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After removing and cleaning a front loading washer bellow, can you reuse it? Mine had black mold, gross. Would not come ou, broher saud remove it and soak in water bleach mix, and it worked! But can

My model is ATF6000ES1 Mine had black mold, gross. Would not come out, no matter what I did. Brother said remove it and soak in water bleach mix, and it worked! But can I re-use the bellow? I know I need to leave the door open b/w washes, but I have also learned I've been using too much soap. Anyway just want to now if I can reuse the bellow...

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As long as it has retained it's shape and flexibility there should be no problem. That wire spring that goes around the outside of the bellows can be tricky to get back on. Be patient, wear gloves, get two more hands to hold in appropriate places. You'll see what i mean. Just keep telling yourself you can do it and eventually it will just magically happen. First time i did it i didn't think i'd ever get it and then suddenly there it was...easy-peasy.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Testimonial: "thanks do you mean the fist spring I removed, the one closest to the door? Or the second inner most spring. I'm cursing a lot, but will keep your comments in mind! thx again!"

  • B.H. Countryman Dec 31, 2012

    Yes, it\'s a bugger. I\'ve never replaced any with "the second inner most spring."

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    hoffclan Dec 31, 2012

    Thanks for your help, it's done! It was especially hard as a 40 year old (female) with no extra helping hands , I used magic markers to hold the space for the inner ring. I mentioned the second "inner ring" just becauseI knew I had two rings, once I started I knew which onee you were talking about. Good news, mold is gone, an no leaks! (I'm sure ill come back dspite my best efforts)! Thanks again fo you fast reply! Happy NYear

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  • Saturate an old cloth with white vinegar. Alternatively, you might use petroleum jelly on the cloth to remove the mold.Pull the gasket out gently with your hands to reveal the mold and mildew buildup inside the folds of the gasket.Wipe the mold away from the gasket with the cloth. Continue working to wipe away all mold from the folds of the rubber gasket.Dry the folds of the gasket with a dry cloth when you finish removing the mold.Repeat this procedure at least once per month to prevent mold and mildew from forming. If you notice mold occurring more frequently, clean it off when you see it.


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    • After a load is done, always rotate the drum with your hand to see and remove all items. Some could be sticking to top or sides of the washer drum.
    • Use softener sheets in the dryer instead of liquid softeners in the washer.
    • Liquid detergents may leave less residue than powdered formulas which may not dissolve properly.
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    NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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