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Be careful in using laundry
products not to spill them on exterior of washer. Wipe up any spills
promptly with a damp soft cloth or paper towel. Most washer tops are
porcelain enamel which is quite resistant, but will be damaged by acids
in rust removers, and by long exposure to other chemicals. Sides and
front of washer cabinets, and some tops, are synthetic enamel which will
be damaged quickly by ammonia, chlorine bleach, abrasives, and solvents.
Do not spray pre-wash soil and stain removers onto garments on top of
washer, for they can corrode painted and plastic parts such as the
control panel, etc. Do not treat with rust removers on top of washer;
use sink, and follow label instructions. Turn off hot and cold water
faucets going to tub between washdays to prevent water pressure strain
on hoses. Check that hoses are not kinked or bent. If away and no hot
water has been used in house for 2 weeks or longer, open all hot water
faucets and let them run several minutes before using the washer or any
other electrical appliance connected to hot water. Do not smoke or light
any flame while faucets are running; hydrogen gas which is flammable and
explosive may build up in water heater and hot water pipes if hot water
is not used for a long time. If house is to be unheated in cold weather,
drain and winterize washer.
This information is for educational purposes and
is reprinted from the MSU Extension. This information is public property upon publication
and has been printed with credit to MSU Extension.