Front-loading machines aren't much different than a top-loading machine, although, they do require a few more maintenance and cleaning tasks. Front-loaders are nice to have as they use less water and are more energy efficient than an older machine, which will save you money over time. See below for some maintenance tasks for your front-loading machine:
Clean The Detergent Bins
Over time the detergent bins can accumulate with a buildup of soap residue, dust, dirt and maybe even mold. Remove the detergent bin entirely to give it a deeper clean, and use a bleach/water solution to clean it thoroughly and to help sanitize this area as well. Clean the detergent bins every couple of months.
Wipe Down The Interior
Wipe down the interior of your front loader using a microfiber cloth and bleach water. You can also use white vinegar to clean your machine. Be sure to wipe down the front seal and then pull back the seal to wipe down this area as well. The inner seal may have mold and mildew growing inside, so you may need to soak this area with a bleach/water solution or even vinegar/water. Allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes before wiping it clean and running the washer on a rinse and drain cycle.
Keep The Door Ajar
Keep the door to your machine open when not in use. Leaving the door open allows the inside of your machine to dry out when you aren't using it. If you close the door, it can cause mold and mildew to grow inside. Always keep this door open.
Use hE Soap Only
Your machine needs the proper soap. It requires hE soap, and you don't need to use as much of this type of soap as you would another detergent. Look for the hE symbol on the detergent you use, most name brands offer the hE type of soap, so you can still use your favorite brand.
Don't Over Fill
Don't fill up the machine just because you think it will all fit. Your clothes may not all get cleaned properly, so you may still be wearing dirty clothing. Read the manufacturer's instructions on how much your machine can handle. It may give you a guideline to follow, so be sure to follow it. Over-filling your machine may cause it to work too hard and could end up in a premature breakdown of your machine.
Maintain your front-loader properly to ensure it works load after load for many years to come. If you have any issues with your machine, call a professional washing machine repair service for help.