To preserve your precious washing machine and always have a clean cloth, it is important to regularly maintain your washing machine. Here are our tips to clean it from A to Z.
Zoom on your washing machine. When everything works, everything is fine. But as soon as a problem occurs, you run right to catastrophe. To enjoy your washing machine as long as possible without worries, a few gestures of maintenance are necessary.
Clean the product tray of the washing machine.
First reflex to adopt. As soon as a deposit is formed, the bin should be removed (most of the time possible) and rinsed with lukewarm water, add if necessary, a little Marseille soap. If necessary, use an old toothbrush. Once clean and dry, replace it. Be careful that it stays dry to prevent mildew.
Descaling the washing machine.
No need to buy descaling products. A bottle of white vinegar will also be effective, more eco-friendly and much cheaper. Pour a small glass into the product tray and the rest directly into the drum. Then run a wash cycle at 60 ° or 90 °. To do once a month in ideal.
Clean the outside of the washing machine and the loading door.
From time to time, clean the outer parts with a non-abrasive sponge and some white vinegar. Do the same after each laundry, inside and outside, cleaning the loading door of your washing machine.
Clean the washing machine drum.
Be careful, the drum is a delicate element of the washing machine. Absorbent material should not be used for cleaning. To thoroughly clean the drum and remove any bad odors, pour 1liter of white vinegar into the drum and add a cup of baking soda. Turn the washer at 90 ° for 1 to 2 minutes. Stop the machine and let it rest for 1 hour. Then, restart the complete wash cycle. Then make a second wash at 90 ° C with 1 liter of white vinegar to remove the last residues. If items persist in the drum, remove them with a microfiber cloth soaked in white vinegar. To be done once every 2 months.
It is also essential to clean the drum seal. If it is clogged when passing your hand, clean it with a soft and clean cloth. If necessary, use a soft brush, warm water and a little Marseille soap. Rinse and then dry with a clean cloth.
Clean the washer filters.
Filters allow dirt to avoid migrating to your washing machine. As a result, it is important to clean the filters at least once a quarter. To do this, stop the water, unscrew the water inlet hose and clean the filters at the ends of the water hose with a brush. Be careful to replace the elements (filters and seals) after cleaning, as this may cause leakage!
Clean the drain hose.
Once or twice a year, consider controlling your water evacuation pipe and checking for any deposits. If the hose is damaged, it must be changed.
Empty the water from the washing machine.
If you need to control the pump filter, move your washing machine to check. If you have noticed that the drain is not working correctly, the water must be emptied from the washing machine. Do not panic, manipulation is not complicated. First, make sure the machine is disconnected and that the last laundry is finished for several hours (not to burn yourself with hot water). The drain filter is basically at the bottom of your washer concealed under a plinth. Remove it, place a tray in front to collect water and arrange a mop. If your machine has a small exhaust pipe, open it. Then, unscrew the cover protecting the filter. Water may drain. All you have to do is remove the filter. Check for dirt, gently clean the filter and screw it back in.
Four golden rules to keep your washing machine clean.
Rule number 1: remember to empty the pockets before washing your laundry. Small parts can damage drum and seal.
Rule number 2: no overdose of laundry, which has the effect of clogging your machine.
Rule number 3: replace your softener with white vinegar, to which you will have added a few drops of essential oil. An ecological reflex that diffuses a pleasant odor, while maintaining your washing machine at a lower cost.
Rule number 4: always leave the door of the washing machine between the two detergents, which will allow to remove moisture and also to prevent the molds responsible for bad odors.
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