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Dryer Temperatures

1. Mixed Residential Clothing

All clothing that is safe to be dried in a tumble dryer is ALWAYS dried on the lowest temperature.

Even if a customer tells us it is safe to dry at higher temperatures or if the fabric care label / washing instructions state that the garment may be dried at high heat you must still dry at the lowest temperature.

This insures consistent high quality finish due to the many benefits of drying on low temperatures:

  • Little to no shrinking
  • Improved scent
  • No scorching
  • Softer fabrics
  • Garments will last longer

2. Commercial Bed Linens

Sheets, pillow cases, comforters and pillows for commercial clients are to be dried at the hottest temperatures.

The fabrics used in commercial grade linens are built to withstand the rigors of high heat.

Drying at the hottest temperature which is around 165f will ensure sterilization of the linens.

3. Coveralls & Heavily Soiled Workwear

Coveralls and oily / greasy workwear must always be thoroughly washed to remove as much of the oils from the fabric as possible.

Our dryers operate on an open flame. This presents a greater level of risk of a dryer fire than bed linens or household laundry.

This type of garment must be dried at the lowest temperature possible and monitored closely to mitigate the chance of over-drying which can lead to igniting a dryer fire.

4. Commercial Floor Mats

Only our own rubber Chipman Laundry commercial grade floor mats may be tumble dried. All other rubber items may never enter a tumble dryer on any temperature setting.

There are many different types of rubber in circulation and only a limited number of rubbers are safe for a tumble dryer.

Our commercial floor mats are safe to be dried at the highest temperatures (165f) but we prefer that they are dried on a medium temperature to prolong the life of the carpet and the rubber.

Make sure not to over-dry these items.

Floor mats do not need to be dried to 0% moisture content. It is safe to pull them from the dryer before they reach absolute dryness.

5. Fleecy Blankets

Always dry on the lowest temperature.

Fleece type blankets scorch easily and dry fast so make sure to monitor them closely.

It is important to stop the dryer every so often to turn the blanket inside out once it has began to ball up.

6. Synthetic and Down Comforters

A comforter contains filling either of synthetic insulating fibers or natural feathers.

It is for this reason that comforters take additional time to dry.

It is safe to dry comforters at a medium temperature.

Don’t be surprised if it takes hours for a comforter to completely dry so plan out your shift accordingly!

7. Pillows

Pillows are dried at the hottest temperature.

The sponge-like filling in pillows makes it a very stubborn article to dry.

Simply touching the outside of a pillow hot from the dryer will not give you an accurate sense of weather it has dried.

In order to test if the pillow is dry you must remove it from the dryer and allow it to sit and cool off for 10 minutes.

Once cooled off grab the pillow and squeeze firmly. If you sense any moisture the pillow must either go back into the dryer or air dry over night if you are at the end of the work day.

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