What shouldn’t you put in the tumble dryer?


Here are our guidelines on the fabrics and garments you should avoid putting in the dryer.


Tumble dryers save us all time and energy. They dry our clothes in a fraction of the time they would take to air dry. But do you know what to avoid putting in the tumble dryer? Here are the clothes and fabrics you should keep away from your dryer!


Which materials can’t you put in the dryer?

When it comes to using a tumble dryer, there are a few clothes that are probably best left to air dry due to the fabric they’re made from, these include:

  • leather or faux leather;
  • foam rubber (latex);
  • waterproof fabrics;
  • rubber items;
  • silk
  • some woolen items (some Hoover dryers are approved by Woolmark and this certification ensures that even the most delicate woolen items can be dried without ruining them);
  • suede
  • nylon tights;
  • fabrics with metallic decorations;
  • garments with PVC seals;
  • rubber items;
  • fur and eco-fur.


In fact, these particular items are likely to be spoiled by heat if tumble dried due to the way they are made.


What not to tumble dry, from bags to trainers

If you’ve ever been tempted to put shoes in the tumble dryer, we recommend thinking twice before making any rash decisions. The rubber soles of trainers can become deformed or shrink with the heat produced by dryers. You should know, however, that there are on the market some models of dryer suitable also for footwear: some Hoover products have, in fact, the Shoe Rack that allows you to dry your shoes in total safety. Likewise, you’ll have to look at the fabric label on your handbags or backpacks to ascertain whether or not they’re safe to tumble dry, as it all depends on the material they’re made from.


The label in your swimming costume or trunks will tell you whether or not you can put them in the dryer. Ultimately, the type of material used to make your clothes is the deciding factor when it comes to putting them in the tumble dryer.



Tips on how to use your tumble dryer

After washing your clothes in the washing machine, remember to run a spin cycle. Once finished, put your washing in the dryer. Remember, for the best results, your laundry should be slightly damp and not too dry.

It’s also worth performing routine washing machine maintenance, and it’s equally important to clean your dryer’s fluff and lint filter after each load to ensure it carries on working at its very best.


In general, we recommend reading the labels in your clothes carefully to find out if they are suitable for the tumble dryer and which temperature setting to use. Remember to use specific settings for different types of fabric in order to avoid ruining delicate items.


To avoid risks, we recommend buying a latest generation dryer equipped with artificial intelligence. Not only will it take good care of your clothes, it will be able to understand your voice, learn your washing habits and offer personalised solutions for you and your family.

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