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Post# 964475   10/27/2017 at 06:42 (329 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

I have a 22-year-old kitty who is fairly long-haired and who I brush daily for his beautiful blonde fur. About once a month I wash his bedding: he has a fake lamb's wool square about 3 feet square. He has a double-bed sized Vellux blanket that's been washed a million times. These are folded into about 3 feet square in front of the fireplace. He also has a large terry cloth towel that sits as a separate bed in the garage on a pad.

I have a Speed Queen '432' that I purchsed about a month ago, replacing a Frigidaire front loader that wasn't broken.

I washed Cameron's things yesterday in the washer; set on warm (they weren't soiled) and of course cold rinse, and extra rinse. Regular cycle, extra-large (there was plenty of water and turnover). I noticed when I got them out to dry that the inside of the tub had tons of hair around the circumference and also down around the base of the agitator.

I took a half cup of Boraxo and ran it through a soak and spin cycle, again on extra large. When that was done, the visible hair was gone (BTW I'd wiped out the inside of the tub with Simple Green and paper towels before this).

I did notice that I got an awful lot of blonde hair in the new matching dryer lint filter--much more hair than I used to get in my old Kenmore that I replaced last month in the lint filter. But no visible hair in the dryer drum.

In my old Frigidaire Affinity front loader, I never saw hair in the stainless steel drum after this same wash, though I'd get some, not a lot, on that section of the curved inner glass door, and some, not a lot, in the draining part of the rubber gasket.

Is this difference to be expected with this new washer? It's been too many machines ago to remember what I used to get with my GE Filter-Flo machines, though I had certainly washed hairy bedding back then and don't remember having to clean the inner tub afterward. I'd prefer not having to go through the procedure that I did yesterday, monthly--plus I haven't washed any of my things since, but I don't want blonde kitty hair all over my stuff.

Also, I'd appreciate knowing from you all what is the best procedure for cleaning a tub like I faced yesterday, and thanks for your advice.

Post# 964487 , Reply# 1   10/27/2017 at 07:29 (329 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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let it dry and vacuum it out.

Post# 964496 , Reply# 2   10/27/2017 at 08:27 (329 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

In my opinion, I think you might have made a mistake buying a top loader.

Post# 964503 , Reply# 3   10/27/2017 at 08:56 (329 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
top loader?

Could be--I was sure looking at another front loader, including the Speed Queens. But, as I stated above, with my 3 sets of GE Filter-Flo machines over a 25 year period, I was very happy with them. And one thing I wanted to be able to do again was starch in my washer, which of course you can't do with a front loader. And certainly my GE machines never left hair like this; it got caught in the Filter-Flo.

Who knows? We'll see--this may well be my last one purchased of any time, if I'm lucky.

Post# 964505 , Reply# 4   10/27/2017 at 09:21 (329 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Starch? I have always found front loaders to be the only machines I could starch well in.

Post# 964513 , Reply# 5   10/27/2017 at 10:09 (329 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Isnít that what you can use rinse hold for in fl machines?

Post# 964521 , Reply# 6   10/27/2017 at 10:52 (329 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Washer Starching

I did washer starching for around 20 years in three Filter-Flo machines. Did it weekly for medical scrubs, back when they were all cotton. Also washer starched my all-cotton lab coats. Used an ElnaPress for pressing. Very easy to do. Never saw any instructions for starching in a front loader, but I don't doubt it could be done with some manipulation of controls.

My granny used to use her Maytag gasoline-powered wringer washer out in the country for washer starching. I learned not to mess with that hot, thick water! I don't remember any being done in our home when I was a kid, so much went to the dry cleaners. That was that golden time when the local dry cleaners would deliver!

Post# 964534 , Reply# 7   10/27/2017 at 12:42 (329 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I think the bottom line is, you can't beat a Filter-Flo when it comes to capturing lint and pet fur for easy disposal.


I sort of remember having a couple of incidents similar to yours after washing certain things in our Raytheon Amana, which at the time was a SQ clone, and couldn't rinse worth a damn.

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