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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

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  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just leave the front door open after you use it. Closing it up develops mold and the smell.
     


  2. i10casual

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    Thank you. We just started leaving it open. I haven't tried the bleach yet.
     


  3. Ataturk

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    The hot water is probably more important. It gets that soap scum off the inner drum. That's what the mold/mildew/whatever is eating.

    If yours already stinks, do the hot water/bleach thing, then run vinegar through it to get rid of any residual smell. It works.
     
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  4. jbarwick

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    I have scrubbed the hell out of our front loader and used the clean cycle quite often. It still stinks. I think since it came with the townhouse when we bought it, the previous owners never maintained it and will never get better.
     


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    Yeah once mildew really takes hold it's all but impossible to completely eliminate.
     


  6. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    You can't reach the parts have mold growing on them without taking the machine apart. A frontloader has two drums -- a inner, stainless steel one that spins, and an outer plastic drum that's stationary. The plastic one is usually ribbed for strength, meaning it has lots of recesses for gunk to grow in. Here's a picture of mine (I had to replace the bearings):

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    You can disassemble a frontloader (at least, this is true for mine) with common hand tools in an afternoon, if you really want to clean it good.
     


  7. i10casual

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    Our has some deep mold I can't clean. I will be buying a top loader as soon as I pay off my credit cards. I priced just buying a new front end but that will be $500 to replace.
     


  8. otc

    otc Senior member

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    But aren't front loaders much easier on your clothes?

    This is sf after all...
     


  9. SkinnyGoomba

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    You can get a top loader without the agitator.
     


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    I've never seen this problem. I always keep the door open. And I usually wash cold too. Mine is a Bosch.
     


  11. MrG

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    We're on our second front-loader. The first one got kind of funky because we weren't diligent about preventing it (mostly because we'd never had one before and didn't realize you needed to be careful). Once it got the funk, it was pretty hard to eradicate completely. For the second one, we've been much more attentive to it, and there hasn't been any issue at all. The biggest thing is to remember to leave the door open so it can dry out.

    Also, FWIW, when we bought the newer one, the sales lady said a common cause of mildew problems is using too much soap. IIRC, she said this applies to the seals on the front, because they're treated somehow to inhibit the growth of mildew, and the excess soap messes that up. I've never bothered to corroborate it, so take it with a grain of salt, but it might be worth looking into if you're having issues.


    Yes, and the difference is, in my experience, dramatic.
     


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    McMaster has some Sargent locks (and could probably order whatever you want).
    They have some door frames...like most of their stuff, they don't list a brand, but it is always quality and they might be able to get you the Ceco frames if that is specifically what you want.
     


  13. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks OTC, I'll give them a call.
     


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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    What's the difference between a top-loading and front-loading HE washer?

    We have a top loader (e.g. the ones without the agitator) and we haven't had any problems. Haven't had to do anything different/fancy with it either.
     


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    front loader will use less water, but aside from that I dont know . . .
     


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