Navigating the hundreds of thousands of cleaning products on the market can be very difficult, and figuring out how to apply them in your own home can be even harder. It’s pretty easy to accidentally use the wrong product, or use a product the wrong way, and accidentally create a whole lot of damage. Check out these common cleaning mistakes to ensure you aren’t unknowingly making any of them!
- Abusing Natural Cleaning Products
When it comes to surfaces you and your loved ones are coming into contact daily, everyone agrees that the less harsh chemicals are involved, the better. Natural, homemade cleaning solutions have recently increased in popularity, both due to their affordability and While choosing a more natural route to scrub down the surfaces in your home is definitely a good decision, most of these products can’t be used on every surface. For example, vinegar and lemon are both very powerful tools, but their high levels of acidity mean they aren’t suitable for stone countertops. Be sure to carefully research any natural cleaning remedies and ensure that the products in them won’t wind up harming any of the surfaces in your home.
- Assuming Cleaning Supplies Are Clean
No one really wants to sit down and think about this, but imagine all the dirty surfaces your sponges have touched over the course of a day. Kitchen sponges especially have scrubbed raw chicken off of cutting boards, wiped residue out of sinks, and generally become a veritable breeding ground for bacteria. The same goes for tools like vacuums and toilet brushes; with a few simple precautions you can ensure that you are actually cleaning your surfaces and not adding more germs to the mix. Simply throw your sponge in the dishwasher the next time it runs, or zap it in the microwave (if it’s wet) for a couple of minutes to disinfect. Similarly, make sure to regularly empty vacuum bags, and leave the toilet brush to dry out over the toilet bowl before placing it back in the holder.
- Ignoring Instructions
The instructions on the back of the bottle are there for a reason. Cleaning products have been specially formulated and tested to determine the most effective way to use them, and ignoring the instructions can do you a disservice. This also tends to lead to accidental misuse; if the bottle says it shouldn’t be used on floors, chances are it is going to have an adverse effect. Similarly, spraying cleaner onto the surface in question and then wiping it down actually tends to be less effective and leave residue. Instead, spray the cleaner onto a soft rag or sponge and then wipe the surface down. While it may seem unnecessary, just a quick glance at the instructions can help save you time and money and lead to a cleaner home.
- Scrubbing Stains
Scrubbing a carpet stain may seem tempting but in the long run, it often winds up doing more harm than good. Instead of scrubbing, which will untwist the carpet fibers, sometimes permanently, blot the stain with a paper towel and soak up as much liquid as you can. Then blot at it with the carpet cleaner of your choice, allowing it to sit and repeat until the stain has lifted. Take care to act fast and not allow the stain to set and seep into in the carpet, or else it will be far more difficult to remove.
Avoiding these common cleaning mistakes can help save time, money, and frustration when a product doesn’t work the way you expect it to. Be sure to avoid making these mistakes and remember that when a mess is too big to clean up, it’s always best to call a professional.