It’s important to maintain your washing machine properly as it is an appliance that supports your household greatly, by dealing with your laundry needs. Regular cleaning and maintenance will ensure that you can continue with your day-to-day life without the worry of expensive repairs caused by a leaking machine.
Basic Cleaning of your Washing Machine
The 3 main areas of your washing machine that need regular cleaning are the detergent drawer, the drum and the filter (or lint trap). If your machine is starting to smell somewhat foul, there’s a good chance it’s because these parts have been neglected.
You can clean the detergent drawer by wiping it thoroughly, or releasing it and giving it a good rinse. An old, clean toothbrush is also a great tool for this job.
Cleaning the drum is a simple process! You just need to run a warm, empty wash on the machine, with some usual washing detergent, this should be done every couple of months. Leaving the machine door open between loads will help prevent musty odours from building up. Give the rubber seal a wipe down after each use. You should also remove, clean and rinse the filter regularly.
Always consult your washing machine’s manufacturer instructions for how to clean your machine. Some may discourage the use of certain products or cleansers, and using them may invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty.
Detergent & Fabric Conditioner
Using the correct amount of detergent and fabric conditioner is vital to ensuring your machine can rinse and drain properly. Soap scum can build-up and if ignored, over time, it will prevent the machine from being able to function as it should.
Be sure to only add fabric conditioner to the correct dispenser in the machine drawer. This is because it should only be added to the clothes during the final rinse. If the fabric conditioner is introduced to the wash too early, it will mix with the washing detergent and form a residue that will not break down with water. Instead, it will and hang around in the machine and begin to smell bad. Regular drum cleaning as described above will help to prevent this from happening.
Correct Loading of your Machine
Loading your washing machine correctly is maintenance task that you will need to carry out daily. This simple action is the most important thing you can do to make sure that both your washing machine and your laundry are kept in great condition.
It’s tempting to overstuff your machine in order to get your laundry done quicker! Always only loosely fill your machine with clothes and wash bulky items, such as bedsheets, in small loads. This allows the water and detergent to circulate well, ensuring that your laundry is done properly. By overstuffing your machine, in the end, you are only wasting energy, detergent and time.
Basic Maintenance of your Washing Machine
Regular basic maintenance of your washing machine will help to stop the appliance from breaking down. This leads to leaks and water damage in the home. Nobody wants to have to call out a plumbing engineer for costly repairs. The addition of a drip-pan underneath your machine will help to stop damage caused by leaks. This is of particular importance if your machine is kept on any floor other than ground level.
You should regularly check your machine’s water hoses. When bulging or cracking occurs, leaks can happen. Replacing the hose every 3-5 years will help with basic maintenance. Ensure that the machine is installed a few inches away from the back wall, you want to prevent the hose from kinking.
Try to ensure that the machine is always kept level. If the machine is slightly off-balance then it can start to “walk” across the floor when the spin cycle begins! That can damage both the machine and your floor! Regularly check the balance and adjust the machine legs accordingly by turning them.
Always Consult the Manufacturer’s Instructions
You should always consult your washing machine manufacturer instructions for advice if you are unsure about any aspect of cleaning or maintaining your machine. When your machine is clean and well maintained, your laundry will be perfect every time.