Mold Removal Solutions
If you have mold at your home in Collinsville, IL, you need a professional water damage restoration company to conduct an assessment for mold removal and remediation. As your neighbors, the experienced technicians at Smoke Services Restoration are here to help. In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep your washing machine fresh and clean when mold has accumulated due to regular use or water damage, such as storm flooding.
Why Does My Washing Machine Smell Like Mold?
If you have a front-loading washing machine, then you already know it has great advantages. It’s fast and quiet and uses less detergent and water. Plus, the tumble cycle is gentle on clothing to prevent damage. There is one drawback though. One day, you may open the door and get blasted by moldy, smelly air.
It’s the way the machine was designed. Front-loading washing machines have sealed doors with a rubber gasket. Moisture is trapped and mildew and mold thrive. This can also happen less frequently in top-loading dryers. Also, high-suds and detergents fabric softeners leave behind a residue that attracts mold.
Getting Rid of Mold
To cure your stinky washing machine, follow these simple tips:
Clean the Gasket
Take a rag and clean the rubber door gasket on the front of your washing machine. Use hot, soapy water or a little bit of mildew cleaner. It’s a good idea to wipe underneath it and around it to get all the mildew. Don’t be shocked if you find gunk or slime or maybe even a missing sock!
Take out the detergent dispensers and scrub them. use a bottle or pipe cleaner to get into as many crevices as possible.
Run Cleaning Cycle
Your washer probably has an empty wash cycle. Set it to the hottest temperature or to the tub cleaning cycle, if available, to thoroughly rinse out the machine.
If this is part of a larger problem due to storm or water damage, you’ll most likely need to call for professional help to ensure the health and welfare of your family.
If all else fails, it may be time for professional help. Give us a call at Smoke Services Restoration for this and any other needs that you may have for qualified mold restoration or water damage restoration services. We can dismantle the machine and clean it for you.