There’s a right way to turning a tap on and there’s a right way to turning it off. There’s a right way to filling your car up with petrol and there’s also a right way to opening and closing a window.

There are plenty of ‘right ways’ to do things in life, including how to take care of your commercial washing machines.

These appliances are the workhorses of the commercial laundry world, providing care home teams with piles-upon-piles of clean laundry multiple times a day. They’re also the overlooked workhorse of the commercial laundry world.

You know that saying about your vehicles? If you look after them, then they’ll look after you? The same principle applies to your commercial washing machines, regardless of how new they might be or how often you use them.

Ideally, you should be having your appliances serviced and maintained on a regular basis to ensure they stay in tip-top condition and continue to provide you with optimum results. For details about our industry-leading Comfort Care service, visit

In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to give your appliances a little TLC, here’s the right way to go about it:

Clean the door seal

You can do this by gently pulling back the seal between the door opening and the drum. Once you’ve done this, check for any foreign objects or trapped bits and clear them out.

Then check for any stains or buildup of grime or dirt. You can clean the buildup by using specialist washing machine cleaning wipes or by making a solution, comprising bleach and water (¾ cup of bleach mixed with one-gallon of water).

Sanitise the detergent tray

Trays can easily get clogged up with remnants of powder and liquid. But they can be easily cleaned by taking the tray apart (if applicable) and soaking it in hot water and mild soap for about 20 minutes.

Run a clean cycle

You can clean the inside of your washing machines by selecting the ‘clean cycle.’ When you run it, make sure you add ¼ cup of bleach to the bleach dispenser and run an empty load. This will help ensure dirt and grime doesn’t build up throughout your appliances. Try to get into the habit of doing this every few months.

Book regular maintenance services

The only way to guarantee a really thorough clean that covers every single element of your appliances is to arrange for a regular maintenance service. Having an annual service prevents the likelihood of unwanted breakdowns from occurring that are a) costly and b) can cause disruption to your business.

It can be easy to neglect your washing machines, but they play a fundamental role in helping you maintain health and safety standards and should be given a little TLC by you, and the professionals, every now and then.

Don’t neglect your care home’s workhorses, get in touch with us today to find out how our Comfort Care package can help you take care of them with minimal hassle and fuss at a monthly price to suit your budget.