Dark stains on clothing from washing machine

Unfortunately this is a problem we will all see from time to time, but it is not the fault of your washing machine, so there is no need for you to call out the engineer.

How will you know if you have this problem:

You will start to see grey or back stains on garments, especially around the collar and shoulder area.

You can try to remove some of these marks by one of the following options:

  • Making sure the unmarked area of the garment is kept wet, soak the affected areas in water with an addition of peroxide bleach.  After soaking overnight, rinse thoroughly and rewash in your appliance, using the programme recommended by the washing label in the garment.
  • If the first option does not completely remove the marks, you could try to dye the whole garment to the nearest shade to the original.

You will want to know why this has happened in the first place, and you will probably be surprised at the cause.  Very often it is because the garment has come into contact with a hair product, such as mousse, spray in colours, dye or even lacquer.  A chemical reaction may occur during the washing cycle resulting in the black or grey marks you have seen.

Try to remember to cover your clothes with a towel when using any of these hair products, or remove the garment completely to ensure this problem does not reoccur.

Always remember to read the wash label attached to your garments, especially when they are new, and ensure you select the correct wash cycle.




Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.


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