Do dirty post ride clothes damage the washing machine?? Need evidence for wife?
Filling your washing machine with large amounts of grit and dirt is a great way to block the filter. It can also leave grit in the wahsing machine for the next load, which might not be a good thing if your washing anything delicate. Generally i flick/scrape most of the crud off or if its really bad, blast with a hose/rinse in shower.Posted 7 years agoPeterPoddyMember
We have an 8 year old Indesit washing machine, which wasn't expensive new. It's washed dirty MTB clothing at least once a week for it's entire life. It's also washed Camelbaks, muddy towels, shoes and rucksacs too.
Not once have we ever prewashed anything.
It's fine. Not the slightetst problem ever.
Stop worrying about it!!! 🙂
EDITPosted 7 years ago
Filter? What filter? Never touched it!TaffMember
After yesterdays ride I had to rinse them off. The mud tends to clump together and block the waste pipe but also not all the little bits of crap get rinsed out in the fuirst wash so your second wash containing your tighty whiteys will have little bits of dirt and leaves on it.Posted 7 years agostumpynya12Member
Mrs Stumpy and I quote " have you washed your mucky bike kit in here without rinsing it outside in the -6 deg perma frost outside ?" now did I lie or did she see me ? " Why darling what seems to be the problem?" "Yes or no, answer the question" to which I reply " Errr No" " In that case then your white shirt, T shirts and white boxers must have always had grit,sand and mud marks on as part of a design feature" Doh !Posted 7 years agosamuriMember
Why are you having a discussion about cleaning with your wife? Just throw them on a heap on the floor. The only time you need to get involved in cleaning discussions is when she's not done it in time for your next ride.
(I say it doesn't damage the machine though). It all gets washed down the drain pipe and collects in the filter. Now when the filter needs cleaning out, *that* a mans job. Make sure you bring your entire toolkit with you and wear full overalls and big bobba boots. Spend a couple of hours looking inside the machine and sucking your teeth/shaking your head, drink about 4 cups of tea while you're doing it. When your wife has the audacity to question if you know what you're doing, give her a withering look and say it's a big job and she'll have to pay you in kind.
(I'm just going off what my wife says the plumbers always do at our house)Posted 7 years agosimon_gSubscriber
My local washing machine repair place's website:
Rinse off gritty mud.
The items to be avoided include rubber-backed bath mats, pillows, duvets, old rugs, anything thickly covered in gritty mud, curtains with the hooks on, anything that is so old that it is in danger of disintegrating and single heavy items that cannot be evenly spread around the drum.
I normally give my riding clothes and shoes a quick blast with the dirtworker to get the worst of the mud off before getting changed, then they're fine to go in the washing machine when I get home. Else give them a blast in the shower when you're home.Posted 7 years agocookeaaSubscriber
If they’re only a bit dirty they go straight in, if my kit is very muddy I just peg it up on the washing line and leave it for the rain to rinse through for 24Hrs (normally if it’s muddy out there’s bound to be some rain along) or maybe break out the pressure washer they don’t need to be spotless just the major clumps gone…
My missus hasn’t got a clue about the washing machine anyway, she knows of it but seems unsure as to how it works or indeed what it actually does, I do a fair chunk of the washing, a bit of mud won’t kill it…Posted 7 years agowormholeSubscriber
i had to take my waste hose off and flush it out wiht a hose pipe there was so much dirt lodged in it it started to overflow??? tell tale water under the machine on kitchen floor… oops! not popular. now once or twice a year i pull the machine out and do it again. better safe than sorry. anyway if i have to shell out on a new machine there is less for me to spend on bits for the bikes eh?Posted 7 years agoocriderMember
Our 4 year old washing machine needed the visit of an 'expert' not so long ago because of dodgy grating sounds emanating from within the barrel somewhere.
I had been getting it in the neck for a while about not rinsing my bike gear beforehand and surely it was all the smeg off my garb that had created the problem.
Anyway, 'expert' sets upon the machine in a Graeme Obree styley only to pluck out a bra wire.
No complaints anymore here 😀Posted 7 years agocoffeekingMember
I usually put my wetsuits (covered in sand) through the rinse of my washer. No probs. All my bike clothes go straight in. Have done for decades. The only parts that would really see wear would be the drain pump and that's a centrifugal type of pump, the wear on it would be next to negligible. Other parts will fail first due to wear and tear. Get on with it.Posted 7 years ago
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