4 Ways to Maintain Your Washing Machine

The washing machine in your home is a key appliance which helps to keep you and your families clothes clean. While washing machines don't last forever, there are some steps you can take to help maintain your washing machine.

Check the pockets of clothes   Before you load your washing machine, you should carefully check the pockets of the clothes you are going to load for any coins, keys or other objects. If you load clothes which contains these things into a washing machine, they may become loose during the wash cycle and cause damage to the inside of the washing machine.

Avoid overloading

Washing clothes can be a real chore. In an attempt to get it over and done with, you might be tempted to cram as many clothes into your machine as possible. However, it is important to understand that by doing so you are adding additional weight which may strain the components inside the machine during the spin cycle. A good rule of thumb is 'When the drum in half full it is fully loaded.'

Clean the inside of the machine

Cleaning the inside of your washing machine might sound insane. After all, with all the warm water and soap which sloshes around inside it, shouldn't it be the cleanest appliance in your home? Unfortunately, the warm water and soap can create soap residue which can stick to the drum where it will then collect dirt which is washed from your clothes. This trapped dirt can then be transferred to clothes during the wash cycle. The first sign that you need to clean the inside of your machine is when your clothes come out of the washer dirtier than they went in. To clean the machine, all you need to do is to run a sponge which has been dipped in warm water around the interior of the drum. You should then let the washing machine run while empty to rinse away any remaining dirt.

Have the machine serviced

If you have had your washing machine for many years, it may be worth calling in an appliance repair contractor so they can service the machine. The contractor will check the electrical connections, the bolts and nuts which hold the drum in place and the weight distribution to ensure the appliance is safe and operating as it should be.

If you would like to find out more about how to maintain the washing machine in your home, you should contact an appliance service today for more information and advice.