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Old November 8th 08, 01:00 PM posted to free.uk.diy.home,alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.frugal-living,uk.d-i-y
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we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems to
have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal. Is there
any good way of removing this black stain please? Thanks.


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Old November 8th 08, 01:05 PM posted to free.uk.diy.home,alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.frugal-living,uk.d-i-y
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john d hamilton wrote:
we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems to
have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal. Is there
any good way of removing this black stain please? Thanks.


soap and water.

mild chlorine solution.

leave door open when not inuse.
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Old November 8th 08, 01:10 PM posted to free.uk.diy.home,alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.frugal-living,uk.d-i-y
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john d hamilton wrote:

we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems
to have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal.
Is there any good way of removing this black stain please? Thanks.

soap and water.

mild chlorine solution.

leave door open when not inuse.




Chlorine is the only practical way to kill the mold. Unfortunately,
it can adversely affect the rubber seal. Do start with a weak solution
- perhaps 5% solution of 5% chlorine.

Increase the strength, only if needed so as to minimize damage to the seal.
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1 writes:
john d hamilton wrote:
we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems to
have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal. Is there
any good way of removing this black stain please? Thanks.


soap and water.

mild chlorine solution.


Don't use chlorine (bleach) if the washing machine has a GRP
(glass reinforced resin/plastic) outer drum, as it will make
it brittle and liable to crack. (Or at least, keep it well
clear of the plastic.)

Don't know what AEG parts cost, but spare parts like the
door seal are very cheap for Hotpoint machines, and I would
consider replacing it.

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Andrew Gabriel
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Old November 8th 08, 01:22 PM posted to free.uk.diy.home,alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.frugal-living,uk.d-i-y
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On Nov 8, 1:00*pm, "john d hamilton" wrote:
we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems to
have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal. * Is there
any good way of removing this black stain please? * *Thanks.


I used HCl based patio cleaner for this, it was very effective.
However it needs to be brushed repeatedly to work, and of course you
cant do a wash cycle with HCl.

A boiling hot wash should kill any mould. LEave the door ajar and hot
wash monthly to prevent recurrence. You might also need to demould the
soap dispensing area.


NT
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clams_casino writes:

Chlorine is the only practical way to kill the mold.


Actually, removing what it's living on (which is a residue deposited
on the surfaces) is the only way to get rid of it long-term. Chlorine
will temporarily kill it, but there's a food source still there and
very like a high concentration of spores from other areas in the
machine, and it will inevitably reinfect unless residue food source
is removed. Chlorine is useless at cleaning things, but it's good at
making dirt invisible;-)

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we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems to
have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal. Is there
any good way of removing this black stain please? Thanks.


After 10 years, you will soon need to replace the door gasket
(if available.) After removing the old one you can clean thoroughly
(with chlorine) the groove that secures the gasket.

--
Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)


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On Nov 8, 7:16*am, (Andrew Gabriel) wrote:
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* * * * 1 writes:

john d hamilton wrote:
we have got a ten year old AEG washing machine, and black mould seems to
have penetrated into the light grey rubbery-plastic door seal. * Is there
any good way of removing this black stain please? * *Thanks.


soap and water.


mild chlorine solution.


Don't use chlorine (bleach) if the washing machine has a GRP
(glass reinforced resin/plastic) outer drum, as it will make
it brittle and liable to crack. (Or at least, keep it well
clear of the plastic.)

Don't know what AEG parts cost, but spare parts like the
door seal are very cheap for Hotpoint machines, and I would
consider replacing it.

--
Andrew Gabriel
[email address is not usable -- followup in the newsgroup]


Now dont you just think a clothes washer where you use bleach to
wash, as a normal everyday additive, would have been thought about by
the manufacturer.

Use bleach, keep door open when not in use.
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ransley writes:
Now dont you just think a clothes washer where you use bleach to
wash, as a normal everyday additive, would have been thought about by
the manufacturer.


Yes, which is why manufacturers have warned against using bleach
in washing machines for decades. It's brilliant for giving you
fractured plastic parts.

Bleach used in washing detergents (in Europe) isn't chlorine based.

(Note, I'm answering for UK/Europe as two of the newsgroups the OP
included are uk-based. Soap powders used in the US are completely
different from the washing detergents used in Europe, and machines
have completely different washing cycles for the two products.)

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Andrew Gabriel
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Old November 8th 08, 03:43 PM posted to free.uk.diy.home,alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.frugal-living,uk.d-i-y
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On Nov 8, 9:09*am, (Andrew Gabriel) wrote:
In article ,
* * * * ransley writes:

*Now dont you just think a clothes washer where you use bleach to
wash, as a normal everyday additive, would have been thought about by
the manufacturer.


Yes, which is why manufacturers have warned against using bleach
in washing machines for decades. It's brilliant for giving you
fractured plastic parts.

Bleach used in washing detergents (in Europe) isn't chlorine based.

(Note, I'm answering for UK/Europe as two of the newsgroups the OP
included are uk-based. Soap powders used in the US are completely
different from the washing detergents used in Europe, and machines
have completely different washing cycles for the two products.)

--
Andrew Gabriel
[email address is not usable -- followup in the newsgroup]


And here no laundrymat says dont use the bleach we sell here. Gee my
machine tells me how much bleach to use, and just when to add it, ON
THE DOOR of the washer. And there aint no warning, and there have been
no problems. These things are designed to be used, not worried about.
It would be like saying if you have dirty stained clothes dont buy
this machine, buy that one.
 




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