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Cleaning rubber door boot

I need to clean the inside of the big rubber door ''boot'' area of my frontloading washer and don't know how to get inside it without ruining the rubber piece.

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I am not sure how the Whirlpool rubber boot is constructed but the Maytag's can be pulled back enough to get a sponge, washcloth, etc. around it to clean it. If you can get to it try a product like odorban which will clear up any mold, mildew & icky smells without harming the rubber itself.

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Bad smell inside washer


Every Frontload washer on the market today has a smell issue or potential to have one quite easily.In fact the smell problem has been there since these Frontload washers were introduced. The real kick is instead of recognizing the problem and addressing it some of the manufacturers have even started selling consumers cleaners to help reduce the smell problem. Yes they are profiting on the sale of cleaners, that deal with an issue they created. The closest they have come to addressing the issue is adding an extra cycle to your washer strictly for cleaning the washer. Basically you clean your washer so it can clean your clothes. Why didn't the salesperson tell you about the issue? Maybe because it was his first day, but probably because he was trying to sell you a washer.
Now all this said, is there anything you can do? First and foremost make absolutely sure you are using a HE (high efficency) detergent. Frontload washers use a very little amount of water and the HE detergent is not only concentrated so you use less but it is not as thick as regular detergent so it has a better chance of washing away clean. Concentrated detergent is NOT HE detergent and still may pose an issue if used. If you Don't know what HE detergent is, call the manufacturer, your grocery store, or the sales guy who sold it to you. On average you will never need more than 2 tablespoons per load. DO NOT go by the cap fill lines ever. These lines make the assumption everyone has the same water, load the washers the same and have equally dirty clothes. More is NEVER better in a Frontload. Bottom line is you want to make sure all the detergent is getting cleaned out of the washer after each use. If any remains it will start to deteriorate and deteriorating detergent can smell.
Secondly when you are done using the unit for the day, use a towel to dry off the rubber door boot and the inner door. Don't be afraid to pull the boot some to get as much of the water off as possible. The rubber is pretty thick and sturdy. And if at all possible leave the door open as long as possible to help what water is left inside the washer to evaporate. The washers have vents on the back but they do not work as well as venting on a top-load washer. Basically the water drops will collect in the bottom after usage and if the door gets closed that water can get stagnant, grow bacteria and even mold. These will also cause lovely fragrances to tickle your nose.
Finally if you want to try some of the washer machine cleaners they may help some to clean away any buildup that may be already inside the washer. However it seems silly to pay so much for a washer and have to continually maintain a problem that is caused by the washer with cleaners produced by the washers manufacturer. If you try and cut back as much as possible (2 tablespoons) on detergent, and allow as much water to be cleaned out or evaporate the smells will resolve themselves. A good test to use if you think you have a buildup is fill the washer on it hottest cycle with the drum empty. Let it wash around for a few minutes and just look inside and see if you see suds. Suds in the washer tells you soap is still in the tub somewhere.

on Jan 21, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Collection of what appears to be mold on the door gasket, and a strong moldy smell inside the washer.


The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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Sep 21, 2010 | Maytag EPIC MFW9700S Front Load Washer

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Washer Odors of Mildew


The first thing to do is to CHECK IN AND AROUND THE RUBBER DOOR BOOT (called a bellow) for small articles of clothing (like socks and underwear) that may have gotten lodged in behind the rubber. Pull the rubber back where it meets the wash tub and look behind it. It is common for small items to get stuck here, become forgotten and start to mildew. You should check this area after each wash and clean it periodically to get rid of the formation of soap scum, mold, and mildew. HINT: When you get ready to wash a load of towels, take a dirty towel and clean the door boot thoroughly (including the areas behind the rubber). Immediately place the towel in the wash and run it on a sanitary cycle. This way you eliminate the need for cleaning rags.

PERIODICALLY RUN THE WASHER ON A CLEANING CYCLE. Place the washer on the hottest setting you have (usually a Sanitary cycle) with nothing but bleach in the wash tub. Some newer models actually have a "Clean Cycle" available now just for this purpose. This helps keep the wash tub, drain lines and pump sanitized.

CHECK AND CLEAN THE DRAIN PUMP FILTER. Accumulations of debris in the drain pump filter can also cause odors. HINT: If you own a shop vac, pull the drain hose from the standpipe at the wall and pull a vacuum on the line. This will drain any residual water left in the tub, pump and drain lines BEFORE you remove the drain pump cover. This will prevent a messy clean up later.

LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN IF POSSIBLE. When not in use, leave the door open to allow the tub to air out and to keep mold and mildew from forming on the door bellow. I know this may not be desirable in some households with small children. If too much mildew forms on the rubber and it cannot be removed, replacement of the bellow may be required.

NOTE: This problem is common with front loader style washing machines. The doors on these machines have an air tight/water tight seal that is great for sealing the washer during the wash cycle, but can be terrible for collecting small garments and for not allowing the tub to properly air out when not in use. Following these simple preventive measures can go a long way towards preventing harmful mold and mildew, and towards extending the life of the door bellow and pump.



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My tromm frontload washer is not draining. I


in order to check the main drai hose the whole front panel needs to come come off.This is done by removing the lid.
then remove the screws that hold the main control board, then you need to remove the rubber boot from the front panel.then remove the screws that hold the front panel on the machine.

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The loading door gasket-- the big rubber liner doesn't drain


Some front loaders have a door boot drain hole, most do not and it is normal for some water to accumulate at bottom of boot. To help with mold and mildew use a washing machine cleaning solution, follow directions. Also a bleach solution of 2 parts water 1 part bleach sprayed on area helps. If mildew is really bad, nothing will completly remove it. Make sure you use only a high efficiency detergent.

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Mildew smell


PLEASE KKEP IN MIND THAT THE MAYTAG NEPRUNE FRONT LOAD WASHER IS WHAT GOT MAYTAG IN TROUBLE!!!!!!
Whirlpool bought MAYTAG about 3 year ago.

THe mold is because of the rubber boot in the front of the door. PLEASE check to see if the rubber seal has a small hole in the lower bottom of the seal to let small portions of water drain out. If you DO NOT have this small hole, you need to replace the rubber boot with one that has a hole.
NOW, WORD TO THE WISE and this is what I tell ALL FOLKS that have a FRONTLOAD WASHING MACHINE:
AFTER you washer in the washer LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN so that the washer can ventilate and remove any moisture that is within.
ALSO, every 2 months, get a WHITE CLOTH with WARM WATER and a littl;e bit of BLEACH and CLEAN THE RUBBER BOOT!!!!!!

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"F11" is a serial communications error between the Central Control Unit (CCU) and the Motor Control Unit (MCU). In short, you need to check all the connections between the CCU (which is located in the center of the washer directly behind the wash tub with the top casing removed), the MCU (which is located in the bottom portion of the washer on the left-hand side looking in from the back with the rear panel removed), and the connections to the drive motor (located under the wash tub in the rear).
In a nutshell, the majority of the time I have experienced this problem, it has been a failed CCU. You can find a replacement at repairclinic.com. Just type in your COMPLETE model number in the Search menu and look for item #1176592. The part lists for about $50 less than what Sears carries it for. I don't know if you will find it any cheaper.

As far as the smell goes...this is usually caused by leaving the washer door closed and not cleaning the tub periodcially. Front loaders are notorious for this problem. It is caused by residual water (which is normal) sitting in the wash tub with the door sealed. The water will sour and the tub will also mildew, because of lack of air to dry the tub out. Another item to mention is to check in and around the rubber door boot. Small items, such as socks and underwear can get caught behind the rubber seal and start to smell. This area should also be cleaned periodically. If you have checked the drain trap and drain lines thoroughly, then clean the rubber boot. Run the washer on the hottest setting you have with nothing, but bleach in the tub. This will sanitize the tub and drain lines. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times to get the problem under control. It is recommended to run a sanitary (or cleaning) cycle periodically to keep the washer clean. Leave the door OPEN when not in use to prevent mildew from forming inside the wash tub and rubber boot. If you have a serious mildew problem and cleaning does not resolve it, you may have to replace the door boot.

Post back and let know. I can provide step-by-steps instructions on how to replace the CCU. Steps on how to replace the door bellow (rubber boot) are posted under my profile under "Tips and Tricks". I hope this helps you.

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Foul odor


Run the washer on the hottest setting you have with nothing but a cup of bleach in the tub. Pour the bleach through the dispenser so it cleans the dispenser as well. Run the washer like this and let it complete the cycle. If the smell persists, remove the lower kick panel under the door and check the drain trap on the drain pump for anything that could be caught in the pump and making it smell. This odor can travel back into the the wash tub. If you decide to open the drain pump, however, here\'s a bit of advice. There is some residual water that stays in the drain lines and pump (this is normal). If you remove the drain trap cover, all this water will come gushing out. To avoid this, take the drain hose out of the standpipe and use a wet/dry shop vac to pull this remaining water from the tub and lines. This will save you from a big clean up later. Lastly, you mentioned you\'ve been cleaning the rubber door boot. Are you using 50/50 mix of bleach water in a spray bottle? Are you cleaning the area behind the door boot where it meets the wash tub? I ask this because once mildew sets into the rubber it\'s hard to get rid of it unless you use something with chlorine in it to kill it. Also, articles of clothing get caught in this area and can begin to smell. Not to mention, all the nasty residue left by soap and detergent. If all else fails, and you have tried all the advice, the last thing I have found that works, is to simply replace the entire door boot. Try the cleaning options first, and if you still have problems let me know. I can give you step-by-step advice on how to change the door boot if you wish to pursue it. The cost, by the way, is about $80. I hope this helps you.

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Yes you can do it. the door boot has come off the tub opening. first you will have to push on the door boot (gray rubber)on. There is a grove that slides into the metal opening in the washer. make sure the the door boot (gray rubber)lays flat against the outer opening. then with the spring at the bottom . start at the top put the wire in the rubber grove. until you get the the spring then pull down on the spring and tuck it into the grove.. I hope this helped [lease let me know if you get it... krazytech

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