How Full Should You Fill a Front-Load Washer
Front-load clothes washers, once found only in public laundry faculties and commercial cleaning plants, are becoming more popular as home appliances. Guidelines for use include the recommended volume of laundry per load.
Because front-load washers have no agitator like top-load models, they can hold 25 to 35 percent more items. The extra interior space also makes it possible to efficiently clean large, bulky items like comforters, bedspreads, throw rugs and sleeping bags.
Other Washing Advantages
Clothes and other items generally last longer when washed in front-loaders, as the washing process is gentler. Agitators in traditional washers often twist and turn materials, putting stress and strain on the fibers that encourage deterioration. Stains are more conducive to removal because the surfaces of the items are exposed more to water and detergents in a free-flowing environment.
Front-load washers spin the clean clothes at a minimum of 1000 RPMs (revolutions per minute), almost twice as fast as top loaders. This feature makes the clothes dry faster, which uses less energy and speeds up laundry chores.
Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.
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