There are two major types of washing machines, the top loader and the front loader. The top loading washing machine is the traditional type of washing machine that are found in most homes. They are called such because the bin where you place your laundry opens at the top of the machine.
On the other hand, front load washing machines were used before mostly for commercial purposes and these were commonly seen in laundromats. Unlike the top loader, the front load machine has a tub which opens at the front, thus the name. However, in the recent years, the front loader has gained much popularity and is now widely used in households.
No matter what type of washing machine you are using, you should give it ample care and maintenance. A previous article talked about cleaning a top loader. This time, this article is going to talk about the proper ways of cleaning a front loading washing machine. Here are some basic tips that will give you a better front loader.
Try draining it completely
Unlike top loaders which can be drained thoroughly, front load washing machines do not drain completely as the drain pipe in the latter is located at its side. With that design, some water is bound to be left inside the washer or tub. Sometimes, these remaining water may be the cause of that funky odor you have been smelling lately. To avoid this, try draining it out completely. If it does not drain out the hose, well, you can try draining it manually.
Let the moisture escape
Make it a habit to always leave the door to the washer open. Unless, of course, you are washing your laundry. Sometimes moisture is trapped inside and it causes the musty smell. Trapped moisture inside the washer is also a very attractive breeding place for molds and mildew not to mention germs and other harmful microorganism.
Use high-efficiency detergent
The kind of detergent you use is also very helpful in cleaning the front loader’s tub. No, I’m not saying that you should scrub the tub with detergent, that may cause in more lime deposits. Anyway, you should try buying high efficiency detergent, which produce less suds and less fragrance because of their high concentration.
Suds are a big factor to why you may have difficulty draining water out of the tub of your front loading washing machine. The detergent suds mix with water and make it thicker. Also, suds that are left inside the tub will harden and will cause lime deposits in the tub. Sudsy water may look cute and all but they cause problems. To avoid these problems, well, avoid the suds.
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