You may think that your washing machine is cleaned every time you wash a cycle but it does actually require some groundwork to keep it in working order. You can usually tell the condition of your washing machine from its smell, if it is generating a bad odour then it is time to give it a good clean. Keeping up with monthly maintenance will help stop that horrible odour reoccurring.
These tasks should be carried out monthly in order to keep up cleaning standards and washing machine maintenance.
- Remove the detergent drawer from the appliance and wipe down with a cloth. The longer the tray has been left without a clean the more attention it will need. A handy toothbrush will help remove hard to reach dirt and mould build-ups.
Washing machine door:
- When cleaning your washing machine door you will need to pay attention to the glass area as well as the door seal. Wipe the glass over with a damp cloth, concentrate on areas near the door seal. Use a little bleach and warm water to clean the door seal and remove any lime scale or debris.
Test your door seal:
- Keep an eye out for leaks around the door area of your washing machine. Cleaning the seals monthly will lessen the chances of a leak as lime scale and debris can allow water to escape between the glass and the door seal.
Flush and clean:
- Run the washing machine on an empty hot cycle using a washing detergent or lime scale and detergent remover to clear out any soap scum, mildew and to clear away odours.
- To keep your washing machine smelling fresh, after each cycle keep the washing machine door open.
- Remove wet clothes promptly after a cycle to avoid mould and mildew growth as this could result in bad smelling clothes and affect the functionality of your machine.
Maintenance every 6 months
These tasks will need to be carried out on a less regular basis.
- Check your manual to see where your washer lint filter is located. Once located remove and clean with hot water, there will most likely be a sticky layer of wet lint attached. Dry off any excess with a paper towel.
Inlet hose connections:
- Keep a check on the maintenance of your inlet hose and its connector, they may generate kinks or cracks overtime.
Keep up these checks and you should be left with a functional and fresh smelling washing machine.
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