Did you know- When you take shortcuts while doing laundry you can damage your clothes as well as your washer. Keeping your washing machine working optimally is not a difficult task, but you need to know what-not-to-do in order not to damage your washer.
Read our blog to find out what common laundry mistakes people are doing, that can potentially damage their washer. If you’re in need of a washer repair in Sherwood Park or surrounding areas, Paramount Appliance Repair performs same-day repairs!
Avoid overloading your washer
Washers are getting larger in size and becoming more high-tech, but even so, they can only handle so much. Cramming as much as you can into one laundry cycle is a bad habit to have, because when the washer is too full, the water and detergent is unable to circulate. In that case, your clothes aren’t getting washed, fabric becomes extra wrinkly and dirt gets trapped in the washer. Also, when the washer is using too much energy to spin all the clothing crammed in, it wears out the washer quicker.
Not washing out the dispensers
Most washers have a dispenser for fabric softener, detergent or both; it is important to wash out these dispensers. Many people forget to do this and if residue adds up over time, the dispensers will clog and there will be a foul odor. It is not necessary to wash them out after each use but try to clean them after a couple of uses. Simply remove and rinse the dispensers after the cycle and leave the drawer open to air dry.
Use the proper amount of detergent
Each detergent brand is unique, and will work optimally under slightly different circumstances. It is best to follow the instructions on your detergent box or bottle to achieve the best results. It’s fine to use a little bit more than the recommended amount for the loads that are really dirty, or if you’re washing with hard water. However, it’s not good to always use more detergent than recommended for normal loads, as it will leave your clothes feeling stiff. On the other hand, if you don’t use enough detergent, you won’t be getting the most out of your wash as there isn’t enough detergent to circulate around the entire load. Read the label!
Don’t leave your clothes in the washer!
It’s normal to forget about your clothing in the washer overnight but it may affect your washer in the long run. As excess moisture builds up, mold and mildew can start to grow in your washer which can cause your washer to have a bad odor. To avoid this, it is best to take your clothing out of the washer as soon as possible and leave the washer lid open allowing the washer to air dry.
Empty your pockets
Forgetting to empty the pockets of your clothes before throwing them in your washer can damages it over time. Your washer is designed to wash fabric and when you have small, loose pieces fall into the washer, it may cause damages such as the water drain clogging. If the washer is frequently trying to wash non-fabric materials, it may damage the insides of the washer as well.