Greasy marks on clothing in washing machine

It doesn’t matter how careful we are with our clothes, it is almost impossible not to get them marked or stained in some way.  Unfortunately these stains may still be visible even though they have been through a cycle in the washing machine. 

This is not caused by a problem with your washing machine, and it would be a complete waste of time and money to call out an engineer, as there is no fault for him to fix.

These kinds of marks are generally seen on garments which contain polyester, and are not generally able to be removed completely during a normal washing cycle.  

Removing these stains

You can either use a branded stain remover, follow the instructions on the bottle, and then rewash.  The marks should either be less noticeable or removed altogether.  

If you use a liquid detergent, you can also try using the same method as for the stain remover, and this will generally do the trick as well.

Care of Polyester items

  • Check the washing instructions on the label to ensure you use the correct programme and water temperature
  • The type of detergent used can also have an effect on the quality of the wash, and you should buy the best quality product you can afford, whether you use solid tablets, liquid gel caps, powders or liquids
  • If you do notice a mark on your clothes, rub the garment gently with either a stain remover, or liquid detergent, before washing in the normal way  
  • Easier said than done, but try to protect this type of garment when you are carrying out normal household chores, especially cooking.

Hopefully you find this advice useful, and the incidence of not been able to remove staining will decrease.








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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