How to soundproof the washing machine and laundry
Nothing is more annoying than a noisy washing machine that vibrates, especially during the spin cycle, suddenly disturbing the quiet and tranquility of a home. Fortunately, I found some methods to end this torture.
I had a similar problem for the first time when I lived in a terraced house, the washer and dryer were in the laundry room on the second floor, in the middle of the house.
This caused the vibrations during the wash to expand practically to all the other planes, causing an unbearable noise.
I knew that to solve the problem I would first have to dampen the vibrations of the washing machine and then soundproof the door, to prevent the sound from propagating in the air.
First step: get an anti-vibration mat on amazon
The first thing I did was get a soundproofing carpet on Amazon.
The mat is excellent as a non-slip surface for those who have a washing machine that "dances" in the spin phase, but its primary function is to avoid the annoying noise and the vibrations it produces.
Click here for the non-slip mat. (Amazon link)
Soundproofing the laundry door (or as you prefer to call the room in which the washing machine is housed) is useful for blocking the diffusion of higher frequency sounds in the air, but to eliminate the classic rumble that echoes in the house during spinning we need of a mat.
The reason is that this kind of noise spreads mainly through the structure of the house and therefore propagates thanks to vibrations.
This is a very fast solution and cuts at least 40% of the noise. Just place the washing machine on one of these mats and you will immediately feel a huge difference.
You can also add under a wooden mini-pallet those used for the transport of materials, for example from supermarkets, resting on the washing machine (or why not a dryer) will prevent it from touching directly with the floor, damping vibrations.
If you don't feel like spending money there is always the economic option of using folded towels under the four edges of the washing machine.
Second step: reinforce the door
Most of the doors in our house are thin and not designed to block the sound, especially the low ones coming from washers and dryers.
One option is to apply insulation panels to the laundry or bathroom door
They are made of absorbent material that sucks up a huge part of the sound, and it only takes a few minutes to install them.
The costly alternative as always is to install a reinforced door that would replace the one already present there. But in this case there is a need for a large investment and a specialized technician to apply it.
Third step: "plug" any space under the door
In case you intend to completely eliminate the noise coming from your laundry, an excellent addition is the foam under-door to prevent air entering from below, in the space between the door and the floor. In fact, not everyone knows that the sound spreads easily through small holes, always remember that where the air passes the sound will also pass.
Check your door and see how close it is to the floor, if there is a noticeable space you can use foam or a draft excluder (Amazon link).
This three steps represent the maximum that can be done to intervene in terms of soundproofing on a washing machine that is too noisy and the room that contains it.
It is worthwhile to make small efforts to make your home more peaceful and quiet.
Personally I am a fanatic of soundproofing (in case you have not yet understood …) but those who are not fond of sounds and noises like me will have great psychological benefit from having a quieter home, we often do not realize how much pollution sound increases our daily stress.
It is no coincidence that when one imagines a serene and spiritual place where one can be at peace with oneself, one imagines it to be very silent.
Good luck in the soundproofing of your laundry. I hope my advice has been helpful.
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