Simple steps for protecting a washing machine during storage.

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Storing a washing machine requires preparation, plus proper packing and storage techniques.


Follow these steps to ensure the machine operates as it should at the end of the storage term.


Clean the washing machine prior to storage

When dirt, grime, washing powder and fabric softener are left in the drum, hoses and detergent dispensing drawers, they harden and become almost impossible to remove.


The first step is to clean the appliance inside and out. Pop bleach or white wine vinegar into the dispenser, select the hot water cycle and allow the machine to do the rest.


Use a damp cloth and a blob of household cleaner to wipe down the glass door, top and side panels. This will leave the machine looking clean and bright.


Remove residual water from a washing machine

All washing machines retain water. Water left to stand for any length of time can cause irreparable damage to the machine’s inner mechanisms.


Any moisture can lead to shorts in the electrical connections, plus rust, mildew and mould.


To remove all water in the washing machine, turn off the water supply at the wall. Disconnect the inlet hose and turn off the electrical plug and corresponding circuit breaker on the main electrical board.


There are essentially two ways of removing residual water from a washing machine – via the outlet pipe or the pump filter.


Draining a washing machine using the outlet pipe

If you’re using the outlet pipe, remove the pipe from the drain socket and place the end in a bucket or container. Allow the water to run into the bucket. Expedite the process by gently rocking the machine back and forth.


Eliminating residual water using a washing machine pump filter

There’s usually a pump filter at the front of the machine that acts as a drain. This process can get a bit messy. Most pumps are at the bottom of the appliance.


Place a few towels on the floor to soak up the water and slowly unscrew the cover of the filter. Gravity will do the rest.


Preparing a washing machine for transport

Once the machine is clean and completely dry, prepare it for the move to the storage location.


Stow detachable components inside the machine. Fix larger hoses and the electrical wire and plug to the top, back or side of the machine using strong adhesive tape, like duct tape.


Seal drawers, covers and the loading door shut with tape while the machine is in transit.


Protecting a washing machine in storage

To prevent damage caused by rising damp, a washing machine should be stored off the ground on a wooden pallet or several sheets of cardboard.


The door should be left slightly ajar to allow for the free flow of air. According to one expert, smearing the rubber door seal with a thin layer of Vaseline can stop it from perishing and prevent the door from sticking to the seal.


Cover the machine with an old cotton sheet or blanket to protect it from dings and dents.


Lastly, ensure the appliance is stored away from direct sunlight. This will prevent the paintwork from fading, the plastic components becoming brittle and the rubber seal degrading.



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