Here are a few tips for front loaders:
- Wipe out excess water from the rubber seal after each use. Keep a sponge nearby for this purpose.
- Cotton buds are also good for harder to reach places and will pick up excess dirt and grime.
- Leave the door ajar when not using it to prevent mould build-up.
- Clean out the soap dispenser regularly. If the unit comes out, take it out, rinse it and let it dry regularly. If not, still give it a good wipe out to remove built up soap and softeners.
- If your machine has a little flap door on the bottom corner, this is a drain trap. Check it regularly for loose buttons and coins that have worked their way through the wash cycle.
- Keep a towel handy when opening the drain to catch any excess water.
- Choose the right detergent for your machine. Front loader detergent produces less suds, thus preventing damage to the drum.
- Run an empty cycle with distilled vinegar or bleach, on the hottest cycle, to give your machine a monthly clean.
- Make sure your machine is level to prevent damage to the drum from excessive vibrations when in use.
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