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What causes different types of clothing damage?
Clothing damage can occur due to the following:

Soap Residue & Lint: Stains that look like faded garment coloring, white patches or streaks, or areas of excessive lint are typically due to soap residue on the clothing. This condition occurs when too much detergent is used in the wash load, the detergent is not getting dissolved adequately, and/or very hard water conditions exist. Soap residue may be a condition that has built up over time and multiple washing.

Rust Stains: Orange tint to clothing or orange spots on garments may be rust stains. High iron content or rust in the water supply can cause an overall orange tint to the wash water, which is absorbed by the clothing when placed in a washtub full of this type of water. Wet fabric contact with unfinished metals, such as zippers, snaps or hooks, may also cause rust stains on garments. If the washer has a porcelain-coated tub, any areas of chipped porcelain that expose the metal tub underneath can cause rust stains on clothing when washed in the tub.

Fabric Softener: Light blue, light pink, or transparent stains are usually the result of fabric softener coming in direct contact with the garment. Stains of this type may have a slight fabric softener smell to them, and are caused by not diluting liquid fabric softener before use, interrupting the spin cycle, and/or pouring fabric softener directly into the wash load instead of using the fabric softener dispenser.

Colored Stains: If the stain is blue, green, purple, pink, red, etc., it usually means dye from another garment washed in the same load transferred to this item. These colors are not used in the manufacture of the washer. Dye transfer generally occurs when unstable dyes are used to color the fabric. Color bleeding from one section of fabric or from one garment to another and damp items left lying in the washer after the cycle completes or in a pile prior to laundering can also cause dye transfer. The manufacturer of the garment is ultimately responsible for selecting and testing appropriate dyes as well as providing accurate care labels.

Chemical Damage: Chemical damage can be caused by chlorine bleach, battery acid, hydrogen peroxide (found in some acne medications), or certain haircare products. Chemical damage may cause holes in clothing that appear over time as the chemical weakens the fabric. Example: someone has been swimming in chlorinated water and then lays their wet towel on some other articles of clothing; the chlorine in the towel can be strong enough to transfer to the other garments.

Soil Transfer: If the stain or garment feels greasy and has a dingy appearance, it is an indication of overall poor cleaning. Low water temperature, improper sorting and improper use of detergent can result in stains or soil transfer from one garment to another.

Pilling: Polyester, acrylic or blends have a natural tendency to pill. Pilling due to abrasion from normal wear is a characteristic of these fibers. To reduce pilling in the wash load, do not overload the washer. Garments must be allowed to agitate freely in the water. When fibers rub together there is greater tendency to pill.

Pinched Stains: Pinched stains are often gray or black in color and appear as though the garment was caught or pinched. If the stains show up at the end of a wash cycle, the garments may be getting caught between the tub and tub cover or under the base of the agitator. While it is unusual for this to happen, it is more likely to occur if the washer is being overloaded. If the pinched stains appear only after dryer drying, they may be caused by a misaligned dryer tumbler or overloaded dryer. A garment may get caught between the dryer tumbler and front or rear bulkhead resulting in this type of staining.

Important Note:
Be sure to follow specific, published user-repair instructions, such as these, when you are attempting to service or repair any part of your range. If the instructions don't make sense to you or you aren't sure how to perform them, please call an authorized Amana service provider for assistance.
Do not repair or replace any part of the appliance or attempt any service unless specifically recommended in published user - repair instructions that you understand and have the skills to carry out.