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Washing Machines: Temperature Guide

The temperature of your wash plays a huge part in getting your laundry cleaned properly. If you wash clothes on the wrong temperature they may be damaged, shrink, or get colour runs. It’s simple to learn the basics – take a look at washing machines: temperature guide here…

Washing Machines Temperature90°C

This is the hottest wash programme you’ll find on most machines and is only suitable for garments with labels that state fabrics will take the high temperature – mainly cottons and linens. Removing stains, brightening whites and heavily soiled items can be done at this temperature, and the routine maintenance wash may ask that you to choose this setting to perform this task.


When it comes to greasy stains this temperature is ideal – and is the perfect choice for towels and bedding. Combined with a good detergent you’ll get results that kill bacterial spores and viruses, and whites will stay bright. Be sure to check that garments are suitable to be washed at this temperature.


This temperature is specifically designed to clean stains from mixed and blended fabrics, and also washes cottons and linens extremely well. This temperature is selected far less as a 40◦ wash is often adequate for these wash needs, but it’s perfectly suited to thick linen, polyester, and wool as it has that bit of extra power.


This wash cycle is ideal for more hardy fabrics such as cotton, linen, viscose, and acrylics. Most everyday items can be washed at this temperature – and it’s the temperature that consumer testing boards use to measure the performance of the washing machine. The 40°C is the most balanced and probably the best all-round cycle for the average household.


These days this cycle can be used for wools, silks, and brightly coloured fabrics that are prone to shrinking. With a good detergent it can a great regular temperature to save energy as the wash is far shorter than those at higher degrees. This temperature may struggle with tougher stains and materials though.


Since 2013 all washing machines have been legally required to have a 20◦ C wash to help save energy as this temperature dramatically reduces running costs. However this programme is only suitable for lightly soiled and delicate garments that simply need refreshing – stubborn stains will need a couple of washes. Bear in mind that low temperature washes may cause a build-up of detergent around the drawer and door so they need to be cleaned regularly.

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If you’re having problems with your water temperature and need a washing machine repair search online for a trusted appliance repair service. Specially trained technicians will use modern tools and equipment to quickly get your washing machine functioning properly. Get a service that comes with full insurance and a six-month quality guarantee.

Highly rated service providers will offer quotes upfront and affordable costs – and you’ll be able to get your washing machine fixed at short notice for no extra fee. If you book online you may even be able to get a discount.