Ultimate guide to washing every type of fabric - Speede Laundromat - Durack - Toowoomba

Your ultimate guide to washing every type of fabric

When it comes to laundry day, one size does not fit all. Each fabric type requires special TLC and cleaning methods to keep them looking sharp. Read on for the Speed-e Laundromat guide to washing (and drying) every type of fabric!

* The following information is a guide only. ALWAYS read the care label on your garment before washing and drying. Speede Laundromat takes no responsibility for damage or alterations to garments due to incorrect handling. 


Cotton is a tough cookie when it comes to fabrics. It can handle high temperatures, so don’t be afraid to give it a warm or hot wash with a good quality detergent.

Remember, don’t overdo it on the detergent, as using more than the recommended amount of can actually damage your clothes over time and leave excess residue both on your clothes and in the machine. What’s more, your clothes won’t even be properly cleaned.

Finish off your cotton clothing with a tumble dry on medium heat or line-dry in the sun.

Speede Laundromat in Durack (Inala) and Kearneys Spring (Toowoomba) have easy, card-only payment dryers for all your cotton drying needs.


Silk is like that one friend who needs a lot of attention and special treatment. Be Silk is like that one friend who needs a lot of attention and special treatment. Be gentle and use cold water and a mild detergent when washing silk garments. Avoid hot water, as this can cause some serious damage. When it comes to drying, don’t twist or wring silk clothes as it will ruin the fibres. Instead, lay silk fabrics flat on a clean towel, roll up to remove excess water, and then hang on a padded hanger. Alternatively, lay flat to air dry.


Wool is like a delicate flower that needs to be handled with care. Use cold water and a detergent specifically designed for wool when washing wool garments. Hot water can make wool shrink, so it’s best to avoid it unless you’re after a new woollen crop top.  

When it’s time to dry, lay your wool flat on a clean towel and shape it as necessary. Whatever you do, don’t hang wool clothes as they’ll stretch out the fibres and ruin your perfect fit.


Denim is the tough guy of fabrics, made to withstand wear and tear. But don’t be fooled, denim still requires a tender touch. Due to its high cotton content, denim is more likely to shrink in high heat. So, wash denim (preferably turned inside out) with cold water and a gentle detergent. Tumble dry on low heat or hang it out to dry.


Polyester is the tough and resilient fabric that refuses to let you down. It’s durable, wrinkle-resistant, and easy to wash. Just use warm water and a quality detergent, and avoid using high heat as it can damage the fibres. Tumble dry on low heat or line-dry in direct sunlight.


Linen is like that breezy friend who’s always at the beach. It’s lightweight, breathable, and perfect for warm weather. Use cold water and a gentle detergent to wash linen. Tumble dry on low heat or hang to air-dry.

By following these tips, you can keep your clothes looking fresh and stylish for years to come. Always check the care label on your clothes for specific instructions. When in doubt, take it easy and wash on a gentle cycle. With proper care, your clothes will look great and last.

Speed-e Laundromat is a 24-hour laundromat (laundrette), open every day including public holidays.  With daily cleaning and cashless payment for your convenience, Speed-e is a self-service laundromat enjoyed by all. Find a Speed-e Laundromat near you!

Visit us at Inala, Kearneys Spring (Toowoomba), or Newtown (Toowoomba)! Our Toowoomba locations are only a short drive from Westridge Shopping Centre.