Front-loading, high-efficiency washing machines can save you a lot of money and space. They use less water, and you can stack them together with dryers in smaller laundry rooms. However, one potential downside is that they do need to be cleaned more regularly than top-loading washing machines. Here’s why.
Front-Loading Washers & Mold Problems
Top-loaders can rely on gravity to keep water inside the drum while washing. Front-loading machines, on the other hand, have to use sealing gaskets around the door, instead. These gaskets are meant to keep the water in, of course, but that also means that they don’t dry out as well between cycles.
The build-up of soap and moisture in these gaskets can easily lead to a mold problem, so here are a few tips on how to keep your washing machine in squeaky-clean shape:
- Use the “wash cycle” often. Use the this cleaning cycle on your machine to keep the tub from getting too dirty.
- Use the right amount of detergent. Too much detergent can leave a film on the gasket, and mold loves it. Use the right amount (less than you think) to keep mold down.
- Clean your gaskets with bleach or vinegar. Get into the crevices of your gaskets with a bleach or vinegar-baking soda blend to clean out existing mold, mildew, and soap film.
- Keep the door open between washes. Leaving the door open between loads can help dry out the gaskets that are usually sealed up tight inside. This can keep moisture and mold down.
Mold doesn’t have to be a problem for your front-loading machine. For questions and advice, give All Brands Appliance Repair a call today!