Common washing problems, Solutions problem preventive measures, Possible causes – Electrolux - Gibson 134778800 User Manual

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•Avoid overfilling detergent and fabric softener

compartments of dispenser.

•Sort items by soil level and color.
•Use correct amount of detergent, hottest

water and bleach safe for fabric.

•Use correct amount of detergent and hottest

water safe for fabric.

Do not pour liquid fabric softener directly

on fabric. See Washing Procedures for
directions on adding softener.

•Never pour chlorine bleach directly on fabric.
•Check condition of items before washing. See

Washing Procedures for preparing and
loading the wash load and adding chlorine

•See Washing Procedures for sorting and

preparing the wash load.

•Do not overload washer.
•Use correct temperature and amount of

detergent, water and wash time.

•Use fabric softener in the washer to lubricate


•When ironing, use spray starch or fabric

finish on collars and cuffs.

•Turn items inside out to reduce abrasion.

•Use hottest water safe for fabric.
•Use correct water temperature and amount

of detergent.

•Use nonprecipitating water conditioner.
•Avoid overfilling detergent and fabric softener

compartments of dispenser.

•Increase water temperature using hottest

water safe for fabric.

•Do not overload washer.
•Use liquid detergent or use nonprecipitating

water conditioner with nonphosphate granular

•Do not overload washer.
•Remove items from washer as soon as cycle

is completed.

•Use liquid fabric softener.

•Select correct wash cycle.
•Use correct amount of detergent.
•Wash synthetics frequently using hot or warm


•Use nonprecipitating water softener.
•Before washing, run hot water for a few

minutes to clear lines.

•Drain water heater occasionally.
•For an ongoing problem, install an iron filter in

your water supply system.

Common Washing Problems




•If caused by detergent, mix 1 cup (240 ml)

white vinegar with 1 quart (.95 L) water in
a plastic container. Soak item 1 hour. Rinse.

•If caused by fabric softener, rub stains

with bar soap. Wash.

•Rewash with correct amount of detergent

and hottest water safe for fabric. Add
bleach safe for fabric.

•Treat with prewash stain remover or liquid


•Increase detergent and water temperature.


•Rub fabric softener stains with bar soap.

•May be irreversible if rips, tears and seams

cannot be mended.

•Reduce load size. Rewash using correct

water temperature, water level, and amount
of detergent.

•Add nonprecipitating water conditioner to

wash water to remove detergent residue.

•Add liquid fabric softener to final rinse.
•Dry load in dryer.
•Remove lint with lint brush or roller.

•Use a lint brush or shaver to remove pills.

•Rewash in hottest water safe for fabrics.
•Use correct water temperature and amount

of detergent.

•Rewash load.

•Reduce load size.
•Rinse in cold water with liquid fabric softener

using the Perm Press or Delicate cycle.

•Soak in detergent booster or product

containing enzymes.

•Wash in hot water using full permanent

press cycle. Increase detergent.
Add bleach safe for fabric.

•Or, treat with color remover.

•To restore discolored load of whites, use

rust remover safe for fabric.

•Do not use chlorine bleach to remove

rust stains. It may intensify


Many washing problems involve poor soil and stain removal, residues of lint and scum, and fabric damage. For satisfactory washing
results, follow these suggestions provided by The Soap and Detergent Association.

•Undiluted liquid detergent or fabric

softener dispensed directly onto

•Not enough detergent.
•Wash water temperature too low.
•Incorrect sorting.

•Not enough detergent.
•Undiluted liquid fabric softener

poured directly on fabric.

•Incorrect use of chlorine bleach.
•Unfastened zippers, hooks,


•Rips, tears and broken threads.
•Overloading the washer.
•Degradation of fabric.
•Incorrect sorting.
•Tissues left in pocket.
•Overloading the washer.
•Not enough detergent.
•Undissolved detergent has left a

residue resembling lint.

•Static cling is attracting lint.
•Load washed too long.

•Pilling is normal with synthetic and

permanent press fabrics. This is
due to abrasion from normal wear.

•Wash temperature too low.
•Not enough detergent.
•Water is hard.
•Incorrect sorting.

•Undissolved detergent.
•Some nonphosphate granular

detergents can combine with hard
water minerals to form a residue.

•Overloading the washer.

•Overloading the washer.
•Incorrect wash cycle for wash


•Agitation time too short.
•Wash water temperature too low.
•Not enough detergent.

•Iron or manganese in water supply,

water pipes, or water heater.

Blue stains


Greasy, oily stains

Holes, tears, or


(Fibers break off,
ball up and cling to

"Polka dots" (small
circles of lint and soil
on load after cycle

Residue or powder
on dark items;
Stiff, harsh fabrics.


Yellow buildup of
body soil on
synthetic fabrics

Yellow or brown
rust stains