Holes in garments after washing machines

Holes or tears appear in an otherwise perfect garment. Your first step should be to feel inside your washing machine, run your hand around inside the drum to see if you can feel any nicks or sharp edges. You should also check the gap between the drum and the rubber gasket to ensure it is not big enough for an item to be caught.

If you have noticed any of the above, you should call in an engineer to fix the problem.  

A common cause of this problem could be a wire from a bra which has come loose and become entangled in the drum.  Unfortunately if this is the case and you have a fairly new machine, this type of problem may not be covered under the warranty as it is noted as customer error!

If, however, none of the above is relevant, then the following list of causes may be more relevant, none of which require the attendance of a qualified engineer.

  • If you are using bleach in your washing, this may cause damage with lighter weight materials
  • Holes around collars and cuffs may be down to normal wear and tear, and a sign the garment needs to be replaced
  • Machine overloaded, causing lighter weight items to be damaged.  As a rule when you sort your wash loads, you should keep lighter weight fabrics separate from heavier weights, such as towels, denims etc,
  • When sorting your wash loads, you should check the washing labels of each garment, keeping wash temperature for the whole load to the lowest recommended temperature.
  • Make sure zips, buttons and bra fastenings are closed before you add them to the wash.  This will avoid other items being snagged and damaged during the wash.
  • If you have very delicate items, it may be worthwhile putting them together inside a wash bag, as this will help to keep them intact during a wash cycle
  • Poor quality fabrics are far more likely to be damaged during a wash, and it may be better to hand wash these items

Hopefully the above will help you to avoid finding holes in your garments in the future.












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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