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LINT

Lint is small fibers of fabric that have broken off during wear or laundering.  It is easily brushed away from the fabric.  Some lint will always be created by any washer and flushed down the drain.  Excessive linting is usually due to reasons other than the washer design or mechanical malfunction.

Causes:

  1. Improper sorting.  Washing lint-givers (terry cloth, towels) with lint-catchers (corduroy, velveteen, most manufactured fibers).  Separate the lint-givers from the lint-catchers to improve performance.
  2. Incorrect amount of detergent.  A full capful or scoopful of detergent in the washer provides the most benefit in holding lint and soil in suspension. 
  3. Overloading.  Top loading washers: place dry, unfolded clothes loosely in the tub to the top row of holes for a maximum load.  Front loading washers:  The tub can be loaded completely full, but not packed tightly.

Items mistaken for lint:

Residue: 

A white substance left on the clothes at the end of the wash cycle.  It is NOT EASILY BRUSHED OFF and over time, colors may dull.

Pilling:

Manufactured fibers such as polyester, acrylic, or blends of these fibers have a natural tendency to "pill" due to abrasion from normal wear.  When a fiber breaks, it simply balls up on the fabric surface.  This is characteristic of these fibers, and is not the fault of the washer or dryer.  Lint can become enmeshed in the little balls of fiber making the pills appear more obvious. 

If your lint screen is not gathering lint and the dryer is taking too long to dry, you likely have an airflow problem and need to have your vent cleaned.  If cleaning the vent does not remedy the problem, you will need to have the dryer serviced.  The Appliance EMT can repair your dryer if you have a problem.