new. In this case, the smell is exuded by heating new plastic parts. Over time, the problem will resolve itself.
- Garbage (powder, feathers, wool, hair, etc.) stuck to the heating element. You need to clean the heater yourself or invite the master for the repair of washing machines.
In any case, it is better not to take matters to the extreme. A burnt smell is a clear sign that something is wrong with the machine. At least a specialist consultation is required, and a professional repair as a maximum.
VseRemont24 master in your home will carry out all necessary work:
- will clean and solder the contacts of the surge protector, heater, control board,
- replaces a section of faulty wiring inside the unit,
- will repair the electric motor,
- replace with new parts that will not be repaired (control board, drive belt, bearings, electric motor, drain pump).
Why do I need a tumble dryer
It is used to quickly remove moisture from washed laundry - drying. This means that the user does not need floor dryers and ropes, there is no need to hang things on the balcony or on the street. Moreover, drying in outdoor conditions is not only the burning of fabrics in the sun and the depletion of fibers in the wind, but also dust and dirt, which reduce the washing effect to almost zero.
If the laundry is dry in the sun or on a heating radiator, it will take a long time to iron or steam it. After the tumble dryer, you will receive the laundry with the degree of humidity you need - it remains to quickly iron things or, as it is, put them in a cabinet or chest of drawers.
Like some appliances (such as dishwashers), dryers are considered a luxury item. It’s not even a matter of cost, since there are a ton of options from the economy class, but in the limited usable space of the premises. Many live in such small apartments that sometimes there is nowhere to put a washer with a refrigerator, not like a drying cabinet. But also not everyone knows that the dryer can easily be put on top of the washing machine.
Our task is not to convince you to buy a tumble dryer, but to talk about everything that is known about the Gorenie brand equipment.
D 74 SY2 B
The case is made in black, dimensions: 60x60x85 cm in width, depth and height, respectively. Loading volume - 7 kg. Electronic control is provided.
- the hatch opens 180 degrees
- the drum is made of stainless steel,
- 3D ribs
- there is a drum light,
- Sensor IQ option,
- a humidity sensor is installed,
- laundry presence sensor,
- drum rotation in different directions
- 15 drying modes,
- light signal when filling the condensate compartment,
- regulation of the degree of drying,
- user mode for creating programs with individual parameters,
- the ability to adjust the volume of the sound signal or turn it off completely,
- unit noise - up to 65 dB,
- equipped with suction cups,
- There is a removable filter type,
- weight - 38 kg.
Cost - 34 070 rubles.
D 74 SY2 W
A similar model with a load of 7 kg and 15 programs. There are security differences:
- service diagnostics of the built-in type are provided,
- there is protection against incorrect settings,
- built-in overheating protection - your laundry is protected from spoilage, and machine parts from damage.
The remaining parameters correspond to the previous model. Price - 35 918 rubles.
The energy efficiency class of this machine is A. The color of the case: white. 8 kg drum.
- Ion Tech option provides smooth clothes without wrinkled fibers,
- Twin Air - two-stream air supply,
- конденсационная технология, есть тепловой насос,
- 120-литровый барабан,
- люк диаметром 35 см, с углом открытия 180 градусов,
- реверс барабана,
- Twin Air — отвод конденсата в слив автоматическим способом,
- в каждую программу можно внести изменение настроек,
- есть цифровой дисплей,
- возможен отложенный запуск до 24 часов,
- 15 режимов: «Хлопок», «Шерсть», «Синтетика» и т.д.,
- AntiCrease — опция, чтобы вещи не мялись,
- Soft Sound - user sound alert,
- fine filtration,
- drying progress indicators,
- time display until the end of the program,
- suction cups (for easy installation of equipment on a washing machine),
- humidity sensor
- noise up to 65 dB
- Dimensions: 60x60x85 cm (WxDxH)
- weight - 55 kg.
The cost of the model on the official website of the company in the Russian Federation is 46,657 rubles.
A dryer with a loading capacity of 8 kg. Type - condensation. There is a humidity sensor, the option of laundry in the drum. There are 15 drying modes. Stainless drum and 3D ribs. Backlight. Dimensions: 60x60x85 cm (WxDxH).
Pros: removed the ropes from the balcony, now it takes no days to dry. After the machine things are soft without fibers and spools.
Cons: overall (we have a narrow washing machine, failed to install on top). It works very noisily, warms up the air, requires large amounts of electricity.
The general impression: I caught fire on the purchase of equipment, visiting a classmate who has such a thing. The choice was small, so stopped at the "Burning". At first I was confused by the hatch, which was not glass, but clogged, but then it turned out that this was not essential.
Yes, I suffer the noise and heat from this car and even pay more for the light with pleasure, because these clothesline disappeared from my life! And when I saw what gets into the filter, I was stunned: there was hair, and wool, and small garbage. And before all this was on clothes.
Of the 15 programs, I always use only 3. I do not particularly focus on time, because the duration of the cycle depends anyway on the humidity of the laundry.
I clean the filter periodically, but it doesn’t bother - on the contrary, I’m wondering how much is left of the clothes. Most of all I like towels and bathrobes - warm, dry, soft, I immediately want to wrap myself up. Previously, from the balcony you could bring and put)))
Conclusion: it is this model that I came across that completely copes with the tasks assigned to it. There are no special "bells and whistles" such as drying down jackets, but this was not the purpose at the time of purchase. In general, I advise and recommend.
As you can see, a tumble dryer is a useful technique in any home, especially if there is free space to place it. If the place is tight, can be installed on the washing machine. Noise and warming the room can not be avoided, but in return you will get soft and dry linen.
The choice is yours. The Gorenie brand has a fairly wide range - for every taste, color and price segment.