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Cycles and Options - Top Load Washer

  • Operation

Items in the washer can be washed more thoroughly by selecting the wash cycle that best suits the type of items to be washed. Each cycle has default settings for spin speed, soil level, and wash temp. Once a cycle has been selected, default settings and cycle options may be adjusted to better meet your laundry needs. For cycle details, please select a cycle from the below list.

Not all of the cycles listed below are available on all models of LG washer. Not all cycle modifications and options can be used for all cycles. Check the owner's manual cycle guide for complete details specific to your washer.

Cycle times outlined below are approximate. Actual cycle time may vary based on load size.

  • The ALLERGIENE™ cycle uses the intense heat of steam to remove over 95% of common household allergens, like dust mites and pet dander. Use this cycle to wash cloths that accumulate dust–like pillow covers, and bed sheets–or with items that deserve special care–like baby clothes and undergarments.


    ALLERGIENE cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Heavy
    Normal
    Light

    Steam

     

  • The COTTON/NORMAL cycle is the most frequently used washing cycle for clothing such as jeans, towels, shirts, sheets, and mixed loads. Use this cycle to wash all normal items, except delicate fabrics such as wool or silk.


    Cotton/Normal cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Stain Care
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    43 Minutes

  • The SANITARY cycle uses extreme temperature changes–extra hot during the wash, cold during the rinse–to clean the dirtiest clothing items in the house. This wash cycle reduces 99.9% bacteria on laundry through the high temperatures.


    SANITARY cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Heavy
    Normal
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Fabric Softener

    176 Minutes

  • This cycle is designed especially to wash and maintain bright white fabrics.


    Bright Whites cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Medium
    High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low

    Default: Heavy
    Light
    Normal

    Extra Rinse
    Fabric Softener

    92 Minutes

  • Use the SPEEDWASH cycle to quickly wash lightly soiled clothing and small loads. For high wash and rinse efficiency, it is recommended to wash small loads of 2-3 lightly soiled garments.


    SpeedWash cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default:Light
    Normal
    Heavy

    Extra Rinse
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    35 Minutes

  • Sometimes called "Hand Wash", this cycle is used for any items labeled as "hand washable". It can also be sued for wool clothing that is labeled "machine washable".


    Wool cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Low
    Medium
    No Spin

    Default:Light
    Normal
    Heavy

    Extra Rinse
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    36 Minutes

  • The delicates cycle works best for dress Shirts/blouses, nylons, sheer or lacy garments (less than 8 lbs.)


    Wool cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default:Low
    Medium
    No Spin

    Default: Light
    Normal
    Heavy

    Extra Rinse
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    44 Minutes

  • Performing regular maintenance on your washing machine prevents mold and mildew around the rubber door gasket. Cleaning the dirt accumulated after multiple washing cycles keeps the washer smelling fresh. Running the TUB CLEAN cycle once per month will remove mildew, eliminate moisture, and prevent mold. Refer to LG Front Load Washer Maintenance for more information.

  • The PERMANENT PRESS cycle can be used for dress clothing, poly/cotton blends, wrinkle free clothing, and table cloths.


    PERMANENT PRESS cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Low
    Medium
    High
    No Spin

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    46 Minutes

  • The HEAVY DUTY cycle can be used for heavily soiled cotton fabrics.


    Heavy Duty cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default:High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Heavy
    Normal
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Stain Care
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    56 Minutes

  • The BABY WEAR cycle can be used for lightly soiled baby wear.


    Baby Wear cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    53 Minutes

  • The TOWELS cycle can be used for towels and cotton garments.


    Towels cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Stain Care
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    56 Minutes

  • The BULKY/BEDDING cycle can be used for large items such as blankets and comforters.


    Bulky/Large cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Medium
    High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Cold Wash
    Fabric Softener

    47 Minutes

  • The Waterproof is best used for waterproof items - i.e. Water resistant clothing, mattress covers, outdoor clothes, plastic mats etc. (less than 14 lbs.)


    Waterproof cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Low
    No Spin

    Default: Light
    Heavy
    Normal

    No Option

     


  • Use this cycle to wash a small load of laundry (Less than 3 lbs.)

  • This cycle quickly washes a single item.

  • This cycle helps to keep colors from fading.

  • This cycle uses a delicate wave wash to prevent the onset of wrinkles.

  • This cycle uses cold water to deliver a quick wash for small, lightly soiled loads.

  • This cycle helps remove sweat stains from active wear.

  • This cycle helps remove chlorine or salt from swimwear.

  • This cycle is designed to wash lightly soiled curtains.

  • This cycle is designed to prevent the fading of jeans.

  • Gets out stains in sleeve hems and collars with hot water. Due to the higher temperatures and powerful motions used, this cycle is not recommended for wool, silk, or any other delicate or temperature-sensitive dress shirts.

  • This cycle optimizes collar stain removal by using increasingly hot water temperatures.

  • This cycle is designed to wash pillow covers.

  • TThis cycle delicately washes intimates and adds an additional rinse for thorough cleaning.

  • This cycle is designed for lightly soiled baby blankets or clothing.

  • This cycle uses extra hot water and steam to thoroughly sanitize cotton baby diapers.

  • This cycle is intended for heavily soiled kids' clothes.

  • This cycle removes various stains from heavily soiled clothes with hot water and powerful wash motions.

  • This cycle soaks and then cleans food stained baby clothes using powerful wash motions.

  • This cycle aggressively spins clothes and adds additional rinses to help remove pet hair and odors. (Not for bulky items like pet beds.)

  • This cycle is designed to consume less energy while maintaining washing performance.

  • This cycle washes cuffs with increasingly hot water for effective stain removal.

  • Washes lightly stained cocktail dresses with care.

  • Optimizes wash settings accordingly for half sized wash loads.

  • Optimizes wash settings accordingly for full sized wash loads.

  • Washing laundry with Pre Wash+ Normal that pretreats immediate stain without hand-wash. This cycle adds a pre-wash to the Normal cycle to immediately pretreat stains without hand-washing. i.e. Necessary for clothes which could be smelled badly without prompt laundry.

  • This cycle is used for washing waterproof material. i.e. Water resistant clothing, mattress covers, outdoor clothes, plastic mats etc.

  • This cycle is for washing white items only.


  • Use this function to add garments or remove foreign objects like coins or keys after the cycle has started.

  • Use this option to disable the controls. This feature can prevent children from changing cycles or operating the machine. The feature does not lock the lid/door. Once the Child Lock is set, it must be deactivated before any controls, except the Power button, can be used.

  • This option saves energy by using cooler water while increasing the wash and rinse times to maintain wash performance.

  • Custom program allows you to store customized wash cycle for future use.

  • Once you have selected the cycle and other settings, press this button to delay the start of the wash cycle. Each press of the button increases the delay time by 1 hour, for up to 19 hours.

  • This option provides 30-minutes presoak prior to the start of the selected cycle. Use the SOAK option to presoak garments to help remove difficult spots or stains on fabrics. At the end of the presoak time, the selected cycle will begin with the same water used for the soak.

  • This option will add an extra rinse to the selected cycle. Use this option to help ensure the removal of detergent or bleach residue from fabrics. Liquid fabric softener, if used, is always dispensed in the final rinse. Pressing the Extra Rinse button twice will add two additional rinses to the cycle.

  • The fabric softener is dispensed in the final rinse. Select the Fabric Softener button if you are using fabric softener.

  • Pre-wash for 15 minutes when clothes are covered in dirt or dust. This feature is suitable for heavily soiled items.

  • Use this option for heavily soiled loads that need improved stain treatment. When Stain Care is se¬lected, the wash cycle will begin with warm water to help prevent the setting of certain types of stains. Then, as the cycle progresses, hot water will be add¬ed to gradually increase the water temperature to help remove stains that require treatment at higher temperatures.

  • Adding the Steam option to a wash cycle helps provide superior cleaning performance. By using hot steam, the fabrics will get the cleaning benefits of a very hot wash.

  • Adding the Turbo Wash™ option reduces the cycle time while still providing similar wash performance to the same cycle without Turbo Wash™.

  • Use this option if you wish to add more water to your wash load. This option is especially useful for large or bulky loads.

  • Wi-Fi connect will allow you to start the connection process in order to connect your unit to your home network. Remote Start will allow you to use a smart phone to control the appliance remotely or check to see how much time is left in the cycle.

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