Good commercial tumble dryers are built to last, but even the best tumble dryer needs regular care and maintenance to keep it clean and safe, working efficiently and avoid breakdowns. So what should you do to look after your commercial tumble dryer and extend its life?

1. Follow The User Guide

As simple as it sounds! The instruction manual has lots of important and helpful information specific to the machine and using this will help keep it in the best condition.

2. Clean The Filters

Clean out the lint filters every cycle with a soft brush to avoid a build-up of lint which blocks the machine from operating effectively and increases energy consumption.

3. Do Not Leave Laundry In The Dryer

Leaving laundry in the tumble dryer creates a fire risk as the laundry can work like a compost, heating from the inside out and combusting.

4. Wipe Down Regularly

Cleaning the machine inside and out each day will help get rid of bacteria and dirt, keep the working environment clean and reduce lint in the laundry.

5. Duct Cleaning

Have your ducting/vents cleaned, for example every 6-12 months, to ensure efficient and safe performance. This may need to be more regularly depending on the machine and the use.

6. Gas Safety

For gas tumble dryers and ironers, ensure you are safe and compliant, and only use a Gas Safe registered company with engineers specifically certified for commercial laundry equipment.

7. Do Not Stop Mid-Cycle

Do not stop the machine mid-cycle or during the cooling cycle. Most machines will run until the correct drying level has been reached. Stopping and starting a cycle will cause poor results and can also be a fire risk.

8. Overloading and Underloading

Overloading the tumble dryer results in poor performance and can damage the machine; underloading will mean you’re wasting a full programme’s worth of energy for a few items.

9. Contact JTM Service

If there are errors, report it to your support company (e.g. JTM Service) who can advise the best course of action.

10. Planned Preventative Maintenance

Regular maintenance from your specialist commercial laundry support company ensures your machine stays in the best possible condition, reducing breakdowns and saving cost.

At JTM Service we have 40 years’ experience providing support to businesses including Care Homes, Hospitals, Housing, Education, Construction and FM, Animal Care, Sports & Leisure, Hotels and Hospitality. If you have found these 10 Tips useful, we have also created a 10 Tips list for you commercial washing machine as well. Please see a link to a downloadable document for this below, and if you would like more information or support on keeping your commercial tumble dryer or commercial washing machine in the best possible condition, please get in touch at or call 0113 2572221.

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