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6 Things You Should Never Put in the Dryer

Laundry – the necessary evil.

We love fresh, clean clothes and the idea of sorting and pulling things out that shouldn’t go in the dryer is well, exhausting. Many of us get lazy and just throw everything in there, but don’t! If you want to avoid dryer repair in Dallas, Texas, then here are 7 things our technicians here at Appliance Rescue Service say you should never put in the dryer:

1.    Wool

Wool sweaters, gloves, and socks get a lot of use, particularly during the winter months. Unfortunately, putting them in the dryer will cause them to shrink. Instead, take nice wool sweaters to the dry cleaner and take gloves and socks out to air dry flat.

2.    Overalls

What? Why not overalls? Well, you know those metal clasps. If you’ve never put a pair of overalls in the dryer, then chances are you’ve heard the metal clasps clanking around in there. The clasps are normally heavy and can damage the interior of your dryer. Instead, hang them to dry or put them in a pillow case to protect the dryer.

3.    Running Shoes

There are many tutorials online for washing running shoes in the washing machine, but just make sure you don’t transfer them to the dryer! Before washing, remove laces and insoles, then let them air dry after washing to avoid damaging the rubber or other layers of the shoe. 

4.    Rubber Bath Mats

Sure, bath mats can do in the washing machine, but if they have a rubber backing, never put them in the dryer! That rubber backing will break down in the dryer and cause Dallas dryer repair! And at worse, it can actually catch on fire! Instead, wash them air dry them. 

5.    Denim Jeans

Jeans don’t need to be washed often, and if you want to extend the life of your jeans, spot clean regularly, then wash and air dry sparingly. 

6.    Swimsuits and Bras

These are in the same category because both normally have a decent amount of elasticity that can break down and get ruined with the heat of the dryer. Instead, line dry both for long life. (Just make sure to dry swimsuits in the shade to avoid fading.)

Hopefully these tips help you extend the life of your dryer and your clothes too! As always, if you ever need Dallas dryer repair, call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service!

It’s Time to Clean Your Dryer – and Here’s Why:

Did you know that dryers – and dryer vents – are one of the leading causes of household fires?

 

Do we have your attention?

The National Fire Protection Association reports that dryers cause approx. 15,000 fires a year and the leading cause of these fires is failure to properly clean your dryer.

So today’s helpful tip from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is how to properly clean your dryer and keep your home hazard free:

 

Step 1: Clean the Dryer Filter Between Every Load

If you take nothing else away from this article, remember this: your dryer filter – or lint trap – must be cleaned out between each and every load in order to help your dryer run efficiently and without issues. Not cleaning the dryer filter is the #1 cause of dryer fires, so this is a must. Clean any particles that are in the lint trap, and don’t forget to look around the dryer for any loose pieces that might have escaped before they go up the dryer hose.

 

Step 2: Run the Dryer When You’re Home

When you leave the house, do yourself a favor and just stop the dryer. This is not a scare tactic, but merely a way to give you peace of mind and help you keep an eye on performance at all times.

 

Step 3: Vent the Dryer Out of your Home

Options abound on venting, but if your dryer doesn’t already vent out of your home, ask a professional to come and reroute the vent.

 

Step 4:  Call for Professional Dryer Service

Even with the most diligent dryer filter cleaning, some of the lint is bound to escape up the dryer hose – causing a hazard to your home as it builds up over time. Every 6 months (or a year if you only use your dryer moderately), call a professional dryer repair company in Dallas to service your dryer and get the lint out of the hose.

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is one your one-stop shop for all things appliance repair  - including the best Dallas dryer repair. Call us for all your dryer repair needs, including any questions as it relates to lint build up and dryer fire prevention.

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