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Troubleshooters

Laundry Troubleshooter

ProblemCauseSolution
GrayingToo little detergentIncrease amount of detergent; add bleach.
Wash cycle temperature too lowIncrease temperature.
Poor sorting: transfer of soiling occursRewash with increased detergent at hottest
possible temperature. Use bleach suitable
for fabric. Implement proper sorting procedures.
Color "bleeding"Do not dry. Rewash with detergent and 
bleach. Sort more carefully by color. Launder
new colored fabrics seperately the first few
times.
YellowingInsufficient detergentIncrease the amount of detergent or use an
enzyme product or bleach.
Wash cycle temperature too lowIncrease wash temperature.
Use of chlorine bleach on wool, silk,Yellowed items cannot be restored. Avoid
or spandex itemsusing a chlorine bleach.
Rust StainsIron and/or manganese in water supply,Rewash clothes with a commercial rust
pipes, or water heaterremoving product, do not use chlorine
bleach. To prevent further staining, use a 
water softener to neutralise iron/manganese 
in water supply. If iron is in pipes, run the
hot water for a few minutes to clear the line.
Drain water heaters occassionally to remove
rust buildup.
Blue StainsBlue coloring in detergent ot fabric For detergent stains, soak items in a plastic
softener fails to disperse properly.sink or container for an hour in a solution
of 1 part white vinegar per 4 parts water.
For softener stains, rub fabric with bar soap
and wash. To prevent stains, add detergents
to the washer before clothes, then start washer
to ensure better mixing of detergent. Dilute
fabric softener before adding to wash.
Poor Soil RemovalToo little detergentIncrease amount.
Wash temperature too lowIncrease temperature.
Overloading washerWash fewer items per load, sort properly,
and use the proper amount of detergent and
water temperature.
Greasy or Oily StainsToo little detergentTreat with prewash stain remover or liquid 
laundry detergent; increase amount of detergent.
Wash temperature too lowIncrease temperature.
Undiluted fabric softener has come Rub fabric with bar soap and wash; dilute 
into contact with fabricfabric softener before adding to cycle.
Dryer-added softenerRub fabric with bar soap and wash. Avoid too 
small a load, improper druer setting, too hot
dryer.
Residue of PowderUndissolved detergentAdd detergent to the washer before clothes,
then start washer.
Nonphosphate granular detergent combinesFor detergent stains, soak items in a plastic
with water minerals and forms residuesink or container for an hour in a solution
of 1 part white vinegar per 4 parts water.
To prevent residue, switch to a liquid detergent.
Stiff, Faded,Nonphosphate granular detergent combinesFor detergent stains, soak items in a plastic
or Abraded Fabricswith water minerals and forms residuesink or container for an hour in a solution
of 1 part white vinegar per 4 parts water.
To prevent residue, switch to a liquid detergent.
LintImproper sorting (mixing napped fabrics withDry items and pat with masking or transparent tape,
others)rewash and use fabric softener in final rinse. Prevent
problems by sorting more carefully.
Tissue in apron or uniform pocketsCheck pockets before laundering.
Overloading washer or dryerWash and dry fewer items.
Insufficient detergentIncrease amount of detergent.
Clogged washer lint filter or dryer lint screenClean filters and screens after use; re-wash items.
Overdrying causes static electricity whichRewash items using fabric softener; remove items
attracts lintfrom dryers when they are slightly damp.
Holes, Tears or SnagsIncorrect use of chlorine bleachAlways use a bleach dispenser and dilute bleach
with 4 parts water, bever pour directly onto linens.
Unfastened zippers, hooks, or belt bucklesFasten zippers, hooks and eyes, and belt buckles
before washing.
Burrs in washerInspect washer on a weekly basis and repair as 
necessary.
Washer overloadAvoid overloading.
Color FadingUnstable DyeTest items for colorfastness before washing; wash
new items seperately.
Water temperature too hotUse cooler water.
Improper use of bleachTest items for colorfastness, use oxygen bleach.
Undiluted bleach pured on fabricDilute bleach.
WrinklingFailure to use correct cycleUse permanent-press cycle; and cooler temperatures
in wash; remove items promptly from dryers and
fold immediately.
Washer/dryer overloadingDo not overload.
OverdryingPut items back in the dryer on permanent-press
cycle for 15 to 20 minutes; heat and cool-down time
will remove wrinkles. Remove all items promptly.
ShrinkingOverdryingReduce drying time and remove items while damp;
remove knits (especially cotton) while slightly damp
and stretch back into shape; dry flat.
Residual shrinkingAllow for some shrinking when purchasing items.
Agitation of wool itemsLower agitation in wash/rinse cycles; regular
spinning will not promote shrinkage.
PillingSynthetics pill naturally with wearPrevent unnecesary wear by using fabric softener
and spray starch or fabric linen.

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