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LG Tub Cleaning - Front Load & Top Load Washer

Troubleshooting Laundry Accessories, Washer Dryer Combos, Washers Last Updated 05/10/2018
LG Tub Cleaning - Front & Top Load Washer

LG TUB CLEAN is a maintenance routine that is recommended to keep your washing machine in optimal performance. This help library content will show you how to clean your tub, dispenser, water inlet filters and the exterior part of your machine.

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Tub cleaning keeps your washing machine in optimal performance by removing detergent buildup and other residue, and keep your wash drum nice and clean. We recommend running tub clean function at least once in a month.

  1. Open the dispenser.

    Remove any clothing in the wash drum and open the dispenser.

  2. Add cleaning product.

    Add liquid chlorine bleach, powder cleaner or tub cleaner. Do not add any laundry detergent or fabric softener when using TUB CLEAN.

    If you're using a tub cleaning product, follow the directions indicated on its packaging. Note: If the product is powdered, remove the liquid detergent cup and add the power to the main wash compartment.

    You may use distilled white vinegar. Pour 1 cup full of white vinegar into the drum.

  3. Start tub clean.

    Close the drawer and the lid, select TUB CLEAN and press START/PAUSE. When cycle is done, wait for washer to cool down and then open the lid.

    Use a towel or soft cloth to wipe around the washer lid opening, lid, and door glass.

Important Tips

  • It's always a good idea to remove items from the washer as soon as the tub clean cycle is completed. Leaving damp clothing in the washer can cause wrinkling, color transfer and odor.

  • After using TUB CLEAN, leave the washer lid open for ventilation and drying inside the washer.

  • If a musty smell already exists, run TUB CLEAN once a week, for 3 consecutive weeks.

FRONT LOAD WASHERS ONLY - Cleaning the drain pump filter is very important to keep your unit from leaking and performing in optimal performance.

  1. Turn off the washer.

    Press the POWER button to turn the washing machine off, and remove the plug from the outlet.

    turn off washer
  2. Service panel.

    Locate the service panel (drain filter area) on the bottom-left corner of the unit, and open it.

    service panel
  3. Unclip the drain hose.

    The drain hose is located beside the drain pump, Unclip it, and remove the plug (cap) from the drain hose to drain the water remaining inside a wash tub.

    Inspect the drain hose to ensure its not cracked or damaged.

    unclip the drain hose

    Note: Do not pull the hose too far out, it will kink the hose, and prevent the water from draining out.

  4. Remove the drain filter.

    Drain the excess water into a short bucket or shallow pan. After all the remaining water is drained from the drain hose, twist the pump filter counter-clockwise to remove it from the washer.

    remove drain filter

    Note: The amount of water will vary according to when the leak in the cycle occurred.

  5. Clean pump filter.

    Clean the pump filter with a soft-bristle brush with warm water. Do not wash the pump filter inside the dish washer.

    clean pump filter
  6. Clean the base.

    Clean the drain filter opening and it's base on the washing machine with a soft-bristle brush to remove debris.

    clean the base
  7. Return drain hose.

    Place the cap back into the drain hose, and re-attach the hose to the washer.

    Ensure that the drain hose is pushed in all the way back. It should not be split, cracked or damaged.

    return drain hose
  8. Return drain pump filter.

    Insert the drain pump filter back into the washing machine, making sure it is inserted securely. Close the drain pump filter cover.

    When inserting the filter, make sure it is threaded correctly and tightened all the way. it should stop turning once it is tightened.

    return drain filter

Important Tips

  • Make sure you tighten the drain hose cap (stopper screw).

  • Make sure the stopper screw on the drain hose is not stripped or damaged.

  • Make sure the filter is inserted properly, and securely closed.

You need to clean the detergent dispenser properly; this simple step is mostly underestimated. Tiny debris, which are not easily visible do not take much effort to prevent proper dispensing, and cause the compartment to overfill and leak.

  1. Remove the detergent dispenser

    Pull out the dispenser towards you until it stops. Locate the depressed tab between the bleach and softener compartment. While pushing down on the tab, pull the detergent tray out from the washer.

    After removing the dispenser tray, look inside the compartment to see if anything is obstructing the flow of water into the drum.

    Remove the detergent dispenser
  2. Rinse and clean with water and brush.

    Once the detergent dispenser is removed from the washer, disassemble the inserts from the tray, and clean each of the components with warm water, and a soft bristle brush.

    rinse the dispenser with water
  3. Replace the dispenser back.

    After the detergent dispenser is cleaned and rinsed, re-assemble the inserts, and replace the detergent dispenser into the washer.

    Replace the dispenser back

Over time, you water's inlet filters can get clogged—especially if you live in an area with hard water. If your washer detects that water is not entering the dispenser properly, an error message will be displayed. Cleaning the water inlet filters is simple and will help your washer run smoothly for longer.

  1. Turn the water off at the wall valves.

    Press the POWER button to turn off your washer, and unplug it before cleaning. Turn off both water taps completely.

    Turn off home drain
  2. Disconnect inlet hose.

    Unscrew the hot and cold water lines from the back of the washer.

    disconnect inlet hose
  3. Remove inlet filter.

    Use needle-nose pliers, or some other grabbing tool with small tips, and pull the filters out of the inlet valves.

    remove filter out
  4. Remove buildup.

    Soak them in white vinegar or a lime scale remover. Be careful not to damage the water inlets. Wash thoroughly in warm water until all signs of build-up are gone.

    Rinse thoroughly before reinstalling. Press the filters back into place and reattach the water lines.

    Wash the inlet hose

Some simple cleaning to the exterior can keep your front load washer looking as good as new. It can be cleaned with warm water and a mild, nonabrasive common detergent. Wipe off any spills with a soft, damp cloth.

Do not use methylated spirits, solvents, or similar products, steel wool or abrasive cleaners. They could damage the surface of your machine.


To remove stains on the door seal, wear rubber gloves and eye protection, and then follow these steps:

  1. Dilute half cup (177ml) liquid chlorine bleach with 1 gallon (3.8L) of warm or hot water.

  2. Use the solution to wipe down all surfaces of the gasket and remove the deposits that are causing odor. Make sure you fold back the lip of the gasket to get under the edge where residue usually builds up.

  3. Wipe the gasket with a dry cloth.

  4. Leave the door open to allow the gasket to dry.

  5. If the gasket cannot be cleaned properly, it may have to be replaced.

Author - Sanmi Ajanaku

Sanmi is a Home Appliance expert and author of this help library article. Please leave him feedback below about the page.

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