There are three (3) common washing cycles namely: regular/normal cycle, permanent press cycle, and delicate cycle.
The regular cycle can be used for light or heavily soiled clothing. These items must be made of sturdy fabrics which include cotton and linen. Among the laundry items that can be washed using the regular cycle are towels, bed sheets, blankets and jeans. The regular or normal cycle can be set from eight (8) to fifteen (15) minutes.
The permanent press cycle, on the other hand, may be used for light or moderately dirty laundry loads consisting of items made of synthetic fabrics such as polyesters, rayon and acetates as well as items labeled as permanent press or wrinkle resistant. Laundry items that can be washed using the permanent press cycle includes shirts, jackets, baby clothing and blouses. This cycle typically runs from six (6) to ten (10) minutes.
As for the delicate cycle, this washing cycle must be used for items that require extra care during washing since this type of cycle uses less agitation thus reducing wear and tear on clothes and other garments. Clothing or apparel may be moderately or lightly soiled. The following items must be washed using the delicate washing cycle: lingerie, sequined clothing, hosiery, sweaters and items made of silk.