How to properly load a washer-extractor

Using Your Community’s Laundry Room Equipment

Welcome to another FMB Laundry How To Video! This video teaches residents, guests, and anyone else using your laundry room’s equipment the proper way to load a washer-extractor!

Property and community managers, please feel free to share this informational video with your residents and let them know they can contact FMB Laundry with any questions about how to best use their laundry equipment.

Step By Step Instructions

Video not working properly? Here’s how to properly load a washer-extractor:

  • Open the door and fully load the machine with like items. Mixing weights may cause an unbalanced condition.
  • The machine may look fully loaded, but there will be a void at the top of the basket.
  • Fill this void with additional laundry so that the machine is completely full, and close the door.
  • Add the recommended amount of detergent, softener, and/or bleach as needed.
  • Choose the proper cycle based on items loaded into the machine and press “Start” to begin the wash cycle.

While it seems easy and obvious, many people still overload their laundry room’s washer-extractor.

Why Residents Need to Know How to properly load a washer-extractor

Due to the way washing machines work, proper loading of clothes is crucially important. This is especially relevant in community laundry rooms where washers are heavily used. Here are a few of the potential problems caused by overloading.

Clothes Remain Dirty

As a result of overloading a washer, clothes can actually be just as dirty as they were before the wash cycle. This is because they do not soak, spin, and rinse properly, meaning the clothes are not actually being cleaned. Another reason clothes remain dirty is that bigger loads require more detergent. Clothes can actually come out smelling just as bad, or worse, than when they went in the washing machine!

Damage to Machines

Since washers are designed to handle certain sized loads, overloading puts undue stress on the machine’s components. Over time, this can lead to damage and even motor failure. To dispel a common myth, socks do not disappear from washing machines. They do, however, get stuck in washing machine drains due to overloading. This can ultimately cause machines to overflow, flood the laundry room, and break. Avoiding overloading is a surefire to keep your machines working.

Unnecessary Resident Complaints

When a property’s laundry equipment isn’t working correctly, it typically causes a flurry of resident complaints. Since overloading leads to dirty clothes and broken machines, it also leads to resident complaints. When resident’s do not overload machines, they indirectly reduce the amount of laundry room related complaints in the property management office!

When resident’s know how to properly load a washer-extractor, it keeps their clothes cleaner and means less broken machines in the community laundry room.

Using Other Laundry Room Equipment

While knowing how to properly load a washer-extractor is important, it is just one of many important steps in properly using your laundry room’s equipment. Ready to learn how to best use your laundry room’s other equipment? Check out all of our How To Video Posts!

This video was provided by Alliance Laundry Systems, the world wide leader in commercial laundry equipment and exclusive manufacturer of Speed Queen Washers and Dryers.

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