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Will this product remove mildew from the gasket? It has been there for a while, or should I just replace the whole gasket? Thank you.
ANSWER Hello Rebecca,
It will remove at least most of it. Many times mildew will root deeper into the rubber seal than can be cleaned off. Sometimes hot white vinegar will do well and other times I've heard of customers using bleach to make the stains invisible. I personally think replacing the seal is your best bet as time wasted trying to remove the stains without success is just wasted time adding to your frustration.
The engineers say there are two things that cause the mildew: Over soaping and fabric softener. You see, fabric softener is made of 80% to 90% animal fat. The remaining content is perfumes to mask the animal fats' decomposition. Over soaping puts a layer of dried soap on the inside of all water carrying parts which dries and cracks. The bacteria moves into the cracks and wait on the next food delivery, (fabric softener dispense). As the engineers have explained to me, the odor is the by-product of a bacterial action. Kill the bacteria and you eliminate the odors' development.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, May 08, 2012