Washing machine settings

How Long Does a Delicate Wash Cycle Normally Take?

A delicate wash cycle works by combining a low agitation wash with a low spin cycle, which provides the laundry with a gentle wash.

Depending upon the washing machine and the size/weight of the load, a delicate wash cycle will generally take from 45 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes.

Delicate cycles at 30 degrees Celsius are usually quicker than cycles at 40 Celsius. Wool and silk cycles are especially short – sometimes just 40 minutes.

The cycle length will also vary depending on the load size (bigger loads will take longer), though if you’re washing delicate clothes you shouldn’t wash more than about 2.5 kg of clothes at once.

Always remember that some delicate garments aren’t suitable for a washing machine cycle, so must be either hand washed, or taken to the dry cleaners. Remember to check the care label to make sure!

Delicates include materials such as silk, wool and lace. They are at risk of being damaged in a normal wash cycle.

Now you can stop living in fear of damaging those delicates. Enjoy!