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Taking Care of your Machine

Washing Machine Tips: Taking Care of your Machine

If your washing machine is not properly maintained, the outcome of your wash can be affected. By following a few basic washing machine care steps you can help your machine to function properly and deliver outstanding results. The type of washing powder or liquid detergent you use also impacts how effectively your washing machine operates.

So, always ensure that you use a good liquid laundry detergent or washing powder  

Maintenance washes

Two to three times a year, simply run the machine without any clothes in the drum. Do this on the hottest wash and with the required amount of laundry detergent for a normal load. This ‘maintenance wash’ will keep the machine and the outlet pipes clean and free from a build-up of dirt, grease and hard water salts.

High Efficiency Machines

The normal laundry detergent dosage should still be used since the level of soiling and the amount of items being washed are the same.


Overloading can reduce wash results, cause damage to clothing and ultimately damage to the machine itself. For most fabrics, the machine should be loosely filled. The load should be much less for a rapid wash / economy cycle. Check your machine manual for more information.

Fabric Conditioners

Only add fabrics conditioner to the final rinse either by hand or by using the machine’s dispenser. If fabric conditioner and detergents mix, they form a residue which will not dissolve and can build up as white / grey deposits in the machine, particularly inside the agitator of top loaders. Performing regular maintenance washes can help eliminate residues and the careful addition of fabric conditioners will help prevent it from occurring.