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Brown spots and streaks on clothes

I am getting brown streaks of varying sizes and browns "splotches" on most of my clothes when they come out of the dryer. Most of the time it will be on delicates and khakis. I am frustrated by this to no end. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Jeff Nyahay Jul 28, 2007

    Thanks for the reply Noggin. I work alot and finally got around to work out some of the ideas you gave me. I know for a fact it isn't coming from the washing machine. The area around the dryer was pretty dirty so I cleaned it with my Rainbow vacuum. I installed a new vent. I cleaned the inside of the dryer using Barkeepers friend. There are no visible screws in the drum. There is a metal grate on the back of the inside of the dryer covering the heating element that had some stuff on it so I cleaned that. The most interesting thing was that there was brown stuff in between the drum and the back of the dryer. I cleaned that and everything seemed fine for about 2 loads and then it came back.



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Something that happened to me years ago was almost exactly what you describe. Cleaned the inside of the dryer many times and couldn't figure out where the streaky marks were coming from. It wasn't until I stuck my head deep inside the drum and looked above and to the sides of the front door that I found the problem. Several chunks of nasty goo were hidden in that place I couldn't see when I cleaned the inside the inside of the dryer all those other times. Problem went away after I cleaned them off. Just had to find them first! Hope this helps. ;)

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Try a few test items, to make sure the streaks are not coming from your washer, rather than the dryer (a white cotton towel is probably the best, if you have one to spare, but try items similar to the problem ones). You could try taking an already marked item if it is ruined, circle all the existing marks with permanent marker, then use that. If definitely the dryer (try the washer test a couple of times) have a really good look inside the dryer at everything, check there is nothing that looks rusty - occasionally there can be a bad screw, bolt or part of the drum. If you see something, send us back a photo and we can talk you through what to do. If you are sure there is nothing visible, then first make absolutely sure everything you can get to is spotlessly clean. Get the vacuum cleaner in there everywhere you can from the front access door. Then pull the dryer out from it's position and check there is nothing nasty growing behind or under it that could be getting sucked in. Ensure the air intake is clear and clean. Check this link for info on how to clean your outlet duct - unusual, but sometimes mould or rodent activity can influence items in the dryer; Check this link - there are many good posts describing ways of cleaning out different items from a dryer (try them if you think any could possibly be the problem); If you still get the same problem, then there will need to be some dismantling of the machine - probably not too complicated for someone who has basic tools and mechanical skills - is the dryer still under warranty? Please ask again if you have no result from the above, and we can try and talk you through it. Hope this helps :)

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