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Get the Most Out of Your Laundry Room
Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

Inspect the Hoses

The hoses are located behind the washer. Check for any signs of wear like cracks or blistering. Many manufacturers recommend replacing them every five years. High quality stainless steel hoses are your best bet when replacing them.

Keep it Level

If your washer vibrates when itís on, you may need to level it. Most washing machines have self-adjusting legs in the front, sometimes in the back too. Place a level on top of your washer and see what leg needs adjusting. You can also try using leveling leg pads to help.

Clean the Inside

This is especially important if you have a front loading washing machine. Detergent residue can cause odors, so use a special washer cleaner about once a month to keep it clean and smelling fresh.

Clean the Outside

The outside of your washer needs some periodic TLC from time to time as well. Use an all-purpose cleaner to clean the outside of the machine. If it has a few scratches, a little touch-up paint can make them disappear.

Wipe Down The Detergent and Fabric Softener Dispensers

Softener and detergent can get gummy and sticky, so youíll want to wipe them clean with a damp rag and hot water a few times a year.
Dryer Maintenance Tips

Keep the Lint Filter Clean

Clean the lint filter before or after every single load. If you have some stubborn lint that wonít budge, thereís a special brush you can get to help. The brush is also great to clean out the filterís chute, or you can use the skinny tool attachment on your vacuum as well. If your filter is torn or cracked, you can find a new one here.

Clear the Venting System

Once a year, you need to clean out the inside of your dryerís venting system (that big tube going from your dryer to the outside). And yes, this is something you can do yourself. All you need is a special cleaning brush to easily remove any lint buildup in the tube. Donít forget to check the area around the dryerís vent cap outside as well.

Go with Aluminum Tubing

While youíre inspecting the venting system, look at the tube itself. If itís white vinyl tubing, youíll want to replace it with aluminum tubing. Vinyl tubing is highly restrictive and doesnít meet U.S. federal fire safety standards.

Vacuum the Interior

Sounds strange, but it can prevent a dryer fire. Once a year, disassemble your dryer and use a long vacuum attachment to clean out the lint.

One last tip Ö recommends monitoring the lint build-up and other blockage in your dryer with a Dryer Airflow Checker. It alerts you when thereís airflow restriction.

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