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Washer Care; Cleaning Your Washer - Kenmore 110.4996 Use And Care Manual

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The Washer Maintenance Procedure should be performed on a
monthly basis.
Cleaning the door seal
1. Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from
the washer.
Inspect the gray colored seal between the door opening and
the basket for stained areas. Pull back the seal to inspect
areas under the seal. Remove any foreign objects.
3. If stained areas are found, wipe down these areas of the
seals, using the procedure that follows.
a) Mix a dilute solution, using ³ ₄ cup (177.4 mL) of liquid
chlorine bleach, and 1 gal. (3.8 L) of warm tap water.
b) Wipe the seal area with the dilute solution, using a damp
c) Let stand 5 minutes.
d) Wipe down area thoroughly with a dry cloth and let the
washer interior air dry with door open.
Wear rubber gloves when cleaning for prolonged periods.
Refer to the bleach manufacturer's instructions for proper
Washer Maintenance Procedure
This washer has a special cycle that uses higher water volumes in
combination with liquid chlorine bleach to thoroughly clean the
inside of the washer.
Read these instructions completely before beginning the
cleaning process.
If necessary, the cleaning cycle may be interrupted by
pressing the STOP button. However, this will not immediately
stop the cycle. The machine will display "int" (interrupt) and
continue with several rinse and drain steps to ensure that all
remaining bleach is rinsed from the washer.


Cleaning Your Washer

A. Seal
Begin procedure
1. Open the washer door and remove any clothing or items from
the washer.
2. Close the washer door.
3. Open the dispenser drawer and immediately add ²⁄₃ cup
(160 mL) of liquid chlorine bleach to the bleach compartment.
NOTE: Do not add any detergent to this cycle. Use of more
than ²⁄₃ cup (160 mL) of bleach will cause product damage
over time.
4. Be sure the dispenser drawer is closed.
5. Select the CLEAN WASHER cycle.
6. Press START.
NOTE: The basket will rotate, then the door will unlock, lock
again, and then the cycle will continue.
The machine will not fill, but the basket will rotate while
the washer runs a short sensing cycle. This will take
approximately 3 minutes.
7. The cycle will determine whether clothing or other items are
in the washer.
If no items are detected in the washer, it will proceed to
Step 8.
If any items are detected in the washer, all the Cycle
lights will flash, "rL" or "F-34" will be displayed, and the
WASH and CONTROLS LOCKED lights will remain lit.
The door will unlock.
Press STOP to cancel the failure code. Then repeat
steps 1, 2 and 6 to start the cycle again.
8. Once the cycle has begun, allow the cycle to complete.
9. After the cycle is complete, leave the door open slightly, to
allow for better ventilation and drying of washer interior.
Always do the following to maintain washer freshness
Use only HE High Efficiency detergent.
Leave the door slightly open after each cycle to allow for
better ventilation and drying of washer interior.
Run this procedure on a monthly basis using ²⁄₃ cup (160 mL)
of liquid chlorine bleach.
If the procedure does not sufficiently improve the machine
freshness, evaluate your installation and usage conditions for
other causes.
Cleaning the exterior
Use a soft damp cloth or sponge to wipe up any spills.
Occasionally wipe the outside of your washer to keep it looking
new. Use mild soap and water. Do not use abrasive products.
Cleaning the dispenser drawer
The dispenser drawer is removable for easy cleaning.
1. Unlock the dispenser drawer by pressing the Release Lever.
See "Using the Dispenser." Remove the drawer.
2. Remove the inserts (the siphon from the softener and bleach
compartments and the selector).
3. Wash the parts under running water.
4. Replace the inserts and return the dispenser to the drawer.

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