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Permanent Press vs Gentle Cycle – What’s the Difference?

Learn About Permanent Press Cycle on Washers and Dryers

We’ve all seen the different cycle settings on our washers and dryers. Hot, Cold, and Warm are intuitive. But, what is Permanent Press?

Understanding Your Washer and Dryer Settings

Knowing which washer and dryer setting to use for different loads of laundry can make all the difference in how your garments look and feel after they’re done washing and drying.

‍However, if you don’t know, you’re not alone! Many people don’t understand the different settings, which can make doing laundry a confusing experience. It’s common to think that all of the washer and dryer settings are more or less the same things, but they are not. Different washer and dryer settings use different temperatures and spin cycles, thus creating a different result.

‍We’re a laundry service. We know a lot about custom washer and dryer cycles .So, we’ve compiled the basics of using each of these settings, so you can better understand how to use them for your laundry.

What does Permanent Press mean?

Permanent Press is for clothes that can get wrinkly during a regular wash and dry cycle. The term actually refers to the fabric composition – not the washer or dryer settings. This new fabric composition was invented by Ruth R. Benerito in 1990 to help eliminate the need for ironing cotton after every wash.

‍She developed a process called cross-linking, which replaced the ineffectual hydrogen bonds with stronger ones. The new chemical bonds act like the sturdy rungs of a ladder, snapping the polymer chains back to crisp, unwrinkled attention. The term refers to fabric that has been chemically processed to resist wrinkles and hold its shape.

The washer and dryer settings simply cater to the time, temperature, and tumble that is most beneficial to this textile type. 

Is Permanent Press Low Heat or High Heat?

It’s both! Permanent Press Cycles use a combination of low heat and high hear to reduce wrinkles. Permanent Press in the washer operates the same ways as it does in the dryer. It starts with higher heat and progressively lowers the temperature until it is cold. This shocks garments and prevents wrinkles – hence the name “Permanent Press.”

What garments are best for Permanent Press?

The Permanent Press setting is great for items like blouses, button-up shirts, and khaki pants – items that typically need to be ironed. However, it can ruin athletic wear or delicates that should not be exposed to high heat.

When choosing which garments to wash and dry on permanent press, consider if you would otherwise typically iron the garment. If the answer is yes, choose the Permanent Press setting. If the answer is no, opt for a different cycle.

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Permanent Press in Washers

The permanent press cycle works to release creases in the fabrics placed within the washing machine by beginning the wash with warm or hot water, and then switching to cool while rinsing. The cycle ends with a slow spin, as a way to reduce wrinkles.

In essence, the permanent press cycle reduces the wrinkles in your clothes. It also helps to preserve the finish on your wrinkle-free items, allowing them to last longer. But, the hot water in the cycle can damage delicates if you’re not careful! Typically, you want to avoid the Permanent Press washing machine cycle with your delicate laundry.

Permanent Press cycles are also used to reduce the fading, shrinking, and pilling of certain synthetic materials. In comparison to the regular cycle, the Permanent Press cycle is gentler. However, it isn’t gentle enough for certain delicate garments, such as lingerie, athletic wear, or woven throws.

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Permanent Press in Dryers

The Permanent Press setting on your dryer is designed to reduce wrinkles in clothing when drying without damaging fabrics that may shrink if exposed to high temperatures.

‍The cycle works by combining a high-heat drying period with a low-heat drying period and then a cool-down period at the end. This helps to relax wrinkles out of fabrics while reducing heat exposure during the cycle, which prevents shrinkage and damage to delicate fabrics.

In comparison, a dryer setting with a constant heat setting can tend to wrinkle items once there is no longer any humidity in the load. 

The permanent press setting differs from other settings on your dryer because it uses both high and low heat combined with a cool-down period at the end. For example, regular heat settings are designed for tougher items like jeans or towels that can tolerate higher temperatures.

Tips for Drying Different Types of Clothing

When using both your washing machine and dryer’s delicate cycles, keep in mind that these cycles are designed specifically for fragile fabrics such as silk, cashmere, wool, linen, and other embellished garments – not for everyday items like t-shirts or jeans. Be sure to read the care label carefully before putting any item into either machine so that you can ensure that you choose the best setting possible for protecting those special garments while still getting them clean! With a proper understanding of how both machines’ delicate cycles work together, you’ll be able to keep all of your delicates looking their best!

The gentle cycle, also known as a delicate cycle on some machines, is best for garments with weaker fabrics, as well as some blankets and other bedding items.

‍Gentle or delicate laundry settings begin with a quick, cold wash, and end with a slow tumble and spin cycle. The delicate materials that most commonly should be washed on a gentle or delicate setting include, but are not limited to: Sweaters, Athletic Wear, Underwear, Crocheted Items, etc.

What are the Gentle Cycles on washers and dryers?

When selecting a cycle for drying clothes on your dryer, it’s important to note that some fabrics are more sensitive than others and require special care when laundering them. For instance, delicate fabrics like silk should never go in the dryer; they should only be air-dried flat or hung up so they don’t stretch out over time.

Similarly, natural fibers such as cotton have a lower tolerance for heat so they should always be washed with cold water and then dried using the permanent press setting or air dry option. On the flip side, synthetic fibers such as polyester or nylon can handle higher temperatures so they can usually go in any regular heat cycle without the worry of shrinking or damage to fabric integrity.

Rule of Caution: If you are worried about maintaining the integrity of your delicate item, you can opt for the Gently Cycle instead. It might not have the wrinkle-protection of the Permanent Press settings but it will guarantee that you do not shrink your garment(s).

Ultimately, understanding how each cycle works on your dryer can help you keep your clothes looking new longer! Knowing which type of fabric should go into which cycle will help you avoid shrinking clothes or ruining delicate materials with too much heat exposure over time. So next time you’re doing laundry at home make sure to pay attention to those settings—your clothes will thank you later!

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Gently Cycle on Washers

The delicate cycle on a washing machine is designed to be used for items that require gentle handling. ‍The delicate cycle can also be used for wool sweaters that are labeled “hand wash only” or any other item with a similar label.

‍The washing machine’s delicate cycle uses less agitation than the regular cycle does which helps protect fragile fabrics from damage. It also typically operates at lower water temperatures which helps prevent shrinkage and fading in color-sensitive materials like wool.

Additionally, most washers have an extra rinse option associated with their delicate cycles which can help ensure that all of the detergent has been removed from your clothing items before they go in the dryer.

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Gentle Cycle on Dryers

‍The delicate cycle on a dryer is designed to help reduce wrinkling in fabrics that are prone to wrinkling when they are dried – such as cotton and linen.

‍The low heat setting of the delicate cycle helps keep these types of fabrics from becoming over-dried, while still providing enough heat to evaporate moisture from your clothes so they don’t come out damp.

Most dryers will have a timer associated with their delicate cycles so you can set it to run for shorter periods if needed – this ensures that your delicates don’t get over-dried and become brittle or faded due to excessive heat exposure.

Different Laundry Bags for Different Services

We use different bags to differentiate service, treatment, and pricing. This means it is up to you to control the treatment and pricing of your order.

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Laundry Bags

“Wash and Fold” laundry is a laundry term that means we wash and we fold your laundry. We fold a ton of “wash and fold” laundry. And we’re really good at it!

Laundry sent in the wash and fold laundry bags get treated like regular laundry – washed, dried, and folded. These bags hold your everyday laundry including clothing, towels, sheets, and other items that you would run through a personal washer and dryer. Bags vary by location. Check your local options.

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Linen Bag

Some people only like to send their linens for cleaning. 

That’s why we offer a discounted Linen Bag specifically for your sheets and towels. These linens are harder to wash in smaller, residential washing machines.

Plus, when we beautifully fold them, unwrapping them is a real treat! The specialty Linen Bag is offered at a discounted price and is for only sheets & towels.

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Delicates Bag

Different garments require different treatment. 

The Delicates Bag is perfect for your wash & fold garments that needs gentle wash and low-temperature or air dry.

For some people, it’s a few pairs of their favorite jeans. For others, it’s bras, underwear, and leggings. The garments in this bag are getting specialized and separated treatment from the rest of your order.

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Dry Cleaning Bag

Skip the trip to the cleaners with dry cleaning delivery from 2ULaundry!

Anything that you want pressed or steamed and delivered on a hanger should be sent in this bag. 

Dry Cleaning garments are cleaned in liquid silicone. It’s a really light solvent that is chemically inert, is not petroleum-based, and is the modern-era standard for dry cleaning products.

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