5 Top Tips to Stop Your Clothes Shrinking in The Tumble Dryer

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Does tumble drying your clothes fill you with dread? Almost every person has experienced the horror of discovering an item of clothing that went in perfectly fine but emerges a fraction of its original size.

Whether thanks to miserable weather or lack of radiator space the tumble dryer may be your only option, but how do you prevent shrinking your clothes in the process? In a bid to save your new outfit from Barbie’s wardrobe, Laundry experts and one of the best cleaners in Nottingham, Laundry Equipment Direct, share their five top tips to help stop your clothes from shrinking in the tumble dryer.

Read your clothes labels

Although this may seem an obvious one, it is important to check your labels thoroughly to prevent you unwillingly gaining fun-sized fashion.

What works for natural cotton and wool, may not be optimal for synthetic fabrics like satin and polyester, so make sure you are clued up on the kind of material you’re dealing with before you select the dryer setting. Natural fabrics tend to shrink more easily in hot temperatures because the heat gets rid of the moisture in the material. This means it’s best if these types of fabrics are dried on low heat. Remember! other fabrics, like silk, shouldn’t be tumble dried at all.

Dry clothes on a low heat

Drying your clothes on low heat may take them longer to dry, but it’s a much better option than washing your clothes on a high heat, which results in a bigger risk of them shrinking. The reason behind the shrink risk is because heat can damage the fibres. This affects some fabrics worse than others, which is why checking your labels is crucial.

Don’t over-dry your clothes

To help prevent your clothes from shrinking in the tumble dryer, make sure that you don’t over-dry them. Even once the dryer has stopped, the damage can still be done. The longer your clothes are left in the heat, the higher chance they have of shrinking. So, try to take your clothes out of the dryer as soon as it’s finished. If they’re still slightly damp, you can always hang them up outside your wardrobe.

Wash your clothes in cold water beforehand

If you know you’re going to put your clothes in the tumble dryer then, if possible, wash them in cold water. Washing your clothes in warm water before sticking them straight into the tumble dryer could cause unwanted shrinkage. Cold water should help prevent your clothes from shrinking, as it’s less damaging to the fabric.

Try not to tumble dry too often

 Thanks to the beautiful British weather, there will be times where the only way to dry your clothes is by chucking them into the tumble dryer. However, if you do have the opportunity to hang your washing out to dry on a washing line from time to time, or have space to drape them over a radiator or clothes horse, then do so. Air drying is a much gentler method of drying clothes. If you can switch out some of your tumble dries with the occasional air dry, then the dreaded shrinkage risk will be lessened.

Let’s face it! No one wants a load-full of clothes that have shrunk so much they can no longer be worn. By following these tips, you should be able to prevent your clothes from shrinking in the tumble dryer.


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