The machine or clothes washer, as mentioned in L’Osservatore Romano (a newspaper in the Holy See), was an important milestone to the liberation of women because it freed them from the drudgery of a household chore. We have two types of washing machines; the front-load washing machine (H-axis) and the top-load washing machine (v-axis).
A front-load washing machine offers a number of features that has made them a favorite choice of housewives and other users, compared to its top-load counterpart. H-axis washers do not use agitators as in the case of v-axis or top-load. This specific part of the v-axis can be rough on the clothes, and that’s why a dress washed using a front-load machine may last longer. Not only are they fabric friendly, they can also cut the budget down by using smaller amounts of water and detergent to do the laundry. With the use of high efficiency soap, results as good as those of laundries washed in the best top-load washing machines may be obtained.
They are also considered as energy efficient clothes washers because of their ability to process a bigger capacity of wash, which could only result in lower energy consumption. Adding more to this feature is its ability to extract water better than the v-axis resulting in a shorter drying period whether you are using a front load dryer or a top load.
Like everything else, some problems may also be encountered with front load washing machines. Mildew, musty smell, vibration, availability of a service technician and too much bending over are the usual complaints of the users. These problems occur not because of manufacturing defects but on how we use them.
Listed are some helpful tips for both current and future users of front load washing machines.
- The first and foremost action that everyone should do whenever they purchased something is – READING! All devices and machines are bundled with a manual from their manufacturing company. These manuals contain guidelines on how to properly use the machine, cleaning and maintenance tips as well as recommendations of products that are most compatible with them.
- Use only the recommended products (soaps, bleach, softeners, etc.) on your machines. HE (high efficiency) detergents are highly recommended for use with front load washing machines. By following these manufacturer’s prescriptions, an optimal result will be obtained.
- Use pedestals to elevate your washers and avoid bending over. This is recommended for people who suffer back problem but plan to use and buy front load washing machine.
- Prevent the development of mold and mildew in your washer by properly cleaning it each time you used it. Bad smells may also be prevented by leaving the washing machine’s door open overnight.
- Avoid overloading. Overloading may cause vibration and damage on the parts of your washer. The ideal weight that you can process should be less than or equal to the load capacity stated by your washing machine manufacturer.
Now that you’ve known a thing or two about front-load washing machines, it’s time to get your laundry basket and let the washer do the job for you.