Superyacht Stewardess

As a part of our March  Maintenace Month. This article will discuss ways in which you as a superyacht stewardess can maintain the equipment onboard the yacht to a high standard. Starting with How to Clean a Washing Machine.

Being slack with your time management, and putting off the maintenance of your trusted equipment specifically the washing machine can attract germs, mould, and bacteria. That will result in the engineer having to get involved which means more work for everyone.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

The best method to clean a washing machine inside out, as well as the five ingredients you can use to remove odours, moulds, and buildup effectively, will be discussed below.

Clean the gasket and door seals first

Soak some towels with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar, pack the gasket’s cavities to let the hydrogen peroxide or vinegar loosen up any mould or grease and also disinfect the area. Wipe off residue off the gasket and door seal, or you scrub off residue using a toothbrush after an hour.

Turn water onto the hottest setting using the most extended cycle and most considerable load

Move your washer onto the hottest water setting, applying the most massive load size and the most extended wash cycle once the gasket is clean or neat.

Fill the washer drum or dispenser with vinegar and baking soda

Fill the washer’s drum or the dispenser with a  cup of baking soda and 1 quart (1 litre) of vinegar.

For a front loader machine, add white vinegar to the detergent dispenser and baking soda to the softener dispenser and begin the wash cycle.

For a top loader washer, let the water run for a few minutes, then add in the baking soda and vinegar. Allow the machine to combine the ingredient for a minute, then stop to allow the mixture soak for one hour before finishing the cycle.

Let the cycle run its full course

Make sure you wipe down the external part of the machine with a cloth or napkin soaked in vinegar, scrub in and out. This must be done while the cycle is on the move or running.

Run a second cycle

Run another cycle with just hot water. You can add vinegar to loosen up any residue left by the initial wash. Once you finish the second cycle, leave the washing machine door open to allow the inside to dry and to prevent mildew.

Wipe the filter, dispenser and other internal parts of the machine

This is optional, but it’s advisable to get it done. Wipe down the inside of the lid with a towel well soaked in vinegar. Use a toothbrush to get into every part. Scrub the top edges and all areas that water can penetrate in when cleaning the tub rim. Wipe down the agitator for a top loader machine.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

How To Clean A Washing Machine

CLEANING TOP LOADER WASHER VS CLEANING A FRONT LOADER WASHER

The main difference between cleaning both is that with a top loader washer, you can pause and start the cycle whenever you want. It allows you to add the ingredients, start the cycle and allow to mix for a few minutes. Stop the cycle to allow the ingredients to soak and then rerun the cycle until it finishes. A front loader machine will run its entire cycle immediately it starts.

Another difference is cleaning their parts. Each washer had different parts. For example, with a top loader washer, you must clean the agitator in the middle. A front loader washer requires cleaning the fabrics softener and detergent dispenser and the gasket or rubber door seals.

FIVE DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS AND METHODS YOU CAN USE TO CLEAN A WASHER.

Using vinegar and baking soda

To use, mix a cup of baking soda and 1 quart (1liter) of vinegar and set the water temperature to 90 degrees on a long cycle. Vinegar and baking soda are safe to use because they’re natural. They’re also very effective at removing limescale as well as deodorising.

Remove sticky residue with oxygen bleach and enzyme detergent

Use as directed on the label present for large loads. Set the water temperature to 90 degrees and choose the largest load option. Choose powdered enzyme detergents over liquid ones. Also, look out for a detergent that contains a range grease eating enzyme, such as amylase, protease, lipase or mannanase. Know that enzyme detergent are not safe to use on wood or silk.

Using citric acid to remove buildup

To uses citric acid for the removal of buildup, mix 1 cup of citric acid and ́a cup of baking soda. Choose a long wash cycle and set water temperature at 90 degrees. Citric acid is stronger than vinegar, so it works for a machine with lots of buildups. It can also be used with baking soda to remove odours.

Using hydrogen peroxide to clean a filthy drum

Hydrogen peroxide is antiviral and antibacterial, and it is also used to remove limescale and kill mould. A litre of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water at 90 degrees on a long wash cycle is ok. The downside to hydrogen peroxide is that it takes longer to work, so you’ll need to leave it to soak in your machine for at least 3 hours.

Using chlorine bleach to remove odour

Chlorine bleach must always be used with cold or warm water as it loses its effectiveness at high temperature. Use 1 quart (1 litre) of Chlorine bleach and set maximum temperature to 40 degrees. Chlorine bleach gets mould off a smooth surface like the plastic inner drum of the washing machine.

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