Washer and Dryer Upkeep
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In addition to ensuring clean, dry clothes, the maintenance of dryer and washer can assist prevent flooding and fires. Maintenance, fortunately, does not necessitate any specific skills or equipment. Here’s everything you need to know about keeping your washer and dryer in good working order.
Proper Way of Washing Your Clothes
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Most of us believe we know how to clean our garments, yet frequent errors can cause the washer to break down or, worse, generate leaks that cause expensive water damage. Make sure you’re doing laundry correctly before you begin your next load.
Begin by ensuring that your washer is a minimum of four inches distant from the wall. If your washer is too close, it may produce kinks in the hoses, leading to cracks and flooding. Next, make sure the washer is level by applying pressure to its corners. During the spin cycle, an unbalanced washer might vibrate, jump, or even move across the floor, harming the machine, the floor, or both.
When you are ready to begin loading, you will also need to be cautious. Avoid loading the washer with too many clothes and fill it with the right amount of water for the load size. Overfilling or underfilling the washer can result in flooding, and using the improper amount of water can reduce its efficiency.
Finally, use the appropriate detergent for your machine. Use high-efficiency detergent if you have a high-efficiency machine (look for brands marked HE). The sorts of detergent your washer requires to work at its best should be specified in your owner’s manual. It will also advise you on the amount of detergent to use. Don’t go beyond the amount stated. Too much detergent can lead to wear and tear, residue, and even flooding in the washer.
Remove wet garments as quickly as possible after each load to avoid mold, mildew, and musty odors. You should also keep the lid or door of the washer open between loads to allow the machine to dry out. If your washer is the front-load type, wipe out the rubber seal to get rid of any water or residue.
Regular Cleaning of Washer
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If your clothes are soiled, your washer will not clean them. Clean your machine on a regular basis, beginning with the lint filter. The lint filter, which is usually found in the washer’s middle column (the agitator tube), can collect gunk and reduce the machine’s efficiency.
Move on to the drum once it’s clean. You can utilize baking soda and vinegar or buy a washing machine cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you prefer the DIY option, fill your empty washer with two cups of vinegar and run a regular cycle on the hot water setting. After that cycle is over, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the drum and run a hot water cycle. After the second rotation is done, wipe the drum clean and let it dry.
Regardless if you have a top-load or front-load type of washer, either way works effectively. If you have a front-loading washer, though, you will need to wipe the gasket with a cloth moistened with vinegar.
Repeat the method once a month to avoid getting mold. This will also keep the washer smelling fresh.
Take Control of Your Washer
Leaks caused by cracked or broken hoses are the most common cause of water damage. Inspect the hoses at least once a month to reduce your danger. Check for leaks around the hose ends. Any with cracks should be replaced. All hoses should be replaced every three to five years, regardless if they seem to be in good condition.
How to Dry Properly
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There is a correct and incorrect technique of drying your garments. The improper settings can cause your dryer to break down. Save the high heat setting for towels, blankets, and other heavy textiles. As for the lighter ones, use the delicate option to protect your garments and your dryer.
An overloaded or underloaded dryer can also result in unneeded wear and tear. If your dryer is overloaded, it will take more time drying the load. In contrast, when you run in underload, the dryer will still run a complete cycle to dry the clothing, but you will theoretically be drying more loads because the drum will not be filled.
Finally, avoid using dryer sheets because they can leave combustible residue behind. It can probably cause a fire if a spark ignites the residue. Another fire threat is when dryer sheets become caught in the dryer vent. Make your own dryer sheets by soaking a terry cloth with vinegar instead of buying them.
Keeping the Dryer Squeaky-Clean
According to the US Fire Administration, roughly 2,900 dryer-related fires occur each year, resulting in five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damage. Administration of Fire. Small, fine fibers that harbor the dryer or the vent is responsible for more than a third of the fires. Spend a few minutes cleaning your lint screen after each load to lessen your risk.
To do so, just remove the dryer’s screen and wipe away the collected fibers. Every month, include a step and using a soapy, warm water, wash the screen. Alternatively, put it in the dishwasher. Fabric softeners can accumulate potentially flammable residue on the screen over time, posing a fire hazard and lowering the dryer’s effectiveness. The residue is removed by washing it often.
Remove the lint screen and vacuum the slot where it sits every three months at the very least to give your dryer a thorough cleaning. If your dryer has one, vacuum the trap as well.