A washing machine is a must-have appliance in most UK households, but do we really know how to take care of them? Despite investing a significant amount in white goods, most people don’t carry out any maintenance to ensure they get the most out of them.
With these handy tips, you can breathe new life into your washing machine and keep your appliance functioning for as long as possible…
1. Use the right setting
This might seem obvious but many of us rely on just the one setting when it comes to washing our clothes. As well as causing potential damage to the machine, you could be spending more than you need to and using more energy than is necessary. Eco-friendly settings, cold washes and short cycles may be more appropriate for some loads and they may place less strain on the machine as a result.
2. Clean your machine regularly
It’s surprising how much bacteria can lurk inside a washing machine, yet most people fail to clean their machine effectively. With many cycles being done at temperatures of 30 or 40, the water simply won’t be hot enough to kill bacteria, which could leave you at risk of contracting Staphylococcus aureus or E. Coli.
In addition to this, detergents and fabric softeners leave a residue in the machine and when this builds up, it can have an impact on how effectively the appliance operates. Similarly, limescale can have an extremely damaging impact on the inner components of your machine and may cause it to stop working completely.
3. Get repairs done
If your washing machine starts making a strange noise or clothes aren’t as fresh as they should be, take action straight away. If you need a washing machine repair, it can be far more cost-effective to seek expert help before the problem worsens. Once a component is failing, it’s only a matter of time before the appliance seizes altogether. If a broken machine causes a leak or damages a drum full of clothes, you could be left with a bill which is far higher than a straightforward washing machine repair would cost.
4. Don’t forget the drum
As well as keeping the detergent drawer clean, make sure you check the drum for mould, fluff and dirt regularly. The rubber gaskets, in particular, can harbour germs and bacteria so it’s vital that you clean behind them regularly. If the seals or rubber gaskets are worn or loose, organise a washing machine repair and get them replaced. This is a cheap way of maintaining your appliance and extending the life of your washing machine.
5. Clean the filter
A washing machine filter should collect everything that shouldn’t be in your washing machine but inevitably ends up in there. Tissues, coins and jewellery, as well as lint, hair and fluff, all end up in the filter but a full filter won’t work efficiently. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and clean the filter regularly to keep your machine in tip-top condition.