Many call outs for appliance problems can be avoided through regular housekeeping, in particular for washing machines.
There are a few simple tips which will improve the efficiency and lifespan of your washing machine and in turn, your fabrics:
1. Before loading the machine, check pockets and turn ups for coins, hairclips, tissues and so on, as these items are the most common cause of blockages.
2. Always try to remove finished loads immediately, as damp items left in a machine provide an ideal environment for odours and mildew.
3. Clean out the drain pump filter every few weeks or whenever you notice problems with water drainage, wet clothes after the final spin, or unusual pauses during a wash cycle. Coins and other items can get caught up in there, leading to poor drainage of water. The filter's location varies by machine, but is usually located at the front and bottom.
4. In addition, try to regularly clean the rubber door seal, where mould can build up, and the soap drawer, which can easily be removed.
5. You should also run a ‘boil wash’ (highest possible temperature setting), without detergent and an empty drum, every couple of months to help clean the machine. This works best when the filter, door seal and soap drawer have been cleaned as above.
6. When not in use, always leave the door and soap drawer ajar, which allows air to circulate and prevents the build-up of mould and mildew.
7. Finally, general use of biological detergents and/or oxygen bleach will also help to kill bacteria in the machine.
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