Washing Machine maintenance – dos and don’ts

In today’s times the role of a washing machine has evolved from being a luxury to an absolute necessity. It’s now an integral part of our lives and helps us get so much done in so little time. Any breakdown to the machine disrupts our life by throwing the budget and routine off balance. So what should we do to ensure the washing machine stays with us for a long time without any faults? Focus on the following Dos and Don’ts.

  • Always run it at optimum conditions. Ensure the water supply is accurate and the load is correct. Discrepancies in both may lead to extra load on the machine hardware and spares causing it to malfunction.
  • Clear the pockets before running clothes into wash. The remains of the pocket, especially if metallic in nature, may cause some serious damage to the drums leading to a failure.
  • Do check the washing directions before tossing your garments in the washing machine. This will help you set the appropriate cycle and water temperature.
  • To keep the nasty smell from lingering all around the machine, do leave the washing machine door open after use.
  • Don’t leave washed clothes in the machine for a long time. Not only will it lead to an unpleasant smell, it will make for the perfect setting for germs and bacteria to launch an attack.
  • Do pre-treat tough stains before the final wash. Remember that the machine will treat all clothes equally and hence tough stains may not get removed completely. Also, it’s foolish to think that if you run a wash cycle with just the stained cloth it will wash better.
  • Do clean the filter regularly. The filter check indicator will go off when it crosses the limit. However, a good practice is to clean the filter once every month irrespective of the alarm going off or not.
  • Do not ever try to remove the drum on your own and look for faults. It’s always advised to ask for a professional hand.
  • Do give it a regular service wash. Manufacturers world over recommend giving the machine a service wash. Use distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Run the machine on its hottest temperature plus an extra rinse.
  • More is not necessarily good when it comes to usage of detergent, bleach and softener. Machines these days are high efficiency and use less water than before. Therefore, the detergent and other ingredients too should be balanced.

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