Tips to Keep Your Front-Loading Washer in Good Condition
While manufacturers have redesigned the newest front-loading washers to make mold, mildew, and odors less likely, these problems can still occur if you do not take proper care of your washer. You do not need a lot of time and effort to maintain your washer, and this can help the washer last a lot longer before needing repairs or a complete replacement.
Don't Leave Wet Laundry Sitting in the Washer
While many of us get busy and forget about the laundry, keeping wet or damp clothes in the washer can encourage mold and mildew. Besides, your clothes often start to smell and may even need to be washed again if you do not switch them to the drier promptly after they are done washing.
Leave the Door Open When Not in Use
Another tip for keeping a front-loading washer in good condition is to leave the door open when you do not use the machine. Exposing the rubber seal that fastens the door to air allows the rubber to dry, making mold, mildew, and unpleasant odors less likely. People with small children may need to lock the laundry room door for safety reasons.
Wipe Down the Washer Regularly
Take a slightly damp cloth or paper towel and wipe down the inside of the washer, the rubber seal around the door, and the outside of the machine often with a mild cleanser. This will help get rid of any deposits that could cause unpleasant odors, promote the growth of mildew, or end up redepositing on your clothing.
Do a Deep Clean From Time to Time
Sometimes you need to deep clean your washer. Many of the newer machines have cleaning cycles, but if yours does not, set it on the hottest and longest cycle for the largest load. Try running your washer first with a cup of bleach, then with 2 cups of vinegar, and then just with hot water. Some people use 1/2 cup of baking soda instead of bleach.
Do Not Forget the Detergent Dispenser
Mold, mildew, or other gunk can also build up in the detergent dispenser. Make sure to wipe this dispenser down regularly, and wash any removable parts in warm soapy water. As with the door of the washer, leave the dispenser open to dry in between loads. Whatever is in the dispenser could end up in your laundry.
Pay Attention to Load Sizes
While filling a washer to the brim might be tempting, people do not recommend this. A full washer does not leave much room for the washing action of the machine, making clean clothes less likely. Overloading can also make the load heavy and unbalanced, potentially causing damage to the motor of the machine. Fill it no more than 3/4 full.
Don't Use More Detergent Than Recommended
Using too much detergent makes your clothes less clean because of detergent residue, which can also deposit on the machine and affect the cleanliness of the next load. Detergent residue actually attracts dirt to clothing and causes fading.
Reconsider Washing Particularly Bulky and Large Items
You may not want to make a trip to the laundromat to wash your king size comforter, but washing an item like this at home is not always a good idea. The laundromat has extra-large machines meant to handle large loads. Overly big and bulky items may cause the load in your washer to become unbalanced and damage the machine.
If, despite your best efforts, your washer does not work properly, you may need to repair or replace it. Call Appliance Repair Solutions today to find out more about your options.