Tip of the Month:
If your washer pumps out water but doesn't spin, look for a defective lid switch. The switch is in the washing machine main housing near the door frame. Often you have to raise or open the top or front of the washing machine to get to the switch. If it's defective, the machine may pump out the water but won't spin.
March 2010 Newsletter
You’re so anxious to get outside and enjoy the spring time weather that you fail to notice all the slippery mud in your backyard until you move a little too fast across the yard and BOOM! How will you get this mess out of your clothes?
Here’s what NOT to do:
1. Do NOT throw the clothing directly in the washing machine on the hot water setting – remove some of the mud before washing; hot water tends to set the stain in more permanently.
2. Do NOT toss the clothing on the floor, – mold is even more difficult to remove than mud.
Here is a mud-removal process that usually works (unfortunately, no guarantees):
1. Set the muddy garments aside to dry for a couple of hours – a flat surface such as a bathroom counter works well, so they can be spread out, not piled up.
2. Then, take a dull kitchen knife (non-serrated side) and gently slide it across the dry mud, scraping it away (into a trash can), being careful not to damage the fabric.
3. Next, pre-treat the fabric with your favorite pre-wash detergent (check the label.)
4. Then, gently, rub two sides of the fabric together to loosen the soiled area and assist the chemicals in breaking up the stain.
5. Set your machine on the “pre-wash” setting or “heavily soiled” setting, if it is available, on cold water, before going to the full wash cycle.
6. Look carefully at the garment when removing it from the washing machine - if the stain persists, repeat the above process.
7. It is best not to move the clothing to the dryer until the stains are gone (or you are ready to accept them “as is”) —the dryer will only make the stains more permanent.