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How to separate clothes for wash

Not all clothes consist of the same fabric type or the same colour dyes, so it is important that you separate your clothes according to both fabric type and colour to avoid potential damage being caused to them. Below we have outlined how to sort your laundry into these two groups and why it is so important. Remember to always read the instructions on the care labels for your clothing items.

According to colour

Sorting the laundry according to colour will help to ensure that clothing items are not ruined from dye bleeding out during a wash cycle. The table below shows which colours should be washed together.


Colour

Explanation
Whites This load should contain pure white clothing only which should not contain any designs, labels or patterns.
Coloureds This load is reserved for more pastel coloured clothes such as pinks, lavenders, light blues, light greens and yellows. Also add to this load any white clothes which contain designs, labels or patterns.
Darks Clothes which are gray, navy, red, dark purple, black and other similar colours are sorted into this load.

According to laundry symbol

As well as sorting your laundry according to colour, you should also closely follow the clothing manufacturer's instructions on the label which will tell you exactly how they should be sorted and washed.


Laundry symbol

Washing method or setting

Explanation


55°C - 95°C
Cotton / coloureds Normal hard-wearing fabrics such as towels and bed linen.


30°C - 60°C
Easy-care Fabrics made of fibre blends such as shirts and trousers.


20°C - 40°C
Delicates Delicate fabrics such as high-quality lingerie and sportswear.


10°C - 30°C
Hand wash / woollens Delicate fabrics such as cashmere jumpers.


Do not wash Fabrics with this label are only to be dry cleaned.

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