The Dos And Don'ts Of Maintaining Your Front-Loading Washer

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So, you recently purchased a front-loading washer, which is a design known to be more efficient and gentle on clothes than traditional top-loading washers. Still, in order to protect your new washing machine from premature wear and to ensure your clothes are cleaned properly every time, there are a few things you need to know about taking care of a front-loading clothes washer.

DO Take Measures to Prevent Mold and Mildew

One of the potential drawbacks of having a front-loading washing machine is that they're somewhat prone to mildew and mold issues, especially in situations where wet clothes are left in the washing machine for a long period of time before they're transferred to the dryer. As such, it's important to always move washed clothes into the dryer as soon as the cycle ends. Furthermore, keeping the door to the washer slightly ajar after a spin cycle is a great way to promote air circulation, thus reducing the chances of mildew or mold problems and keeping clothes from smelling musty.

DO Clean Your Washing Machine Monthly

It may seem a bit repetitive and unnecessary to clean a washing machine, but it's actually recommended you do so monthly. Some newer and higher end front-loading washing machines these days come with a "self-cleaning" cycle, which you can activate at the touch of a button. However, even if your washing machine doesn't come with its own self-cleaning setting, you can clean it yourself by running a normal cycle with no clothes but using white vinegar instead of laundry detergent and loading the drum with baking soda to get rid of any unwanted odors in the machine.

DON'T Forget to Clean the Drain Pump Filter

Finally, realize that front-loading washing machines come with a drain pump filter (usually located behind a small door toward the front of the machine) that needs to be cleaned out every few weeks, though how often you need to clean it will depend on how often you wash clothes. Specifically, you'll want to don a pair of gloves and pull out any hair, lint, bits of fabric from clothing, or anything else that may be lodged in the filter itself. This will help to ensure your washing machine drains its dirty water quickly and efficiently.

Caring for your new front-loading washer is a must if you want it to last without need for major repair for many years to come, so be sure to keep these tips in mind. If you do need repairs done, or if you have more questions about maintaining your washer, contact a company that specializes in home appliance service.

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