Despite the fact that washing machines are available in various models and styles, all of them have same basic features and uses. To use your washing machine properly you will need to make sure that you use correct settings, water, soap, and also consider the fabric & color of the clothes.
Besides, the proper use of the washing machine also depends on a few things which are explained below:
Read user’s manual
The washing machine user manual contains all instructions that are specifically meant for the proper use of a particular model. The button control labels will also help you to know the features available in your washing machine and the basic functionalities of the washing machine.
For best results, sort the clothes based on the color and fabric. Load the light-colored or white clothes together. Do not mix dark-colored clothes and white clothes together. Also, make sure that heavy and light fabrics are washed separately as they need to be washed at different settings.
Adding detergent and bleach
Before loading your clothes, add detergent. Instructions on the detergent box will help you to know how much detergent and water should be added. Generally, detergent goes first to the washing machine.
When needed, always use special fabric softener or bleach recommended for your washing machine. Similarly, the details on the bleach package will also let you know how much bleach should be used.
Make sure the clothes are not loaded tightly in the washing machine as this may slow down or stop the agitator. As a rule, the clothes should be loaded up to the top holes in the steel tub.
Properly Washing settings
After closing the lid, use the right settings based on the color, fabric, durability, and weight of the clothes to be washed. Make sure that you use correct temperature settings for water. For instance, use cold water for colored fabrics and hot water for white or light-colored clothes.
Switch on the washing machine
Now, turn on your washing machine. Depending on the duration of the wash cycles, it will wash the clothes and automatically turn them off. Then, take the washed clothes out from the washing machine.
Other tips on safe washing
When washing machines are not used for a prolonged time, remove the water faucets (valves) as this will prevent any leakage occurring on valves and hoses.
While loading the clothes, make sure that there are no hard objects like nails or screws in the pockets. This will prevent damage to the drum by these things.
Make sure the clothes to be washed do not contain inflammatory substances.
When your washing machine has not been used for a fortnight, turn on hot water valves and this will eliminate the hydrogen gas collected in the water heater.
Tips to clean your washing machine
Washing machines like any other appliances need periodical cleaning for the durability and efficiency of the washer. Washers, after regular and prolonged use, accumulates dirt and grime which causes health problems to the user. Sediments in the water and detergent together form thick layers of lime accumulation which will damage clothes eventually.
Cleaning of the exterior and interior of a washer is very important for the efficiency and longevity of the appliance. Hot water mixed with bleaching powder if allowed to flow through the system for thirty minutes remove dirt and grime collection efficiently. Another method you can use is vinegar and water treatment, which effectively loosens firm deposits. If your washer has a filter, take it out and clean the collected impurities which restrict the free flow of water. The white vinegar is a good remedy against soap deposits or grimes.
Soap can be used with a soft sponge or gentle scrub to clean the interior of the device. Lemon juice is an ideal remedy for thick crust collections. Hot water and detergent can be used to clean fabric softener. You should not omit to clean the bleach dispenser and washtub. Hidden areas and difficult to clean areas of the washer should be ensured proper cleaning. They tend to accumulate dirt and grime.
Bad odor results from improper cleaning of the device. You can use perfumed detergent for washing clothes. However, do not use synthetic laundry detergents for washing clothes. A phosphate-free detergent is perfect for washing machines.
When you are sure the interior is properly cleaned you can shift your attention to the exterior of the machine. A soft cloth dipped in vinegar can be used to clean the exterior of the appliance. The exterior can be polished to get back its fresh look. While you clean the interior ensure the hoses are in good condition.
Since cleaning the washing machine is a time taking activity, it is a good idea to get the maintenance work done at the same time by utilizing the service of authorized mechanics.