You have finally purchased one of the best washing machines in the world. The days of struggling with your old, less powerful washer are long over. It is surely an exciting day, however, you need to know that without the proper washer care and maintenance, your washer will also deteriorate fast. Everything needs proper maintenance. Luckily, the process is quite easy. Actually, the process is so simple and it barely costs any money.
Tips on DIY Washer Maintenance
Thankfully, washer care and maintenance is not expensive. There are probably maintenance routines you do now, that you do not even realize. For instance, most of us have cleaned out excess grime from the detergent we use. This is very basic and needs to be incorporated with other things, such as:
- Remove The Gunk: You want to remove any excess detergent, dirt, lint, buttons or anything else from your washer on a per use basis. You do not want these excess items to get stuck in your hoses over time.
- Clean The Inside: To clean the inside of your washer, you will need to use one cup of bleach and double your normal detergent. Once you have added both, you will need to run a full cycle on the hottest settings. This will help to clean the inside of your washer and also disinfect it. Ideally, you would do this maintenance once every few months.
- Extra Dispensers: A lot of washers on the market today, especially Kenmore washers, have a fabric softener dispenser on then. We all love our clothes to smell good and be soft. However, we need to make sure to clean them often. The fabric softeners usually form a hard, gel-like substance. You can clean this with a rag and hot water.
- The Outside: Although washer care and maintenance is not necessary on a washer’s exterior part, it would be nice to keep your washer looking like new. You can always use a rag and soap to wash the outside. If you would rather use a more prominent cleaner, all purpose cleaners will do the trick.
Some Other Tips to Note in Washer Maintenance
Unfortunately, everything has some minimal cost involved. Washers are no exception.
- On a monthly basis, you will need to ensure that your hoses do not have any visible wear and tear. This wear and tear will include cracks, bumps, and leaks. Thankfully, the hoses usually last a very long time. Five years is the typical life of a washer’s hose.
- If you have had your washer for longer than five years, you might want to replace them anyway. No one wants to go and find that their hose is leaking and their homes flooded. The few extra dollars every five years is well worth the cost.
- The ideal thing to do is to keep a schedule pinned on the wall, next to your washer. This will ensure that you never miss a required maintenance schedule and that your washer is running in tip top shape.
If, for some reason, your washer is not working properly, you might need some professional assistance.