Nasty Sulpher Smell Coming From Machine
Posted 28 May 2007 - 11:30 AM
Last night I ran a 90 degree hot-wash with no clothes in the drum and only using non-biological powder and a liberal squeeze of liquid-bleach. This got rid of some - but not all - of the smell but has done little, if anything, to remove the slime. I'm presently running the same process again.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 11:45 AM
Posted 28 May 2007 - 01:39 PM
Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:28 AM
Thanks for the reply Washerhelp! I used bleach in last night's wash and it created enormous amounts of foam; so much so that the foam filled up the entire drum + the soap dispenser draw.
Hello qwerty. You don't use normal bleach, just washing detergent that contains bleaching agent. I've amended the wording slightly to say "use detergent that contains bleach" instead of "using detergent with bleach in it" just in case it was ambiguous.There are some bleaches suitable for washing machines such as oxygen bleach.
Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:13 PM
Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:46 PM
Posted 29 May 2007 - 01:41 PM
My flat, however, is damp, quite cold and suffers from a lot of cooking condensation. I guess a good strategy would be to leave the door slightly ajar at all times?
The good news is that the hot-washes - of which I did three - eliminated the nasty smell. I honestly think that adding a squirt of liquid bleach helped the process. Unfortunately there's still plenty of sticky grease behind the seal. I think I'll try the white-wine vinegar treatment. Would it not be possible to remove the drum and seal and physically scrape off the grease?
Posted 29 May 2007 - 01:53 PM
Try to get rid of the grease behind the seal as best you can by hand. I wouldn't strip a machine down as it could cause more problems and would require all disturbed seals being replaced. Once you've got rid of the worst of it, and the smell, it shouldn't cause any problems.
Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:01 PM
I couldn't help but notice this:
Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:10 AM
I'm presently doing a boil-wash with bleach and non-bio.
Posted 05 June 2007 - 08:55 AM
Can a washing machine be transported safely on its side?
I'm now trying a hot wash with detergent and soda crystals so we'll see what happens. Could it be that I need to clean out a filter or something?
Oh, I almost forgot - when I opened the drawer for the powder it had quite some (clean) water in the liquid dispenser compartment. Is there anything wrong with this? Maybe the water pressure is a bit too high?
Posted 05 June 2007 - 09:46 AM
It's not ideal to transport a washing machine on its side as residual water can escape and get onto parts. If it can't be kept upright I always prefer to lay it on its back. If it has to go on its side I always choose to lay it over onto the soap dispenser's side.
Prior to laying a washing machine down you can get most of the water out by lowering the drain hose onto the floor outside. Ideally, when the washing machine gets to the door of the house you can drop the drain hose outside where it's often lower. The lower the end of the hose the better as water can then siphon out. I also tip the washing machine forwards about a foot, and then backwards which helps let most of it find the draining hole in the bottom of the tub. You must remember not to let go of the washing machine or it will fall out of the door The same procedure can be used to completely drain a washing machine inside the house by lowering the drain hose into a bowl.
(EDIT: I've since written a blog article on the subject of Transporting a washing machine)
If stagnant water did run down the inside of the washing machine it could smell a little for a while although if the smell is definitely coming from inside the washing machine's drum then it's coming from inside the washing machine's outer tub and hoses. Check the pump filter in case there's some nasty stuff in there (where is the pump filter?)
.. when I opened the drawer for the powder it had quite some (clean) water in the liquid dispenser compartment. Is there anything wrong with this? Maybe the water pressure is a bit too high?
If you mean the compartment for the fabric conditioner this will help - fabric conditioner compartment is always full of water
Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:06 AM
We transported it on the wrong side, wish I'd known about it... I think the smell isn't so much coming from inside the machine so you might be right about it having leaked onto other machine parts.
I'll put those tips into practice and see what happens.
Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:12 AM
Posted 05 June 2007 - 11:39 AM
@konradvg: My machine is exactly the same as yours in that 'there is some grime around the seal but not a huge quantity'. I suspect that the grime is what's causing the smell. I've done several hot-washes now but to little avail.
I'm yet to try the white-wine vinegar treatment as soon as I purchase some.
Posted 05 June 2007 - 02:12 PM
Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:26 AM
I did initially run two 95 degree washes using detergent then distilled vinegar and scraped round all the door seals several times to get rid of all the brown gunk.