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is there a maintenance cyle on zanussi zwf 1630W
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Post# 540775   8/31/2011 at 03:14 (4,476 days old) by ssnjimb (Broadway)        


We have a zanussi zwf 1630 W and it has never been maintained (cleaned out)

Is there a maintenance wash cyle option (secret) or obvious that we can select on this machine


Post# 540776 , Reply# 1   8/31/2011 at 03:16 (4,476 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
90 degree wash

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Just wash at 90 or 95 degrees once a month! It should help!
I find that a medium squirt of washing up liquid should help!


Post# 540777 , Reply# 2   8/31/2011 at 03:20 (4,476 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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... wash at higher temparatures should help the machine. We used to do a 30 degree wash a lot in the Newwave but then after a wash [ maintinance ] at 90, we use 60 a lot!


Post# 540778 , Reply# 3   8/31/2011 at 03:50 (4,476 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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Generally speaking European machines don't have a maintenance cycle at all....and none of the handbooks until very recently (if now at all!) will even talk about it.


Basically, if you are:


- using a powdered detergent;

- generally doing warm or hot (40-60c) washes; and

- not heavy on fabric conditioner.... won't need to do one...EVER


On the other hand......if you:


- use a liquid;

- wash at cooler temperatures (30c - cold) without ever using 60c; and

- are a heavy fabric conditioner user.....


....then you may need to do one every couple of months. Just select the longest, hottest programme and use a 1/2 scoop of powdered clothes.


If your machine has no offensive odour, that is, it smells very faintly of washing powder or 'clean', or obvious mould in the door boot, I don't think you'll have anything to worry about.

Post# 540853 , Reply# 4   8/31/2011 at 12:52 (4,476 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

As ronhic says, you won't really need to do one unless you do almost all your laundry at cold or 30, or use an awful lot of liquids and fabric softener.

The odd occasion I've felt the need to do one (rather than just a quick rinse out after washing animal bedding to get rid of pet hair), I tend to use a quick 90 cotton cycle with a small amount of detergent. NOT washing up liquid as it'll foam up too much and won't actually make much difference to the machine.

OTOH, if you use 60 cycles fairly regularly for towels and the like, you'll most likely not need to do one at all.

Post# 540872 , Reply# 5   8/31/2011 at 13:20 (4,476 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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me i mostly wash in cold water and use liquid detergents as well as liquid fabric softner from time to time and i never needed to do a maitnance cleaning cycle on my washer. and if i had to do one it would be with afresh tabs or tide cleaner or half a cup of white vinegar in the water in the tub to clean the washer.

Post# 540879 , Reply# 6   8/31/2011 at 13:36 (4,476 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Where about in Scotland are you?

Post# 540887 , Reply# 7   8/31/2011 at 13:58 (4,476 days old) by jetsystem1200 ()        
Would I have to do a maintenance wash if...

I wash at 40 to 60 degrees C and only use fabric condtioner for things like towels but use liquid detergents (putting them in a dosing ball in the drum)?

Post# 540895 , Reply# 8   8/31/2011 at 14:46 (4,476 days old) by glenfieldmathk1 (Glenfield-Leicester-UK)        

Thats weird, I wouldn't use softener for towels as that makes them go hard over time! (From my Experience) Though clothes I do use fabric softener.
I always use tablets, as they are pre measured, no over or under dosing, though I do perform a maintenance wash about once very 4-5 months, usually with a kind of Citric acid (you know hotpoint washing machine cleaner-the old stuff!) and occasionally with Bleach, and I run it on a cottons 95.
I do occasionally wash at 95 anyway with tea towels, though usually only wash at max 60C, and that's enough to keep it clean anyway.

Just use 95C once every few months and it will be fine.

Post# 540908 , Reply# 9   8/31/2011 at 16:35 (4,476 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

paulc - just outside Edinburgh...

jetsystem1200 - I would say no, you don't really need to do one in that case. The ones you do at 60 should be enough to make sure there's no problem :)

I do the opposite - I *never* use fabric softener on towels 'cause I hate how it makes them soak up less, and if I do use it it is on clothes and bedlinen, but not all the time.

Post# 540911 , Reply# 10   8/31/2011 at 17:27 (4,476 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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I had no idea another washer fan lived so close.....drop me a message.

Post# 541221 , Reply# 11   9/2/2011 at 12:19 (4,474 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

Paul - haha! Sure, nice to know other people nearby! Been around here for ages, but mostly read rather than posting.

Post# 541835 , Reply# 12   9/5/2011 at 16:40 (4,471 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

how do I drop you a message? *feels stupid*

Post# 541836 , Reply# 13   9/5/2011 at 16:49 (4,471 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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click on msg at the top of the page, then send new message.

Post# 541838 , Reply# 14   9/5/2011 at 16:56 (4,471 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

I don't see it... is that upgraded only for messages?

Post# 541839 , Reply# 15   9/5/2011 at 16:58 (4,471 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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must be, Well you can get me on facebook (Paul Crombie) or email me at

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