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Post# 311603   10/26/2008 at 09:15 (4,132 days old) by phamq ()        

I picked up a Kenmore dryer. The drum was dyed blue like someone spilled ink. I tried to clean but only made little progress. I see other Kenmore dryers on Craiglist also has blue drum. I wonder what the cause?

Post# 311604 , Reply# 1   10/26/2008 at 09:18 (4,132 days old) by phamq ()        

This is not mine, but the drum looks like it

Post# 311605 , Reply# 2   10/26/2008 at 09:22 (4,132 days old) by askomiele (Belgium Ghent)        

Is'nt that caused by drying lots of Jeans and transferring blue dye to the white finish of the drum. Here they make no more white drums for that reason.. Stainless steal doesn't pick up the colors of bleeding fabrics.

Post# 311607 , Reply# 3   10/26/2008 at 09:33 (4,132 days old) by phamq ()        

I guess that must be the cause because it's so common in Kenmore dryers.

Post# 311608 , Reply# 4   10/26/2008 at 09:46 (4,132 days old) by pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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I've also been told liquid fabric softeners can do this to a dryer's drum.

Post# 311617 , Reply# 5   10/26/2008 at 11:15 (4,132 days old) by appnut (TX)        
I've also been told liquid fabric softeners can do this

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I have no evidence of that in my experience. My 1986 LK dryer didn't have any blue hues to it nor does my 1994 Maytag Dependable Care. And I use fabric softner on every load. Mind you, I also only wash a load of jeans about once a month or every 6 weeks. Can't wear them to work and only wear them on weekends to church and in the winter time. But I have seen this when I know families wash jeans a couple, to numerous times a week. I also turn my jeans inside out when I wash them so there is less dye exposure. That also may help.

Post# 311620 , Reply# 6   10/26/2008 at 11:31 (4,132 days old) by soapnsuds ()        
I think it's called

OVERLOADING! That dryer has continuously been packed way beyond full with jeans. My mom had a white dryer like that and we never had blue inside. Nice normal sized loads, and Low to Med drying temps.

I wonder if you could wipe the inside with a spong and bleach water?


Post# 311622 , Reply# 7   10/26/2008 at 11:45 (4,132 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Indigo dye is one of the most unstable and will bleed onto anything, especially when garments are new and indigo concentration is highest. The white powder-coating on dryer drums is particularly susceptible to dye transfer and virtually nothing but sandpaper or sandblasting will remove it. Since it's been "heat set" into the paint, it won't transfer onto other fabrics being dried and other than being rather unsightly, it's harmless.

Post# 311623 , Reply# 8   10/26/2008 at 12:02 (4,131 days old) by phamq ()        

so I guess it's futile trying to get rid of the blue. But I don't see anywhere else but Kenmore dryers

Post# 311630 , Reply# 9   10/26/2008 at 14:08 (4,131 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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A new drum will solve the problem.....8^)

Post# 311641 , Reply# 10   10/26/2008 at 16:08 (4,131 days old) by lasvegasrox ()        
omg its like common sense

OK...All you need to do is take ajax and make a paste and with a little elbow grease it comes right off, then dry some rags and it will be all sandblasing that just made my day :P


Post# 311655 , Reply# 11   10/26/2008 at 18:16 (4,131 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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Why doesn't Sears and Whirlpool just paint the drum a nice shade of blue in the first place? Or does that just make too much sense?

Post# 311656 , Reply# 12   10/26/2008 at 18:30 (4,131 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Blue HUE here Too.

Post# 311667 , Reply# 13   10/26/2008 at 19:48 (4,131 days old) by soapnsuds ()        
What happened to stainless steel?

For a while, it seemed that all dryer's where coming in SS, then the last year or two, seems all the dryers are going back to the cheaper white drum. Is it even porcelain anymore or just painted white?

I just got my new frigidaire set and got the SS dryer. I think it was only like $40 more for the SS. Well worth the 'extra' cost in my book. Certainly worth it as opposed to scrubbing the drum with ajax! Of course, I can't seem to keep a washer/dryer for more than a year, TWO at the most, so I suppose I really shouldn't even worry about it. LOL

Post# 311670 , Reply# 14   10/26/2008 at 20:12 (4,131 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Never a blue drum in nearly 30 years of use with the 1981 series 70 Kenmore dryer, and I use fabric softener with every load. It would actually be nice if I did have a blue colored drum since the original paint completely wore off the entire drum/baffles ect MANY years ago. It makes me wonder what the internals are made of since I haven't had a rust issue........yet.

Post# 311680 , Reply# 15   10/26/2008 at 21:27 (4,131 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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our 2003 Maytag Neptune dryer has some blue in the white drum too.

our old maytag dryer had a dark blue drum, and we never noticed the blue dye.

Post# 311685 , Reply# 16   10/26/2008 at 22:39 (4,131 days old) by phamq ()        

Well, I have a 94 Kenmore purchased new. Up to now, its drum is still in original color. But we have few jeans and sun-dry our clothes whenever weather permits. I thought somehow liquid ink (from markers maybe) accidentally gets into the dryer. It's new to me that other brands get dyed too.

Post# 311692 , Reply# 17   10/26/2008 at 23:42 (4,131 days old) by jons1077 (Vancouver, Washington, USA)        
It's blue jeans

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It's not overloading with jeans. It's just simply drying jeans. I've had a couple of white drum Kenmores and I was a single guy at the time who wore jeans alot. The most I ever loaded was 6 pairs. Within a year the drum was blue. That's all it is.

Post# 311693 , Reply# 18   10/26/2008 at 23:49 (4,131 days old) by fredfred9633 ()        

it also happens when you leave mealtable objects in your pockets

Post# 311701 , Reply# 19   10/27/2008 at 06:26 (4,131 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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Post# 311720 , Reply# 20   10/27/2008 at 09:35 (4,131 days old) by jeff_adelphi (Adelphi, Maryland, USA)        

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I have noticed that dryers with very long vents or vents that are clogged up, have more problems with dye transfer. I have one customer with a very long dryer vent, who has bright red bath towels, and the dryer drum is all pink. With poor air flow a dryer gets hotter and steamier inside and this might help the dyr transfer.

Post# 311783 , Reply# 21   10/27/2008 at 13:36 (4,130 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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All -

I don't think this is due just to blue jeans only. Like many things, there is not one simple culprit, rather I think it is a combination of things.

I have a 1986 Kenmore dryer, which I bought new. It is one of the earliest models with the white finish drum. Years ago it was developing that blue hue, which I didn't like, so I called the Whirlpool help line and asked what was going on. They told me it was due to fabric softener sheets, and film build-up that was getting discolored, not the drum itself.

At that point I quit using dryer softener sheets for many years, and the blueness (which was never as healthy as in the pics above) eventually wore off. I certainly never quit wearing or washing my jeans though.

So, I'd venture a suggestion that fabric softener film has built up on many dryer drum and bulkhead surfaces, then a transfer prone garment such as jeans, new towels, etc. transfer their color to the softener build-up. I think it a lot more likely that softener film could be discolored vs. high-heat enamel.

What is odd is that I have a 1978 Kenmore dryer as well, which has the previous gray finish (what hasn't worn off) and I've never seen any sign of discoloration in it, though it's harder to see. It must be something particular to the white finish that attracts or retains the softener. I think the comments about the venting efficiency are especially smart - higher internal temperatues (due to poor venting) probably would encourage softener build-up.

I suspect a cleaner/polish capable of removing surface stains and oxidation from a car paint would remove the discolored softener film.

I didn't want that blue color in my dryer, and it was all my clothes in there. If that were a dryer I bought used, I'd especially want it gone.


Post# 311800 , Reply# 22   10/27/2008 at 14:46 (4,130 days old) by maytagwc401 ()        

I have a Whirlpool dryer for 10 years now. White Drum. I used liquid fabric softner in every load. I never used dryer sheets. I hate them. I always wash jeans with other dark items. (I never do exlusive jeans loads). I always use the lower temperature for all clothing except towels. My drum is still very white. The only blue tinge is the bottom part of the inside of the door.

Post# 311811 , Reply# 23   10/27/2008 at 16:06 (4,130 days old) by xyz ()        

I remeber a post on here a couple of years back about a guy's Dad who had an old dryer, Kenmore maybe, that he exclusively used to tumble his pecans to polish them. I thought that to also be a nice gentle way of also polishing the drum. Noisy as hell but gentle. Never tried it. I have 3 pecan trees but still never tried it. I can only imagine the noise of such. Can you also roast peanuts in a Kenmore?

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