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FABRIC DAMAGE AND CLOTHES TEARING

Causes:

  1. Age and Normal wear
    1. Inspect all clothing before placing in washer.
    2. Use a delicate or hadn washable cycle with the items.
    3. Hand wash the item in a sink or wash tub.
  2. Chemical damage.  Contact with chlorine bleach, battery acid, acne medication, solutions used by hairdressers or household cleaners containing bleach, etc. can cause tears, holes, or yellow discoloration.  Edges around the holes will be very weak and tear easily.  Use an ultraviolet light to aid in identifying damage.  Damaged areas will appear blackened or dark under the light.  Hold light about 24 inches from the item.  (Terry cloth is not suitable for testing)
    1. Use the proper amount of chlorine bleach stated on the back of the bottle.
    2. Use a bleach dispencer if available or dilute one cup bleach in four cups of water and add to the tub when agitation starts.
    3. Avoid wiping up bleach spills with laundry.
    4. Avoid contact of laundry items with skin medication containing benzoyl peroxide.  After using the product, wash hands with soap and water and dry hands with paper towels. 
  3. Failure to mend rips and tears before laundering
    1. Any rips or tears need to be mended before washing or the laundering process may make them larger.
  4. Fraying occurs from abrasion during normal war around the edges of towels, pillow cases and on collar tips and cuffs, etc.  For example, the collar tip rubbing against the shirt while it is being worn.
    1. Do not overload.  Clothes must circulate freely in the tub.  Permanent press loads should be smaller than regular loads.
    2. Sort carefully.  Do not wash and dry heavy, abrasive articles, such as towels, jeans, or sweatshirts with permanent press or delicate items.
    3. Avoid over-drying.  This may cause abrasion of shirt collars and cuffs.  Remove shirts from dryer as soon as they are dry.
  5. Insects, mice, or pets.  Crickets, silverfish, and moths may eat fabric, causing holes of varying size.  Pets may use their claws to cause damage.
    1. Look for insects on the clothing.  Customers may need to use moth balls or an alternative storage area to protect clothing.
  6. Poor construction.
    1. Look for seams which are not completely finished off or for any loose threads.
    2. Some garments are made of lower quality fabrics.
    3. Check “second” or outlet store purchases carefully for defects.
  7. Snagging/tiny holes.  Cotton/polyester knits snag very easily because they are a series of loops.  Sharp or rough objects can catch one or more loops causing a snag.  This may occur in the wash tub if an item is washed with other items having zippers or hooks.  Some snags may be manufacturing defects unnoticed at the time of purchase.  However most snagging occurs during normal wear and use.
    1. Avoid washing any rough objects with items which may snag.  Close all zippers and fasten hooks and eyes.
    2. Do not overload.  Match the water level to the size of the load.
    3. Check washer tub, agitator or door for rough spots, etc., with a nylon hose.  Any rough spots will snag the nylons and identify a potential snag.

If you still have a problem with your washer or dryer, call the Appliance EMT for service.  Help is on the way!