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Mildew on clothes after they are washed in your washing machine


Small black spots that can be grouped in a larger area, possibly with shades of red and green.

Also please see our article on smelly washing machines as we have seen this sort of staining caused by bacteria build up in washing machines.

This problem is not being caused by any fault on your washing machine and no service or repair will resolve this issue.

Even if the machine does have bacteria that is causing this we would suggest treatment with Affresh or a repeated maintenance wash to try to clear it, a service engineer is not required and will be unable to do any more than this.

Please see below for ways in which this problem can be easily avoided.


Soak in non-chlorine bleach (eg peroxide) for 2 hours making sure it is not allowed to dry on the fabric. Then wash as normal following the fabric care label. Successful treatment is not guaranteed, especially if the fibres in the fabric have started to break down.

Cause & Prevention


The garment has been left damp for a period of time


Wash dirty wet garments as soon as possible rather than leaving them damp.


Dry washed laundry immediately after washing.


  How You Can Get Help With Laundry Problems

To offer support in helping people to determine the cause of laundry problems please use the washing machine support forum.

It’s fast, free, easy and normally someone will pick up on the post that can assist you often with a few experts chipping in if needed. Just register if you don’t have an account, we don’t mail you, send you spam or any of that stuff.

Post up your question and give images if you possibly can and the guys in the forums will do the rest for you and try to identify the problem you have.

Cost you nothing, might save you some embarrassment or worse, a charge for a service visit that wasn’t needed.

  Photographs Of Damage

If you can post photographs of the damage or problem you are having this can be really helpful in allowing the technicians to see what the problem is.

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