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Getting your clothes clean wasn’t always easy. Try beating your clothes against a rock or using a metal board to get out stains sounds more like weapons of laundry destruction. Washer and dryers have helped make the household chore of laundry quicker as well. So, be good to your washer and dryer, and they will be good to you.
It is important that your washing machine is leveled. Keeping it leveled will prevent any abnormal vibrations from the unit and keep it from rocking back and forth. It is best that you keep the machine as close to the floor as possible to avoid this. Use a leveling tool to help you determine how to positon your machine. The same rule applies to dryers as well.
Inspect the hoses connected to your washing machine often and look for any signs it could be wearing out. If you see any cracks or bending, replace the hose immediately. Any damage that is neglected can cause a major burst or leak and extreme flood damage in your home. Stainless steel hoses are most durable and manufacturers recommend that you replace the hoses every few years.
The biggest mistake people make when doing laundry is adding too many clothes into one load. Do not overload the machine. Washing machines are set for certain load sizes meaning the amount of water used during the cycle is also unique. Oversized loads will lessen the chances of your clothes coming out clean, most likely causing you to use more water to re-wash the load.
Prevent flood damage in your home by using an “overflow pan” for smaller leaks that may come from your washing machine. It is placed underneath the unit and fits to accommodate any line that is attached. A more effective flood protection method is installing a “water shutoff system.” This system will detect an issue with the water flow in the machine and automatically shutoff, saving your home from any water damage.
Despite how dirty your clothes are, use the appropriate amount of detergent each time you wash a load. Again, the mechanics of the washing machine it set to the cycle or load size you choose. Using too much or too little will alter the cleanliness of the clothing and even wear out your fabrics.
Clean the interior and exterior at least once a month. Detergent can build up inside the drum as well as the dispenser. Use a household cleaner to rid of any odor causing residue and wipe clean with a rag or sponge. Remember to keep the outside clean as well. Wipe clean or polish.
The dryer has made the process of laundry even more simplified by shortening the dry time of our clothes. Dryers are powerful creatures and it is very important to clean these units to avoid fire hazards.
Lint build-up occurs in every cycle. Yes, each one. Be sure to remove any lint from the filter after each use. Go the extra mile at least every few months to clean the chute which leads to the filter (you can use a vacuum attachment or brush to remove any lint).
Clearing the dryer venting tube from inside out should take place at least once year. You may hire a professional or do it yourself by purchasing a long length cleaning brush (20 feet might work best). It will easily remove any lint buildup from the back of your unit to the outside of your home. Also be sure to check the dryer’s vent cap for proper air flow.
Just because you remove the lint from the filter after each use, it is even more common for lint to build up within the dryer as well. Clean the dyers interior at least once a year by disassembling the dryer and using a vacuum attachment to suction out the lint and say hello to your lost socks, as this is where they end up.
Follow these tips to keep your mighty machines in good shape for loads to come.