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Dryers - Drum Cleaning Tips


Caring for the Dryer Drum:
The porcelain enamel drum is rust resistant requiring no special care. Should the dryer drum require cleaning, the following table provides common types of soil and removal tips.

Caution: To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug the dryer from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

Stain Removal Tip
Crayon, ink, or dye
  1. Wash and rinse the stained area with a mild soap and water solution or non abrasive cleaner.
  2. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel.
  3. Tumble dry several wet rags or old towels for 20 to 30 minutes.
Alternate method:
  1. Wash and rinse stained area with a solution of 1/4 cup chlorine bleach with one gallon, cool(80 degree)water.
  2. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel.
  3. Tumble dry several wet rags or old towels for 20 to 30 minutes.
Caution:
  • Exercise care when using chlorine bleach in the close confines of a dryer drum. Be sure to provide adequate ventilation.
  • Do not mix ammonia with chlorine bleach.

When used sparingly, a pre-wash product may be helpful in removing the soil. However, these products may leave an "oily" residue on the drum if it is not rinsed thoroughly after the application.
Gum Soft gum
  • Apply ice to freeze and harden the gum.
  • Using a wooden spoon, scrape the gum from the drum.
Hardened gum
  • Gently "chip" substance off of the drum.
Melted plastic
  • Using a razor scraper, similar to those used to remove paint from windows, carefully scrape substance off of the drum taking precaution not to scratch the surface.