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My Washing Machine Is Staining The Laundry, What Do I Do: A Guide By Stain Type

Photo of a woman looking at her stained laundry as it comes out of the washer

Is your washing machine staining your laundry? Don’t panic. You can try a few solutions to determine the cause and correct it. At Ateliers G. Paquette, we have the answers to your questions and the spare parts you need to repair your washing machine in Montreal and throughout Quebec.

The first step is to identify what’s wrong with your machine. Is the drum not turning as it should? Do you see any loose or worn belts? You should be able to solve the problem if you can determine its root cause.

Check your washing machine’s display to see if a warning light or error message is illuminated. These codes can be a clue. If you don’t know how to spot the problem yourself, call one of our appliance technicians.

Understand Where The Stains Come From

Your washing machine could be staining your laundry for several reasons. Here are some tips and tricks to help you accurately diagnose the type of stain:

  • White spots: White stains are typically caused by running the wrong wash cycle for your clothes. For example, the soap may not fully dilute in cold water. Be sure to use the correct cycle for the type of clothing you’re washing.

  • Yellow spots: If you notice yellowish marks on your laundry, your fabric softener may be to blame. If you enjoy soft, fresh-smelling laundry, just remember that the softener must be poured into the appropriate compartment on your washing machine and not directly on the fabric.

  • Grey spots: Over time, your machine’s door seal can get clogged with gummed-up detergent, leaving behind greyish markings on your laundry. Remember to regularly clean or replace the seal as part of your preventative maintenance routine.

  • Black marks or rust stains: Black marks are typically caused by a malfunctioning drain filter. Rust-coloured markings may be due to oxidation of the metal drum or its bearings. If the drum breaks, it can force the entire compartment out of alignment, leading to more problems down the road.

Choose The Right Spare Parts

If necessary, you can purchase replacement parts for the components that are most susceptible to wear and tear. Make sure to invest in a reliable option, as substandard parts can cause more serious issues over time.

Do you need advice, parts or washing machine repair services in Montreal or elsewhere in Quebec? Turn to Ateliers G. Paquette. Contact us today for more information.

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