The Biggest Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid
Cleaning is never anyone’s favourite task at any given time, but it needs to be done in order to maintain a healthy and safe home.
Dorothy Simonovic from Simpo Cleaning has a few insights on the most common cleaning mistakes people make at home, and how each can be avoided.
Dorothy has over 30 years experience as a cleaner. Her experience in this field makes her cleaning advice invaluable to anyone who needs it.
Using Too Much Cleaning Product
Less is definitely more. The use of too much cleaning product on any kind of surface, i.e. wood floors, glass, vinyl, and marble can do more harm than good. It is always best to use cleansing agents sparingly especially if it’s of the strong chemical variety. It is also dangerous using products that are heavy on chemicals especially for home that have small children (who tends to pick up things from the floor and put it in their mouths) as well as pets. Using natural or organic cleaners is a good idea if there is a need to clean surfaces often because of foot traffic (in the case of floors) or other potential contaminants.
Not Doing an Area Test
When cleaning with a new product, it is wise to test a very small area before doing the entire space in order to ensure there is no permanent damage to the surface. This is particularly applicable when cleaning hardwood floors and expensive rugs/carpets.
Failing to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuum cleaners can only perform at their peak power when they are emptied on a regular basis. If you are using a cleaner that has a dustbin collector, emptying it every few days helps maintain great suction power, which then allows for faster cleaning. In addition, it’s good practice to also take apart and clean the filter when doing this.
Neglecting to Replace Your Kitchen Sponge
Bacteria accumulates in sponges extremely fast especially if you leave it exposed when not in use. To prevent the spread of harmful microorganisms that can cause any number of diseases, be sure to replace your kitchen sponge once a week.
If you are looking to be a little thrifty, you can put your sponge in the microwave after giving it a good cycle in the dishwasher. This can help you get a little more shelf life out of it.
Note: it is also a good practice to use separate sponges for cleaning the dishes and floor spills. Most people just use the kitchen/dishwashing sponge to clean your floors, but this would only give way to a higher chance of contamination.
Do not skimp too much on replacing sponges. You can always buy them in bulk to save money, if that is your priority. Check out this article for more tips on cleaning your kitchen.
Overlooking the Corners
Dusting is only useful if you get all the nooks and crannies of the home. Corners are generally hard to get to, so you might want to consider getting a vacuum cleaner that has the proper attachments to tackle hard-to-reach areas.
Cleaning is an unavoidable task, but shouldn’t be complicated or exhausting. Knowing what you can use and how often you need to clean certain areas of your home goes a long way in maintaining a tidy and healthy home.
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