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Can you do a cold-water wash? Yes, of course. If you need to wash delicates (lingerie or blouses) or other items in cold water go right ahead. For everyday (bedding, whites, permanent press) washing though hot or warm wash, followed by a cold rinse will give best overall results.
This problem has been recognized by manufacturers. Many are now adding a temperature sensor that will mix hot and cold water to compensate for ground water effects.
Lastly, poor washing practices can lead to odours from these machines. Do not leave wet clothes in them overnight. Do not allow dirt or grim to build up around door or rubber boot where clothes are inserted. It may even be a good idea to leave door open slightly after using washer. This allows interior to dry. If there are small children in your home then wipe interior dry when finished washing – then lock door.
Also, it will be to your advantage to properly measure laundry products when using this type machine. Follow manufactures suggestions about amounts and types of products. If unsure, contact manufacturer. Most have a customers service department or website that can answer all your queries.
It is my experience that North Americans tend to be sloppy washers. That is, we do not read instructions (men are much worse than women), measure, or use much care about household activities. Therefore, using a front loader washing machine may require a rethinking for consumers.
So if a front load washing machine is in your future be prepared to re-learn a few laundry practices. A small effort and an open mind will result in many years of trouble-free washing. And welcome to 21st century.
Copyright 2005 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett has been in the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. Visit http://www.mgservices.ca to learn more invaluable information about your appliances.