Most people donít think to clean their washing machines, since it is used as a cleaning device itself. Yet we clean our showers and bath tubs, which are also used for cleaning. Just like anything else, your washing machine gets soiled with the dirt left behind from all the clothes, fabrics, etc., that you wash on a regular basis.
Not only do our clothes get dirty, but they are full of body oils and dead skin. We donít notice these things as most washing machines are dark and we simply drop the clothes in dirty and pull them out clean. But if we actually stepped into our washing machines as we do our showers, we might be shocked at what we find.
When you decide itís time to clean your washing machine, begin by running your hand along the bottom of the barrel. Put on a white glove if you really want to be shocked! Often you will find a thin layer of grit, and possibly that stray sock youíve been searching for! But not only are dirt, grit and other materials problematic, every time you wash your clothes, your washing machine is being subjected to mineral deposits and detergent deposits. Hard water and laundry detergent can cause rust to build up inside the barrel and hoses. Not only will this affect the performance of your machine, it will also be hard on your clothes, wearing them down. The solution is to clean your washing machine and itís much easier than you might think.
First, if you did find a layer of dirt or grit at the bottom of the barrel, use a soft, damp towel to wipe up as much of it as you can. Wipe up and down the walls of the entire barrel. If you do find rusty spots, donít sand them down, because it will only damage the barrel. If the rust is extensive, you may need a new barrel. But first try washing it; what youíre seeing may not be rust, but rather, lime scale deposits.
Next set your washing machine water temperature as hot as possible and set the water level on high. Allow the barrel to fill completely and then add 2 cups of lemon juice for rust, or 2 cups of bleach for stains. Each of these can be done separately, if necessary, but remember never to mix chemicals or cleaning agents. If you still have exceptionally difficult stains, your local hardware or discount store will have cleaning products designed specifically for washing machines. After the cleaning cycle, then run another cycle with hot water only, to rinse out any excess lemon juice, bleach or cleaner, and your washing machine will be as good as new.
Don't wait any longer. Contact Ultra Clean of Brevard today and we'll have your business, office, or vacation rental cleaned in no time. Cleaning services in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Viera, Rockledge and surrounding Florida areas. Just give us a call at 321-403-1761 and we can arrange convenient service for you.