Washer and Dryer Maintenance: Keeping Clothes Fresh and Clean

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Mark Jardine
July 11, 2024
Home appliances
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To ensure that your washer and dryer last longer and continue to produce clean, fresh clothing, proper upkeep and care are necessary. The following advice will help you keep your appliances in good working order.

Cleaning the Lint Trap

For effective drying and to reduce the risk of fire, the lint trap must be cleaned regularly. Take these actions:
  • Locate the lint trap, typically found inside the dryer door or on top of the dryer.
  • Remove the lint screen and peel off any visible lint.
  • Rinse the lint screen with warm water to remove residue.
  • Allow the lint screen to air dry completely before placing it back in the dryer.

Checking and Cleaning the Hoses

To stop water leaks and keep the hoses operating at their best, it's critical to inspect and clean them. This is what you should do:
  • Turn off the water supply to the washer.
  • Disconnect the hoses from the back of the washer.
  • Inspect the hoses for any cracks, bulges, or signs of wear. Replace if necessary.
  • Using a soft brush, clean the hose screens to remove any debris.
  • Reattach the hoses securely to the washer.
  • Turn on the water supply and check for any leaks.

Cleaning the Drum

Cleaning the drum on a regular basis helps get rid of smells, and residue, and stops the growth of mold and mildew. Take these actions:
  • Prepare a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Wipe down the drum with a soft cloth soaked in the solution.
  • For stubborn stains or odors, mix baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stains and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping it off.
  • After cleaning, run an empty cycle with hot water to rinse the drum.
Always consult the user handbook for your washer and dryer for detailed maintenance guidelines and manufacturer-recommended repairs. Your appliances' lifespan will be increased by routine maintenance, which will also guarantee peak performance and energy economy.