How does the steam function of a washing machine work

A washing machine with steam function has several advantages. For example, it reduces your ironing, freshens your clothes easily and quickly, it is more economical on your clothes, and your laundry is cleaned thoroughly and hygienically. Washing with steam is more hygienic because steam is able to penetrate deeper into the fibers of fabric than water can. With steam, you can kill bacteria better and get rid of allergies, such as pollen, animal hair and dust mites, better. Be aware, however, that not every washing machine with a steam function offers all these benefits. There are models that have a steam function for easier ironing, but no wash/steam program for hygienic washing.

 

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An energy-saving washing machine has energy label A and uses less water and energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient washing machine, you almost always recoup this investment.
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A quiet washing machine makes little noise when spinning the wet laundry. Is your washing machine located near your bedroom or living room? Then consider a quiet washing machine.
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A large family requires a larger washing machine, and also a higher fill weight. A smaller family will suffice with a washing machine with a smaller fill weight.
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How long does a washing machine last

The lifespan of a modern washing machine is generally between 10 and 13 years. However, exactly how long the washing machine will last depends on several factors, such as how often you use it and how well you maintain it. The brand can also play a big role in this. Washing machines from AEG, Siemens and Bosch tend to last longer than those from other brands. Especially Miele washing machines have a long lifespan, according to research by the Consumers’ Association. According to that research, owners of Miele washing machines do on average 16 to 17 years with their washing machine. Washing machine brands such as Miele, AEG, Siemens and Bosch are often more expensive than other brands. But because of their long lifespan, they are often worth the investment.

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How to clean a washing machine

Cleaning your washing machine regularly keeps it capable of cleaning your clothes and makes it last longer. Ideally, check the rubbers of the washing machine after every wash and remove any security with a damp cloth. These days we wash a lot at low temperatures, which is good for the environment, our laundry and our energy bills. But this does leave a lot of soap residue in the washing machine. Therefore, try to run a wash program at 60 degrees or higher (a boiling wash) once a month. You can add a dash of vinegar (cleaning vinegar or natural vinegar), or a cup of baking soda. Both options prevent calcium deposits and help remove foul odors. Also, check the filter regularly (once every six months) and rinse it thoroughly.

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In what compartment should the soda be placed in a washing machine

Soda, like vinegar, is a natural remedy for removing soap scum, bad odors and lime from your washing machine in a non-harmful way. But where do you add the soda? You can add the soda directly to the drum of your washing machine, or put it in the detergent drawer. If you add the soda to the detergent drawer, that part of your washing machine will also be cleaned and descaled immediately. A cup (or a big handful) of soda is basically enough for this. Then you can start a normal wash program at 60 degrees or warmer. 90 degrees is recommended. It is best to clean your washing machine in this way once a month.

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How long does a washing machine program take

On average, a wash program takes about 2.5 hours. This of course depends on your washing machine and the selected wash cycle. In general, condenser dryers and air-flow dryers wash faster than a heat pump dryer. This is because they heat using a heating element. This works quickly, but it also consumes a lot of energy. Also, most modern washing machines have a variety of washing programs that can also vary in duration. Often they have an eco-program, which usually takes longer, but also a short wash program, which allows you to finish faster. Nowadays, some washing machines even have programs that allow you to clean half a wash within an hour.

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How does a water seal in washing machine work

A water lock on your washing machine protects against water damage when the washing machine starts to leak. Therefore, check whether your (new) washing machine has a built-in water lock or not. Are you buying a second hand washing machine? Check if the water trap is still intact. A small damage to the water seal can get out of hand! There are 3 different water locks: a bottom sensor, hose lock and overflow protection. The bottom sensor is a built-in water tank, the hose protection stops the water supply and the overflow protection pumps the water away again. Ideally, you will have all three of these water locks connected to your washing machine.

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How long is the warranty of a washing machine

The standard manufacturer’s warranty for new washing machines is two years. Second hand washing machines do not count towards this. If something goes wrong with the washing machine within the warranty period, a repair person may – depending on the nature of the problem – visit you to solve it. For this it is important that you still have the invoice and proof of purchase. In addition to the standard factory warranty, you can get extra guarantees on, for example, the water safety or the motor of the washing machine. Which guarantees you get exactly depends on your supplier. Find out about the different warranties for washing machines in advance and keep your invoice and proof of purchase.

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