Laundry Machine Maintenance

So today is the the day that I put all the washing machines in the School Laundry on a self clean. Remember, our school washing machines are going 24 hours a day, Monday – Friday and every evening on weekends. The machines get their fare share of wear and tear, washing over Ten Thousand items a week! that’s is why I maintain the school washing machines on a monthly basis and the dryers on a weekly basis.  (Remember, our machines are large capacity commercial machines and not like the ones you have at home.

My monthly itinerary for laundry maintenance is as follows:

Washing Machines (monthly)

  • Run the machines on a 60°c cycle with Washing Machine Cleaner in the drum
  • Clean the filter and the propeller
  • Inspect and clean the seals around the door
  • Clean the Dosing System
  • Clean the drum, door and porthole

Tumble Dryer (weekly)

  • Empty the Lint Tray
  • Clean the outlet from the drum and the external outlet from the machines
  • Clean the drum, door and porthole

OK, lets crack on…

My first job is to switch off the pumps behind the machines. (So it doesn’t dose laundry detergent and Conditioner) Then I put Miele Dishwasher & Washing Machines Cleaner into the drum. (It’s a powder so it is quite easy to use.) Finally, I put the machines onto a 60°c cycle and leave it to it.

Meanwhile, I turn my attention to the dryers. They also must be maintained weekly, to prevent a buildup of fluff, that can cause a fire. To do this, I remove the side panel and pull out the fittings the lint traps sit in. Once it is removed, I can manually remove the fluff for disposal. I also shove the pole for the Henry in there and give the area round the outlet as well. I also clean the inside of the drum on each machine, using a cloth and a spray bottle of disinfectant.

Once the washing machines  have finished, (which is around 45 mins) I put a bowl in front of the machine and open the filter flap. (Be careful if you are cleaning the filter, as water will pour out! It is best to use a old washing up bowl for this job) It is amazing what gets clogged ion the filter, I have found gum, hair, paperclips and even a few 20p’s. (I put these into the School Charity Box) Opening the flap, lets loads of water out of the machine and is why I have a large bowl below it.

It’s easy to remove the filter, just twist and pull to release it from it’s compartment. To clean it, I take the filters to the sink in the laundry room and use a stiff brush and running water to clear the filters. Pushing my bowl aside, I then use my Mag-light to  inspect the drain pump propeller. Using a screwdriver, I check the blades can turn and that nothing behind it is blocking the pump. (By using a screwdriver to yank out any debris. Next, in between the rubber seals in the drum gets a clean with a old toothbrush and disinfectant. It also allows me to inspect the seals for signs of perishing.

Time to re-assemble… So first I push the filter back into it’s compartment and check it is in fully. (Push and twist, then close the flap) Once I have cleaned up, I inspect the pumps behind the washing machines; which dose and pump the detergent and conditioner into the machines. Remember: Safety First,  switch off the pumps first. I unscrew the front panel of the pumps and inspect the pump mechanisms. If they are clogged up, a can of compressed air and a screwdriver to remove the gunk. Finally, I give the motors a good lubricating with WD40, before replacing the cover and screws. 

Finally, after cleaning the glass and the aluminum doors, I attach a sticker which has the word “I am Clean” and the date the machine was cleaned.

It is a good idea to clean your machine every month. After a month, the machine will begin to smell and will make your clothes smell. Also it is essential to keep the lint tray clear on your dryer, otherwise; it may catch fire! The machines at school automatically switch themselves off when the lint tray is full and will not start until the lint tray is emptied. 

However, the dryers that you have in your home are not Commercial Tumble Dryers, like the ones we have at school. (We have 8 Commercial washing machines and 6 dryers) So your lint trap is usually inside the door. For your sake and your family’s sake, do not forget to check the lint trap; before you switch on your dryer on. (Kyle and I do every time we start the dryer) A fire can kill and cause severe damage, so before it is too late, check the lint trap!

Removing Unsightly Teabag Stains From The Kitchen Floor

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Tea bag stains on the kitchen floor, is one of the most common issues I have to deal with in my school and is one of the most annoying issues I deal with every day. (staff who cannot be bothered to walk to the bin with their mug, before dumping the tea bag)

However, there is a solution! I use Jangro Cream Cleaner for the job. It cuts through the stain with tea stain without any effort.

BB050-50_2Of course, do not need to use Jangro brand products, as any cream cleaner will do just as good job. (Do not use VIM)

For this job, you will need:

  • Your choice of Cream Cleaner
  • A green and yellow scouring sponge (Do not use steel wool scouring pads, as they will scratch the floor!)
  • A green bucket, filled with diluted disinfectant or hard floor cleaner. (I use Jangro Cleaner Heavy Duty)
  • A green socket mop head on a green handled pole
  • A yellow wet floor sign
  • PPE – Green rubber gloves

First, collect your equipment and put on your PPE. Now squirt a pea sized amount of cream cleaner onto the green side of your scouring sponge. Gently work the cream into the stain until it lifts. Repeat this, until all the stains have been removed. Rinse the mop in your bucket of diluted disinfectant and wipe over the area you have just been working on. Once the floor dries. Remove PPE and return all equipment to the cleaning store. Once the floor dries, you can remove the wet floor sign.

DbqQXmFor stains on kitchen worktops, you use the same method as above, by applying cream cleaner to the green side of your scouring sponge and gently work in. Instead of using a mop and bucket to finish the job, use your favorite kitchen spray. (Do not use any bleach based products on worktops) I use Cleaner Heavy Duty in a trigger spray bottle, but any kitchen spray will work as good. Use the yellow side of the sponge to wipe clean and allow to air dry.