Most washing machines have a ton of settings, but if you’re like most people, you use the same settings and cycles over and over again with no real thought as to why. You just pick one, and go. But those washer cycles do have different functions, and if you’re not using them, you’re not getting all the value out of your machine.

Omega Force Services is the best appliance repair company in the Twin Cities. We repair all of your major appliances (and your small ones if need be), from your refrigerator to your washer and dryer. When an appliance decides to stop working, there is a reason why, and our job as appliance repair technician superheroes is to find out why and then fix it promptly so you can get back to your normal routine. Because let’s face it, we’re all spoiled in the 21st century, and going without a washer or a dishwasher when you have a bunch of kids can be downright petrifying. Below, we’ll help you in this brief guide by explaining the standard washer settings on your washer machine, and give us a call if it starts acting up. We can help!


  • Quick Wash. Like the name implies, quick wash is for when you need a minimal number of items washed quickly. This is usually reserved for a special occasion, like when you’re heading out on a date or you forgot to wash your daughter’s clothes she needs the next day. In a quick wash, the clothes will spin faster and dry quicker.
  • Pre-Wash. Pre-wash should be reserved for your dirtiest laundry like when your kids play in mud puddles. This is a cycle before your wash cycle that soaks your clothes in extra laundry detergent before washing. Omega Force Services recommends that you take your normal amount of laundry detergent and split it between the two laundry dispensers that are marked as such.
  • Permanent Press. If you are looking for no wrinkles in your dress clothes, then this is the wash cycle for you. Permanent press helps to minimize wrinkles in dress shirts, pants, and dresses once they emerge from the dryer. Permanent press uses hot or warm water to relax the creases and a slow spin that helps to ensure creases don’t form in the first place.
  • Heavy Duty. Heavy duty wash cycle works well for work clothes that are often full of oil, dirt, grease, and mud. It has a long, hot water wash cycle and a fast spin in order to remove all of the dirt.

  • Delicates. The delicate cycle is best utilized for items that are thin and make out of delicate materials, such as silk or lace. It uses cold water so nothing shrinks and has a very slow spin. Sweaters and lingerie fall into the delicate category as well.
  • Hand Wash. Your hand wash cycle is very similar to the delicate cycle, but it intermixes cycles of gentle tumbling and soaking in cold water. Omega Force Services recommends that you reserve this cycle for items marked “hand-wash only.”
  • Extra Rinse. This washer cycle adds an extra rinse cycle at the end of your normal washer cycle. This is to make sure all of the dust, dirt, food, and other debris is thoroughly washed out. If any member of your family is sensitive to detergents or if anyone has allergies, this cycle is great to ensure all of the allergens are removed and all of the detergent as well.
  • Rinse and Spin. The rinse and spin cycle skips the washing cycle completely and heads right to the rinse cycle. Omega Force Services recommends this cycle for items that don’t need detergent, for example, your swimsuit or beach towels.

So there you have it. A quick guide to unlocking the mystery of your washer settings. Washer settings are meant to make your life easier and to maximize the efficiency of your washer machine and to ultimately prolong its shelf life. When you need your washer to work hard, you tell it to do so. If it can take a break and give a light rinse, you tell that too. This is opposed to older model machines that washed everything with the same intensity, no matter its condition or material. Furthermore, with the preponderance of synthetic clothing materials, you don’t need to make your machine work as hard. This way, by utilizing your washer settings, both your clothes and your washer will last longer.


Omega Force Services specializes in customer service. Our goal is to leave your home better than when we arrived. If you are in the Twin Cities area experiencing problems with your washer or dryer and need washer and dryer repair, call Omega Force Services today!