After clothes have washe, I'm beginning to notice some small, black, tar-like spots on the clothes. Some of the spots are as small as ground pepper but some are as large as a dime. Where could this be coming from?
Re: Black, tar-like spots on some clothes after wash
Its probably coming from the outer drum of your machine. That's what holds the water. Your inner drum, what you see, is full of holes and allows the water to pass through in the drum and wash the clothes. that outer drum gets crud in it which then passes through the holes onto your clothes. the easiest way to get rid of it is to get a product called "affresh" from W mart or the big Hardware chains and follow the directions. Good Luck
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Try to remember the clothes washed prior to this showing up stuck to the drum. The source was something likely left in a pocket. Examine the clothes carefully for the same residue.
Try a small amount of liquid dish soak on a rag and see if it will dissolve into the soap. If not than it may be a silicone base material (black sealant) from something included in a prior wash. Unless there has been plumbing done recently at the house and if no other sink has shown similar characteristics you need to assume that it came in with the wash load.
I would load up the machine with rags and old work clothes set water level to full load set to heavy duty and hot water, Double up on the soap and let the machine do the work of cleaning. It may take a few cycles and a trace residue may always remain.
Hi just read your posting.Now are the black spots an oil substance?Or is it flaky and comes off easily?What is the make and model of your machine and is it a top loader or front loader?Please reply with additional information and I am sure I can help you rectify this fault.Looking forward to your reply.
Black spots usually come from the agitator shaft bearing seal which will, when worn, allow oil from the transmission to seep into the wash. Replace the seal, and maybe the upper bearing if the shaft itself will move visibly from side to side in various directions. If the machine is still under warranty, take advantage. Hope this helps!
I would think you would need to presoak the tar stained clothes in a bucket of hot & Stong detergent water. If you use that stong a detergent in the washer you run the risk of damaging the seals. Either do that or use someone elses washer and drier. Then Run like He..!
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your problem may be because you generally use a 'cool' wash ie 30' or 40' Try a really HOT programme or two to see if this will remove the deposits that have built up What happens is that quite a lot of 'undisolved powder' tends to congregate inside the machine because of 'low temperature washes' Its a good idea now & then to use CALGON or some other descaling agent.
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once you have ruled out anything getting inside the machine by accident etc, like something in pockets or greasy overalls, then its likely to be the drum bearings, has the machine started to get noisy on the spin
the drum bearings are covered by a rubber seal, this seal gets damaged or worn and water leaks into the bearings themselves washing out the grease back into the drum where the washing is, you could also notice slight water marks on the floor underneath the machine on the floor, take the back off and look for water marks coming from the drum outer casing behind the pulley, these marks will be brown and will originate from a small drain hole,
if any of the above change the bearings before any real damage is done, either to the clothes or the machine, as repair can be expensive?
sorry, hope i have helped you as to where to look at least,