Nothing impresses like a fresh, cleanly laundered shirt, but nothing is harder on your clothing than putting it through the wash. But it doesn’t have to be that way—if you launder properly. Here are some do’s and don’ts to remember on laundry day.

Laundry Do’s

DO wash clothes in cold water. Using cold water doesn’t have to mean clothes don’t get clean. Features like Bubblewash, which you’ll find in many Samsung washing machines, dissolve detergent before the cycle begins.

DO use the appropriate fabric setting. Delicate items will wear out more quickly if they’re washed using a setting designed for towels. Samsung washers feature a variety of settings for both common and uncommon garments, including an Outdoor Care system for water-repellent clothes like Gore-Tex and a Wool Care mode that helps minimise shrinking and helps maintain the distinctive appearance and feel of wool garments. Samsung washers also let you save your most commonly used settings through the My Cycle/Favourite mode.

DO use detergents with colour-safe, non-chlorine bleach. This helps keep colours bright while working on getting out tough stains. Regular chlorinated bleach is fine for whites.

DO hang up clothes immediately after drying. This helps to minimise wrinkles and the need for ironing—a step that may cause damage to fabrics by flattening fibres and exposing them to additional, often extreme, heat.

Laundry Don’ts

DON’T take a chance by trying to wash stains out of expensive or otherwise valuable garments. Leave it to your dry-cleaner. And remember, the sooner you take action, the better the odds of removing all traces.

DON’T use more detergent than necessary. Excess detergent doesn’t get clothes any cleaner and, in fact, it can cause problems. Soap can become trapped in the fabric, making items stiff and may ultimately reduce their longevity. Over time, it can gum up the machine itself, encouraging mildew growth inside. Using more detergent than you need is literally pouring money down the drain.

DON’T dry laundry for longer than necessary. Excess drying can shrink clothing and can damage the underlying fabric. The same goes for excess heat. So go easy on your clothing and linens. Many items can be dried effectively at a low and safe heat setting.

Please note: This article contains recommendations only. Please read the product’s instruction manual and contact a sales representative for further information.