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7 Things You Never Want to Do to Your Washing Machine

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The modern washing machine is one of the greatest inventions of the XX century. Back in the day, our grandmas would have to spend hours boiling water, hand-scrubbing clothing, hanging it out to dry, ironing, folding, and finally putting it all away, only to start all over again. Thus, this laundry appliance has changed every woman’s life, keeping time for her and the family and letting her be a woman with hobbies, opportunities to develop and improve, and work elsewhere.

We don’t think much of a washing machine when we use it. Being the most necessary and important home appliance, we must follow certain rules to prolong its lifespan and keep in mind that there are things that cannot be put in it under no circumstances. We can mention the most obvious things you know of, such as keys, cell phones, buttons, coins, pens, and many others left in your pockets. Moreover, do not forget about small and delicate items that should be washed in special mesh bags to avoid damage or being lost.

That said, it can’t clean everything, and the machine can’t read the tag on an item to see if it’s safe to stick in the wash or choose the right settings without our help. We prepared a brief review of the main issues you must keep in mind before you start washing.

 Too Many Clothes in a Load

1. Following a Washing Machine’s Manual

First, we would like to advise you to pay attention to the built-in settings on your washing machine and the explanations of how to customize them best for your clothes. As a rule, our items can be washed on normal typesetting and come out perfectly clean. If you are used to washing all clothes in this same setting, learn to pull out clothes with special instructions that need to be washed alone or in small batches. Many people use the same wash program regardless of the clothes that they’re washing. However, the manual will recommend specific programs based on the fabrics being washed and how dirty they are. This will help you to save your wardrobe and avoid a lot of trouble with your washing machine.

2. Strictly Following the Tags

The other important thing to be kept in mind is the tags on the clothes. Of course, the newest machines make our workload a lot easier, but they still need humans to follow the tags and choose the right settings. Here, you must follow the instructions for your washer from the manufacturer. Otherwise, your clothing will lose colour or shrink or will be damaged. Pay careful attention to the following items and never put them in the washing machine:

  • Delicate Embellishments as well as wool, cashmere and velvet
  • Lingerie and Neckties
  • Running Shoes with Leather and Leather clothes
  • Baby Socks
  • Clothing covered with pet hair
  • Suits
  • Formal Gowns and Wedding Dresses
  • Swimwear
  • Items Heavily Stained With Flammable Fluids

3. Sorting not Mixing

If you want to take your clothing in perfect condition, do not mix it. It does not mean not mixing white shirts with black jeans or coloured items, or something like that, but we’d like to stress that you should avoid mixing different fabrics in one load. As a result, colours will bleed, clothes will shrink, and unwanted pocket items are floating around during the washing cycle. The safest way to ensure your whites don’t end up grey or worse when wash day comes around is to separate your laundry into whites and coloureds and run two washes.

4. Too Much Detergent

Disappointing wash results are certain if you use too much detergent. Never put into the washer too much detergent or softener. Many people think that if clothes are dirty and, on the one hand, a lot of stains might be tackled effectively, but we face the opposite, which is a great mistake. Overdosing will leave your clothes less clean than usual because the fabric holds onto the excess product, which traps body soil and odour. On light items, you won’t be able to see this, but if you wear a lot of dark clothes, evidence of overdosing will be obvious, with either fleck of detergent powder on the clothes or translucent smears of liquid detergent visible. Moreover, it can cause mechanical problems to your machine. Furthermore, a clogged detergent drawer can stop washing detergent from getting to your clothes. The other point is that the problem will be worse if your skin is sensitive to the chemicals used in the product.

5. Too Many Clothes in a Load

You should carefully read the manual for your washing machine. If the manufacturer has provided the maximum weight that can be loaded into the drum at a time, it is unnecessary to check what will happen if this recommendation is violated. In addition, it should be borne in mind that wet laundry is much heavier, and different washing modes provide for different loads. Overloading your washing machine’s drum, so it’s completely packed will lead to less-than-perfect wash results and could damage your machine; for instance, heavy loads strain the drum belt and bearings, but they can also cause the motor to overheat and burn out. Thus, the repair will cost too much, which could mean your machine’s life will be shortened. Washing machines are designed to wash a certain weight of clothes and no more. It varies with the type of laundry, though – you can usually wash more pieces of cotton, such as bed sheets, than synthetics, such as gym kit. Check the manufacturer’s suggestions for your particular model’s capacity and consider them when you start washing.

6. Going through Pockets

If you are sure that the washer is out of order since the heating element fails, you are wrong. Do not forget about the drain pump, the operation of which stops exactly due to the contents of the pockets. You can disable the mechanism if you constantly wash things in the pockets of which there is paper, other small debris, paper clips, pebbles and sand. Therefore, please do not be too lazy to shake things properly before immersing them in the drum. Ensure you remove any tissues or other bits of paper from your trouser pockets and remove belts from trousers and jeans before you wash. Sorting will let you find that black permanent marker in a pocket before the lid comes off and marks up the whole load, including the washing machine drum and front window. Check every front, back and inside pocket. The glass in washing machine doors is toughened, but a belt buckle spinning up to 1,600 rpm will do the glass in the door no good whatsoever. And something small like a coin could end up blocking the filter or causing a din as your machine spins.

7. Level Your Washing Machine

If your washing machine moves or makes strange and loud noises while spinning, the problem can be its balance. And in this case, the appliance must be level on the floor. And this issue you can fix by yourself by adjusting its feet. An unbalanced load makes the appliance work harder. Thus, it can lead to wear and tear on the unit and its parts. Follow the website of the manufacturer or the manual for guidance. If your machine is installed by a professional, they will check the machine is level for you and make any adjustments.

Whether your washing machine is old or new, follow our advice on the things you should never do to get the best out of it and keep it washing for longer. If you face any problems with your washing machine, do not try to fix them yourself. Contact the professionals at FIX Appliances CA to define and solve the problem in no time. Contact our representatives by phone at 888-242-0777 or by submitting a request online.

FAQ: Top Frequently Asked Questions

  • Delicate Embellishments as well as wool, cashmere and velvet
  • Lingerie and Neckties
  • Running Shoes with Leather and Leather clothes
  • Baby Socks
  • Clothing covered with pet hair
  • Suits
  • Formal Gowns and Wedding Dresses
  • Swimwear
  • Items Heavily Stained With Flammable Fluids
If your washing machine moves or makes strange and loud noises while spinning, the problem can be its balance. And in this case, the appliance must be level on the floor. And this issue you can fix by yourself by adjusting its feet. An unbalanced load makes the appliance work harder. Thus, it can lead to wear and tear on the unit and its parts. Follow the website of the manufacturer or the manual for guidance. If your machine is installed by a professional, they will check the machine is level for you and make any adjustments.
You can disable the mechanism if you constantly wash things in the pockets of which there is paper, coins, other small debris, paper clips, pebbles and sand. Check every front, back and inside pocket. The glass in washing machine doors is toughened, but a belt buckle spinning up to 1,600 rpm will do the glass in the door no good whatsoever. And something small like a coin could end up blocking the filter or causing a din as your machine spins.

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