Hints and Tips
HINTS AND TIPS
To prolong the use of the Dryline we have over the years worked out some really useful tips, and we thought we should share them with you.Our experience of clients’ problems gives an insight into possible improvements that can be made to the Dryline. As it is intended to fit all airers despite the many design differences there are certain things that will improve the life of your Dryline.
Anything left in the open air will deteriorate over time. Used carefully the Dryline will last for 3-6 years. Store the Dryline inside the Drystore storage cover whenever possible to minimise wear and tear.
It is useful to buy a roll of Gaffer (or Duck) tape – the textile kind – and stick it on the inside of the Dryline to mend any tears, to seal pinholes or weak spots which may occur later in its life.
The parts which wear first are the places where the Dryline touches the washing line; the centre and the corners. Use the tape to reinforce the points where the airer touches the cover – the centre and the corners. We have used 2 or 3 layers to good effect and it definitely gives a new lease of life to an ageing Dryline, and protects the wearing points of a new one.
Many airers have sharp edges on the arm ends, which are best protected with soft cloth, half a ping pong or squash ball, bubble wrap or anything similar. One customer recommended the measuring caps from washing liquid containers, which are well shaped for the purpose.
If you find the airer awkward to load with the Dryline fitted, consider buying a Rotalift extension pole for your airer.
Where the airer frame comes into contact with the Dryline is the natural wear point. Although we built in reinforcement at the corners and at the centre the action on these points can be severe, particularly when there is wind.
General tips on "hanging out"
Load the airer evenly,working around the different sides from the centre outwards. If possible place the longer items toward the centre, and in the case of sheets etc. try to place them a line or two in from the mesh skirt to minimise any rain that has penetrated the mesh.
Leave your peg bags hanging on the lines. The Dryline not only protects your laundry, but also keeps the lines dry and clean, and protects the airer and any items left hanging. It is SO convenient to have all your pegs permanently in place where you can get them.
If your working day makes it difficult to hang outside, try leaving the clothes out in the evening so that they get the full benefit of 24 hours of exposure before you have to bring them in
In winter or very damp weather the Dryline will only dry the clothes as much as relative humidity will allow, though still dispersing most of the water. However, you can leave the laundry out, even for several days, until a suitable window appears to bring it in when the atmosphere is at its driest. This is often in the late afternoon before night draws in.
We have found that customers will increase their outdoor hanging season from 2-3 months to 9-10 months so make use of the extra usage available from your existing equipment. People are usually surprised how effective the drying is in winter or rainy weather - and we get a lot of that in this country.