How to Wash 10 Different Kinds of Fabrics

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Linen should either be dry cleaned or washed in cool water by itself or with a few other items, being sure to leave empty room in the washer. After washing, lay your item to dry.


Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabrics in clothing, and it’s easy to wash and dry without worrying about potential damages. The best thing to keep in mind is that white cotton should be washed in warm water, while you should wash colored cotton in cooler water. Another thing to remember is that cotton does shrink; you can prevent shrinkage by not drying items for too long.


You should only wash denim after every 5-10 wears. The best way to wash denim is handwashing inside out. However, you can still safely wash your jeans and denim items in the washing machine. Make sure to turn clothing inside out, wash in cold water, and then hand them to dry.


If you own workout clothes, they’re likely made of spandex! You can feel safe washing your spandex items every time you wear them. No need to wear sweaty workout gear! Wash spandex in cold water and let it air dry.


The best way to wash your clothes made of Viscose is by dry cleaning. However, you can also try hand washing in cool water. If you decide to hand wash, be aware of how wrinkly Viscose clothing can get. You can try smoothing these wrinkles out as you lay garments out to dry.


Polyester clothing is typically low maintenance. Most polyester clothing items can be washed on a warm wash cycle and thrown into the dryer on a low heat setting.


As a good rule of thumb, garments made of acrylic should be washed in warm water. However, you should always check the clothing tag to see what other fibers alongside acrylic are in your clothing item. Depending on the other materials, the label may say to use a different method to wash safely.


Most wool products are perfectly safe to go through the wash. Put your washing machine on the delicates or wool setting and wash with cold water. You can either air dry your garment or put it in the dryer with low heat/gentle selection to tumble dry.


The safest way to wash cashmere clothing is to place items in a lingerie bag and wash them on the wool or delicate cycle. Lay the item to dry, and avoid hanging to prevent the garment from stretching. If you have more time on your hands, you can hand wash them in cold water and lay them to dry.


Silk can either be hand washed or put in the washing machine with a delicate setting. No matter how you wash it, you’ll get your best result by letting it air dry! If you’re really worried about a specific silk garment, take it to be dry cleaned.



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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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