Methods and products may vary when cleaning front-load and top-load washers, so check your model's owner manual for specific information on how to clean your washer.
For step-by-step instructions, watch the video or read on for more detailed information.
Whether you have a top-load or front-load washer, cleaning your washing machine is important to ensure it runs as it should.
If you follow these steps, cleaning your washing machine is simple. Follow these steps:
STEP 1: CLEAN THE TUB
Remove any items left in the tub.
Add an affresh® Washing Machine Cleaner tablet to the bottom of the tub. If you don’t have affresh® tablets, you may be able to use liquid chlorine bleach. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to clean with bleach.
Close the door and select your washer’s cleaning cycle.
For top load washers, when the cycle ends, run a rinse and spin cycle to clear away any excess cleansers.
Leave your washer door open to let the tub dry.
MAYTAG TIP: SEE YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL
Methods will vary slightly when cleaning front load or top load washers. Consult your model’s owner manual for specific information on how to clean your washer.
STEP 2: CLEAN THE DISPENSERS
Pull out the dispenser drawer until you feel resistance. Depending on your washer, the drawer may or may not be completely removable.
Use a damp cloth to wipe down all surfaces. An all-purpose cleaner may be used if needed. Towel dry.
Note: Dispensers are not dishwasher safe.
MAYTAG TIP: LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN
Leave your washer's door or lid open between washes to dry out the inside and help prevent odours.
STEP 3: CLEAN IN AND AROUND THE DOOR
Remove any clothing or items from the washer.
Open the washer door or lid and wipe down the inside glass or metal with a damp cloth.
On front load washers, use a damp cloth to wipe the outside of the rubber door seal. Then lift up the edge and wipe the interior surfaces as well.
MAYTAG TIP: WASH WITH WARM ONCE IN A WHILE
Washing with warm or hot water occasionally (not exclusively cold) will help slow down soil and detergent build up.
STEP 4: CLEAN THE OUTSIDE
Use a soft, damp cloth or sponge to wipe away any spills. Use only mild soaps or cleaners when cleaning outside surfaces.
You should now understand how to clean your washing machine. By making it part of your regular cleaning schedule, you should be able to maintain its performance.
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