In any household where parents care for children, the washing machine gets lots of use. The frequency with which it gets filled with dirty clothes highlights the wisdom behind addressing the washer’s maintenance issues. Part of addressing such issues entails learning what must be done when.
Some of the most helpful maintenance tasks ought to get performed each time that the washer has cleaned another load of clothes. Other tasks address problems that have built up over time. Those should be carried out at a scheduled time.
Tasks that need to be carried out each time a load gets cleaned
Pay attention to the size of the load. Do not overload the appliance. If it gets loaded down with clothes, it will have to work extra hard. Make sure to use the right kind of detergent. Check to see if it should be a high efficiency, low suds-creation product. If that is the case, look for a box or bottle that bears the “HE” symbol. Measure carefully; use the right amount of detergent. If you use too much, a residue will build up inside of the machine. Keep the lid open when the washer is not being used. Put clean clothes in the dryer as soon as possible. That prevents formation of mildew and mold in the washer’s drum.
Who should perform the above tasks?
In a typical household, the homemaker assumes that responsibility. That could be the parents of the children that seem attracted to dirt. Alternately, it could be a maid or housekeeper. As children get older, it makes sense to show them that operation of a washing machine does not entail the working of magic. Still, each of them should also get a sense for the importance of maintenance-related efforts. Each of them should learn that no magic trick can fix an appliance that has not been maintained properly.
Tasks that can be done periodically, according to an established schedule
Once a month check the hoses behind the washing machine. Look for bulges or cracks. At the same time check the fittings on each hose. Make sure that none of them fits too tightly onto that water-carrying part of the clothes washing system. If you are unable to do that it is best to call in the appliance repair professional in Thornhill.
Run an empty load every 2 months, in order to keep the tub and dispensers clean. Use 2 cups of white vinegar in place of the detergent. Before the rinse starts, add a bit of detergent, in order to do away with the smell of the vinegar. Every 2 to 3 weeks wipe down the drum, along with the washer’s lid or door and the machine’s gasket. Use a solution that contains 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.