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Washing machine cleaning advice

We rely on our washers to keep our clothes and linen in their best condition. Unfortunately, you might find that your washer does not perform quite as well as it should. In order to make sure that your washer is both effective and efficient, it’s a good idea to clean it regularly.


The seal

Your washer, no matter the type or brand, will have a seal around the door. This seal is known for gathering dirt with every wash cycle. Check the seal regularly and make sure that you check inside the grooves too. To clean this part of your washer, you can use a cloth and some bleach. You can also use an old toothbrush if any of the dirt is tough to clean. If you don’t want to use bleach, vinegar is another option.


The drum

The washer drum is one of the most important parts of all. If this part of your washer gets dirty, it can have a direct impact on the effectiveness of every wash cycle. Apply the appropriate washer cleaning detergent to the drum and allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean. If you like, you can run a rinse cycle on your washer just to be safe and make sure that none of the chemicals end up on your clothing.


The lint trap

Your washer has a lint trap and it works much like the lint trap on your dryer. It’s designed to catch various particles so that they don’t reach the various working parts of your washer. It’s important to check this lint trap regularly since an excessive build-up of lint can result in significant damage.


The detergent compartment

Every time you fill the detergent compartment, you expect the detergent to be flushed down into the drum. However, there is always a small amount left behind and it can become rather slippery and slimy after just a few uses. Remove the detergent tray and give it a good clean on a regular basis to ensure that old laundry soap does not cause your clothes to stink.


Run an empty load

Once you are done cleaning the drum, lint trap, seal, and all other parts of your washer, you should run your washer without a load. This will give your washer a good rinse and help prevent pipes from getting clogged.

Regular cleaning is important if you want to make sure that you get the most out of your washer. That said, it’s important to remember that wear and tear will occur no matter what. Working and moving parts will need to be replaced at some stage but you can also prolong the life of your washer through regular maintenance and thorough cleaning. If you notice any problems with your washer, it’s always a good idea to avoid using your washer until an expert diagnosis and repairs the problem. For same day washer repairs anywhere in Ottawa, contact Express Appliance Repair at (613) 454-5355. Our professional team is experienced and trained to perform repairs on washers of all brands and models.