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Clothes Have Lint On Them

  • Clothing Issues
  • Lint on Clothing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Washer & Dryers, Washing Machines

CLOTHES HAVE LINT ON THEM

Lint issues are rarely the result of a problem with the washer itself. They are usually the result of:

Load Type

Items Left in Pockets

Load Size

Clothes Line or Air Dried

Load Type

If you are washing items that are new in your unit, it is normal for them to produce more lint the first few times they are washed.

You should always sort lint producing fabrics like towels and sweaters from items that are more prone to pick up lint such as corduroys, synthetics, and permanent press items. The lint produced by a towel is easily picked up synthetic materials and polyesters. Sorting the items based upon fabric type will help to reduce any excess lint accumulating on the items.

Items Left in Pockets

Tissue or paper will disintegrate during the cycle and look like lint at the end of the cycle if left in your pockets. All pockets should be emptied prior to loading the machine so that items like receipts and tissues are not washed with the clothing. If you suspect this is the issue, check the drain filter to be sure it is clean and clear of obstruction.

Load Size

For cycles such as Sanitary, Heavy Duty, and Normal the washer can be fully loaded but not tightly packed. Overloading the machine will cause lint to get trapped, rather than rinsing out with the water. Never fill the drum of your washer more than ¾ of the way full, or no more than 22 lbs of dry linen.

Clothes Line or Air Dried

Line or air drying will not remove lint from clothing like a dryer will. This is because the air movement and tumbling of a dryer actually removes lint from the load. If you’re line or air drying clothing, be sure to shake the clothing out well. It may be necessary to use a lint roller / brush to remove additional lint when clothes aren’t dried using an electric or gas dryer.

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