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Efficient Steps to Safely Store a Clothes Washer in Self Storage

If you're seeking guidance on how to store a clothes washer in self storage, you've come to the right place. In this article, we will provide you with five easy steps to help you properly prepare and store your washing machine.

Step 1: Run the Washer

Begin by running a normal clean cycle on your washer. If your washer allows temperature control, pour a mixture of cold water and a tablespoon of vinegar and set the temperature to warm. Run the wash cycle for at least a minute. If your washer doesn't have temperature control, mix warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar and run a normal wash cycle. This step helps rinse the machine and its drains of any dirt or detergent residue. Once complete, drain the water and leave the washer door open for 24 hours to allow any remaining moisture to dry out.

Step 2: Disconnect Valves

Once the machine is dry, turn off the main power supply and unplug the power cord. Drain, turn off, and disconnect the water supply hoses from their connection to the machine using pliers. Empty the drainage hose of any excess water and disconnect it from the valve. You can choose to leave the drainage hose connected to the washer or detach it if you have the necessary expertise.

Step 3: Clean

Use a soft cloth to clean the exterior of the machine and remove any dirt. Also, ensure to clean underneath the machine by either gently laying it on its side or using a vacuum. Place all removed valves and nuts in a box and keep it inside the washer. Alternatively, place the box on top of the machine and secure it with tape to ensure your tools are readily available when reinstalling the washer.

Step 4: Secure All Openings

Secure the drainage hose and power cord onto the back of the washing machine using tape. Refer to the instruction manual for tips on securing the tub before transportation.

Step 5: Movement and Storage

Enlist the help of a professional or a friend to assist in moving the washer onto a trolley and then transport it to your storage unit. Ensure that the storage unit is clean and store the washing machine in an upright position.

By following these steps, you can safely store your clothes washer in self storage. Proper preparation and securing of the machine will ensure its protection and functionality when you need it again.

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