We have a Meile washing machine that works well. Unfortunately the door
seal has developed mould, despite my wife drying it each use. Is there
anything that will remove this horrible staining black mould without
damaging the rubber(?) seal?
On Thursday, August 16, 2012 1:57:22 PM UTC+1, Phil wrote:
Is this black mould the same black mould yuo get on damp walls, if it is maybe
the ordinalry mould sprays will remove it, I had limited success on my fridge
freeze door seal or maybe it was just the rubbing that removed it.
I was surprised at how effective Sainsbury's Basics Thin Bleach was at
getting rid of black mould from the silicone seal around the bath.
Wiping it on didn't do much good so I mashed a few yards of bog paper
into something resembling a long section of dental wadding and packed
it into the corners. I then trickled said bleach onto the wadding
until it was saturated and left it to act for 24hrs.
It came up clean as new and hasn't succumbed to new black mould as
easily as before, either.
I was willing to do this because, if it hadn't worked or if it had
destroyed the seal, I'd have had to replace the silicone anyway. I'm
sure the OP could do something similar with the door seal but I'd be
worried that the bleach might shorten the life of the rubber.
Machines often warn against use of chlorine bleach because it weakens
GRP which is what the outer drums are often made of, and might result
in a later catastrophic failure during fast spin (high stress).
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If you close the door after every wash the mold will happen. A Hotpoint
engineer told me that many years ago.
Try plenty of Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner and one of those pan scrub things
that is green on one side.
On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:47:00 +0100, Mr Pounder wrote:
There seems to be a 'threshold', in that there will be no damage below a
certain pressure, then the green scritcher will 'bite'. I've some
"non-scratch" white ones (Wilko, IIRC) that might be better for this sort of
Note: the idea of a "non-scratch" scourer seems a bit wierd.
On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:01:05 +0100, Mr Pounder wrote:
Trouble is, I've seen conflicting advice on this: that the door should be
shut to preserve the shape of the seal; that the door should be open to
reduce the mold. I leave mine open and the seal is still functioning after
You don't have to see, just leave the door open long
enough so that it will have dried out, then close it.
But there is no harm in closing the door once
its dried out so you don't get a misshapen seal.
Corse that approach may not be feasible if say
you always do lots of washes per day because
you have lots of ankle biters, but most don't.
How much of a problem, really?
Ours has a fairly severe case, won't come off despite all efforts and
other than periodically wiping it down to ensure there's nothing 'loose'
that's going to come off onto clothes or fly round the room when dry, we
just live with it. Many years later, we're still here, healthy, with
unstained clothes, unsightly though it is.
What's people's major concernabout it - aspergillus infection? clothes
staining? yuck factor? leaking?
One with 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup washing soda suggested.
Might be an idea to precede this with an attack with a good kitchen
surface cleaner on kitchen towels, wiping well into the folds and flaps.
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