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Mold in front door gasket

We just noticed that we have a significant case of mold in the front door gasket. Is there a best way to clean that mold away? We have tried to wipe it using bleach and that does not seem to be doing a great deal of good.

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SOURCE: Bosch Nexxt series washing machine front gasket mold

Hi.
The quickest way to solve your problem is to fit a new door seal.
Then each time you finish a wash, clean and dry the door seal.
At least once a week, depending on how often you wash, do a hot wash with powder, but no clothes in.
This is called a maintenance wash.
This should solve your problem.
The door seal probably got into its present condition because of several different reasons, namely:washing at too low a temperature-not using sufficient powder- amongst other things.
the mould is actually living bacteria, not a pleasant thought
Please positive feed back if you find this helpful
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SOURCE: mold on rubber gasket front load washer

It is a long process trying to explain how to solve your problem, but if you go to the following site, you will find an in depth article on how to solve the problem.Just navigate to the article you want.
www.washerhelp.co.uk.
This should help you.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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SOURCE: mold on rubber gasket

The door seal need to be pulled almost inside out to be a able to thoroughly clean it. I usually use a 50-50 mix of bleach water but other cleaning products like oxyclean may work better. After cleaning run a load with no clothes in it to remove any residue. Now if the mold has gotten deep into the rubber and still looks blackish after cleaning it will get moldy real soon and replacement will be the only solution. The key is from day one to leave the door open as you do and also wipe the door seal with a towel after each use. Not to defend frigidaire but most of the other brands have the same issues, some worse. If you need to replace the door seal or if the wire ring pops off when cleaning here is a link that should help http://appliancehelponline.com/washerdoorseal.html

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The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

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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