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I have a neff 6544 with no machine number on any labels. I like to soak my washing for an hour, not using the prewash because that throws away the powder added to the soak.

As it is at least 10 years old I no longer have the manual. Neff do not have one in their customer support department.

My concern is the best place in the cycle of say 95/60 or 60 (on the right of the attached) to turn the power off and leave the clothes soaking for an hour. What I have discovered is that the soap is washed into the drum at the beginning of the wash, but the drum only builds up with water after the spray sympol on the dial.

I am also wondering if the soap should be fed in after the spray point, because the water appears to be drained off at the spray point.



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Hello. The spray point you mention must be the rinses symbol. It's normal for more water to be used on rinses, but adding detergent on rinses would of course prevent the laundry being rinsed properly. I'm presuming you have extremely dirty laundry to need to soak them? The washing machine should be designed to wash laundry properly without any extra actions from a user. If it isn't washing them properly there could be something wrong. Check out my article here to make sure none of the causes of washing machine not cleaning clothes properly are applicable.

If you just want to let laundry soak and have your reasons I would stop it about 20 minutes in on the hot washes. That way the wash water should be warm to hot and the detergent will have had time to soak into the laundry. Then you can start it up again after soaking and the cycle should continue.

Just make sure you are putting detergent in the correct side too. If you put it in the wrong side it will only go in on the first rinse, and laundry will not be cleaned properly.

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