If you have recently upgraded to a sleek and modern, front-loading washing machine—congratulations! There are many reasons to switch to a front-loading washing machine, some of which include their space-saving design, cleaning performance, energy efficiency and higher spin speeds. However, when making the switch, it is important to remember that front-loading washing machines require special care and maintenance to keep them running at their best.
Ensure you are using the correct detergent
Purchasing a front-loading washing machine means you need to re-evaluate your current detergent. Make sure that you are using one that is compatible by looking for the “high-efficiency” label . Since these energy-efficient, front loaders use less water, a traditional detergent will create too many suds, which can lead to damage. In many cases, use of the incorrect type of detergent can even void your warranty.
Use the correct spin speed
It may not seem like a big deal, but using a spin speed that is not meant for the size load you are washing can cause severe damage to your washing machine. Higher spin speeds with the wrong-size load can lead to costly repairs or a shorter lifespan for your new machine.
Don’t forget your monthly cleaning session
Since these front-loading models are more prone to mold and mildew, it is important to maintain a monthly cleaning schedule. For a natural and easy cleaning, simply fill the detergent dispenser with distilled white vinegar, place a scoop of baking soda directly into the washer and run the machine on its hottest cycle. After that, use an extra rinse to ensure any mold or mildew is entirely removed.
Wipe it out, air it out, repeat!
In addition to this monthly cleaning routine, doing a few simple things after every load can help you keep any mold or mildew issues from developing. To do so, just remember to wipe down your washer and air it out after finishing every load of laundry. Don’t worry, you don’t have to air it out for too long. Simply leaving the washer door open for thirty minutes after a load will effectively air out the machine and prevent moisture-related smells and odors.
Checking in on a few basic functions of your front-loading machine on a yearly basis is also an important part of keeping your new appliance in tip-top shape. Once a year be sure to:
- Inspect the door seal and wipe off any residue with detergent or bleach. Be sure to check what your manufacturer suggests as a cleaning solution. Maintaining the air-tightness of the door seal will keep your washer from developing potentially messy leaks.
- Remove and clean out detergent build up from product dispensers to avoid blockages.
- Check on your machines connections, such as the power plug and the water supply hoses. Making sure everything is properly connected will save you from potentially expensive damage.
This may sound like a lot, but regularly checking in on your machine will help you to avoid costly repairs in the long term. If you do have any issues that need to be checked out by a professional, we are always just a phone call away!