Choosing the Right Dryer Cycle at the Laundromat

Select the Right Dryer Cycle to Keep Your Clothes Fresh

Although doing laundry may not be your favorite chore, clean clothes are a necessity. Doing laundry is relatively easy, but you should ensure that you are using the right washing and drying cycles for your clothes to keep them in good condition. Exposing fabrics to harsh chemicals or high heat can cause delicate fibers to break down or wear out. To help you choose the right dryer cycle at your Chula Vista laundromat, take a look at these tips.

Air Dry/Air Fluff Cycle


There is no added heat added to this cycle. The dryer simply pulls in room temperature air and the drum turns your clothes to help them plump up. This cycle is ideal for fluffing pillows, comforters, and freshening dry clean only items that are musty.

Delicate or Gentle Cycle

This cycle is ideal for drying clothes that are delicate – that are made of fine material, such as rayon or silk. It can also be used to dry items that have a lot of embellishments on them like beads or decals. It is especially important to use this cycle for athletic wear. These garments cannot withstand the high heat and may lose their color and shape as a result.

Permanent Press

The permanent press cycle should be used for items such as shirts, blouses, dresses, jackets, outerwear, and even non-cotton socks. This cycle uses a medium level of heat to prevent wrinkling and the damage that high heat can cause. Many dryers have a cool down period of around 10 minutes that uses room temperature air to help relax wrinkles in fabrics.

Regular Cycle or Automatic

This cycle is ideal for towels, sheets, sweats, and jeans. The regular cycle is going to use the highest heat setting available on your dryer, so items with decorations or stains should avoid this cycle. The high heat is harsh on fabrics, so be mindful only to use it for tough fabrics.

Need help with your laundry? Give the team at Fresh & Clean Laundry a call to learn about our services and about how we can help. As your friendly and efficient laundry team in California, we hope to see you soon!

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