Sort laundry By fabric: Separate delicate fabrics that require a gentle cycle from heavier items. By colour: Separate whites from colours, and pastels from dark colours By soil level: Soil can travel from one garment to another so wash heavily soiled garments separately Lint: Check pockets and remove tissues before washing. Wash heavy lint shedders, especially blankets, chenille bedspreads, rugs and wollens separately, and clean out the lint filter in your washing machine regularly. Pre-treat obvious stains Most stains can be removed completely, provided that they are handled promptly and properly. Follow these general tips: Act fast and rinse stains in cold water before they have a chance to set. Check the fabric before removing any stain. Silks, wools and many permanent press fabrics require special care,while stains on cotton, linen and washable fabrics are more easily removed. Do not rub stains as rubbing may push the stain further into the fabric. Avoid hot water on an unknown stain - hot water sets many stains. Avoid the use of any chlorine bleach unless the garment tag says it may be used. Fabrics react differently to different stains and stain removal treatments, so it is important to identify the stain to treat it properly. Choose the right water temperature The care label on your clothes recommends which water temperature to use. Cold (20°C) Ideal for fabrics that might shrink or fade in warm water and recommended for typical wash-and-wear items. Cold Power 2x Ultra Concentrate liquid and powder is specially formulated for cold water washing. Warm (35°C) Recommended for permanent press items including light to medium colours. For excellent results first time, every time use Dynamo 2x Ultra Concentrate liquid. Hot (55°C) Provides maximum cleaning for items that can stand hot water without losing colour or shrinking; especially baby clothes and nappies, heavily soiled work or sport outfits. Hot water is excellent for whites, sheets, towels and other household items.For excellent results first time, use Dynamo 2x Ultra Concentrate liquid. For dark and black colours use cool water. Use Dynamo 2x Ultra Concentrate liquid to help maintain darks and colours, and keep clothes looking newer longer. Adding laundry detergent For top loading machines,we recommend that the detergent is properly dissolved before adding clothes to the wash. The easiest way to do this is to fill the washing machine approx half way with water, add the detergent, then keep filling the machine. Once full, stop the load and add items, then commence the wash. For front loading machines, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions on where and how to load the washing detergent. Using Fabric Conditioner Looking after your clothes in the wash is as simple as adding Cuddly Ultra to the final rinse cycle of each wash, or if you have a fabric softener dispenser fitted to your washing machine simply add Cuddly Ultra. If a dispenser is not fitted simply add to the final rinse cycle of each wash. Cuddly Ultra can also provide the finishing touch to your hand washing.Simply wash garments as usual, then add Cuddly Ultra to the final rinse water. Keeping whites nice and bright Use the recommended amount of a premium detergent such as Cold Power 2x Ultra Concentrate or Dynamo 2x Ultra Concentrate. Separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled items. Use warm or hot water if suitable for the fabric. Ensure clothes can circulate freely through the water. Dry clothes in the sun. To revitalise whites, soak in Sard Oxy-Plus Soaker prior to washing. Keeping colours and dark clothes vibrant Use the recommended amount of a premium detergent such as Cold Power 2x Ultra Concentrate or Dynamo 2x Ultra Concentrate. Turn black clothes inside out before washing. Separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled items. Wash in cold water. Ensure that clothes can circulate freely through the water. Turn inside out when hanging up and do not dry clothes in full sunlight. To revitalise colours, soak in Sard Oxy-Plus Soaker prior to washing. Avoiding detergent residue Detergent residue is often the result of detergent not being properly dissolved before the wash. In other cases, placing washing on the surface of a full machine before adding detergent can cause air pockets to form under the washload. The undissolved detergent that remains in the air pockets is not dispersed by water agitating in the wash load. Undissolved detergent is then distributed through the wash load. Lumps of powdered detergent are more difficult to dissolve. To prevent lumpiness, store your powdered detergents in a dry area to avoid moisture pick-up. Add detergent to the wash water and run your machine for a few minutes before immersing the article to be washed. This will help ensure the detergent powder is properly dissolved. An alternative is to pre-mix the detergent with water or use Dynamo 2x Ultra Concentrate liquid or Cold Power 2x Ultra Concentrate liquid. Washing with a front loader or High Efficiency top loader Use a detergent specially formulated for front loaders and High Efficiency top loaders as this will not over foam and damage your washing machine and will help ensure your clothes are brilliantly clean. How to minimise shrinking Use cold or warm water. Make sure cottons and knits are back in their original shape, then lay flat on towels to dry. Many knits and woven fabrics can shrink when washed.Allow for this when buying. Also check the quality of the item. Successful soaking It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for correct dosage and procedures to obtain the best results. Here are a few hints for successful soaking: Dissolve the powder completely before adding clothes. This will avoid a blotchy finish Always follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions for delicate fabrics and colours. Separate colours and whites before soaking. Test for colour fastness as some colours will run if left to soak for a while, even in plain water. Take particular care here with polyester viscose, woollens and silk. Do not use chlorine bleach with Sard Oxy-Plus Soaker. To avoid possible discolouration of the garments, do not soak leather, metal buttons or zippers for more than one hour. Never soak part of a garment of fabric. Always soak the entire item for an even result. Do not soak if the item is colour fast, multi-coloured, or features embroidery or transfers. Sour odours A sour odour can arise when clothing is left wet for long periods before hanging to dry. Usually this occurs when clothes are left in the washing machine or out in the rain. In general you only need to soak items overnight; any longer can result in a sour odour. If this occurs, re-wash the article then dry. If you have left washed articles in the machine for a long period of time, re-rinse them before hanging. Extra tips for your clothes Drying Drying in the sun gives a fresh outdoor feeling, but always turn clothes inside out to minimise fading. If line drying is not possible then use a dryer. The dryer should be on cool or warm unless drying heavy items like towels, as the hot cycle sets can crease and shrink some clothes. Tumble drying on cool or warm may make ironing easier. Some items such as wollens lose their shape if hung on the line and will shrink if put in the dryer. For these items it is best to lay them flat on a towel out of direct sunlight. Ironing Before ironing it is important to check the care instructions on the garment to achieve the best results and avoid damaging the fabric. Using a fabric conditioner such as Cuddly Ultra in your wash will reduce the static cling of fabrics, making them much easier to iron. Tumble drying on cool or warm may also make ironing easier, but again, check the garment’s care instructions.