My Washing Machine is making my clothes look old

You may have noticed that some of your clothes start to look old and tired before they should.  This is not caused by a fault with your washing machine, which is good news.

Further good news is that if you look at the affected garments, you may notice there are broken fibres on the surface.  Fortunately, if the problem is not too bad, you should be able to remove these broken fibres, which will improve the look of the garment.

There are a couple of causes for this kind of effect:

  • Printed fabric may become damaged by friction during the washing cycle, resulting in the faded finish.
  • The action of your washing machine can break the threads of cotton garments.  These broken threads will be noticed on the surface, and make the pattern look faded.

You will also be pleased to know there are a couple of suggestions for preventing this problem in the future:

  • The quality of the detergent you use can have a major effect on your washing, and it is always best to buy the best you can afford, especially going for a reputable well-known brand.  The better quality detergents, whether powder, tablets or liquids can include special fabric care technology which will help stop the fibres breaking in the first place.  
  • Incorrect selection of the programme can also result in damage to the fibres, and it is essential to select the correct wash cycle for the type of garments you are washing.  You should also avoid overfilling the machine, or mixing your more delicate items with the towels for instance.  Remember to check the labels of the items you are washing, and ensure you select the lowest temperature wash recommended.

Following the above suggestions should, hopefully, avoid this problem 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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