Sorting the laundry
Follow the wash code symbols on each
garment label and the manufacturer’s washing
instructions. Sort the laundry as follows: whites,
coloureds, synthetics, delicates, woollens.
Before loading the laundry
Never wash whites and coloureds together.
Whites may lose their «whiteness» in the
New coloured items may run in the first wash;
they should therefore be washed separately
the first time.
Make sure that no metal objects are left in
the laundry (e.g. hair clips, safety pins,
pins). Button up pillowcases, close zip
fasteners, hooks and poppers. Tie any belts
or long tapes.
Remove persistent stains before washing.
Rub particularly soiled areas with a special
detergent or detergent paste.
Treat curtains with special care. Remove hooks
or tie them up in a bag or net.
Recommended loads are indicated in the
Cotton, linen: drum full but not too tightly
Synthetics: drum no more than half full;
Delicate fabrics and woollens: drum no more
than one third full.
Washing a maximum load makes the most
efficient use of water and energy.
For heavily soiled laundry, reduce the load
The following weights are indicative:
Stubborn stains may not be removed by just
water and detergent. It is therefore advisable to
treat them prior to washing.
Blood: treat fresh stains with cold water. For
dried stains, soak overnight in water with a
special detergent then rub in the soap and
90° or 95°
for normally soiled white cottons
and linen (e.g. tea cloths, towels,
for normally soiled, colour fast
garments (e.g. shirts, night
dresses, pyjamas....) in linen,
cotton or synthetic fibres and for
lightly soiled white cotton (e.g.
for delicate items (e.g. net
curtains), mixed laundry including
synthetic fibres and woollens
bearing the label «pure new wool,
machine washable, non-shrink».
man’s work shirt
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