Cleaning seems pretty straight forward, but common cleaning mistakes and undo some of your efforts. Here are some of the worst cleaning mistakes you can make…are you guilty of any of these?
Vinegar has received a lot of good press lately. It’s great for lifting stains, freshening laundry and cleaning windows. We love that it’s also inexpensive and all natural. However, vinegar doesn’t clean everything, and it isn’t a good disinfectant. So if you’re cleaning the kitchen counter after working with some raw chicken, or working around the toilets, vinegar isn’t your best choice.
Cleaning Glass When It’s Sunny
How many of us notice all those stubborn streaks when the sun is shining through the windows? Our first response is to grab the cleaner and give it another wipe down. This will only create more streaks since the sun evaporates the cleaner too quickly leaving more streaks in its wake. Instead, opt to clean your glass in the early morning or on cloudy days.
One of the most dreaded places to clean of all…the toilet. The toilet brush can be a great ally on cleaning those hard to reach places in the toilet bowl, but it can also be a breeding ground of bacteria and germs. To prevent this, lay your toilet brush across the toilet to dry after cleaning.
The Garbage Disposal is not to Dispose All
It’s tempting to throw all kinds of leftovers down the kitchen disposal. But there are many little culprits that can clog your pipes over time, including coffee beans. Instead, sprinkle a half cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar down the drain. Follow that mixture with a kettle of boiling hot water down the drain. This will help loosen grime and debris. Lastly, throw a half lemon, lime or orange down and run the disposal to freshen up the smell.
Using Furniture Polish to Dust
We love that fresh lemony scent that comes from polished wood. But if your furniture isn’t natural wood, it probably has a protective laminate coating. This cleaning mistake can make your furniture feel greasy and gross. Instead, wipe down with damp rag to remove the dust and dirt, and save the polish for your natural wood.
Scrubbing to get Carpet Stains Out
When the red wine spills on the carpet, it’s human nature to grab a wet rag, and start scrubbing. This will fray the carpet strands and actually work to spread the stain, instead lift it. A better approach would be to use a spoon to lift the remaining liquid and dab gently on the soiled area to get the remainder of the juice out. Once most of it is removed, use baking soda or a carpet cleaner to get the rest of the stain out.
Forgetting to Clean the Shower Curtain
One common cleaning mistake is to neglect to clean the shower curtain when cleaning our bathrooms. Bacteria and mold love to grow in moist areas like showers and bathtubs. Next time you’re cleaning your shower, take a disinfectant to wipe down your curtain.
Not Using the Exhaust Fan
The exhaust fan isn’t just for airing out a smelly bathroom. These under-utilized switches can help prevent humidity and moisture from harming a room. Turn it on during or after a shower to prevent mold from growing.
Using the Wrong Products on the Wrong Surfaces
As more and more people are moving away from chemical cleaners, it may be tempting to use natural products for everything. But beware! While vinegar and baking soda seem like obvious choices to do the heavy lifting of your cleaning, it’s important that you know what ingredients are good for. One of the worst cleaning mistakes is using acidic ingredients like lemon and vinegar to clean your granite or stone counters. This can leave visible etches and scratch marks.
Bleach has a lot of practical uses both as a disinfectant and cleaner. It can be used to clean mold and mildew, sterilize secondhand items, clean butcher blocks and counters, whiten your porcelain, and even kill weeds. But you can have too much of a good thing. Bleach isn’t a good overall cleaner when it comes to breaking down food or buildup, and can be hard on your lungs. So use appropriately and sparingly.
Improperly Cleaning Electronics
Electronic screens are not windows, so they shouldn’t be cleaned with a multi-purpose cleaner. Even paper towels can create tiny scratches on the surfaces. Instead, use a microfiber cloth. Spray a soft mist of water on it to lift dust away.
Forgetting to Clean your Cleaning Tools
Once you’ve completed your chores, don’t throw that dirty sponge back into the sink. Instead, toss it into the dishwasher or microwave for a few seconds to kill germs. Be sure to wash your toilet brush, your rags and gloves when the job is over.
A clean environment is a healthy environment! We are all probably guilty of at least one of these cleaning mistakes. Let our professionals at Simple Clean give you the peace of mind that comes when you can relax in your clean home. Contact us today at 973-922-0836 to schedule a consultation.