Cleaning Mistakes—and How You Can Avoid Them
Maintaining a clean home can be more of a challenge these days with work hours getting longer, and the need to meet family and friends to “detox” one of the top sought-after activity for many. Many people like doing the cleaning themselves however, there are some mistakes they commit that end up contributing to a more disorganized home. It is important to be knowledgeable of these little mistakes and on how to avoid them.
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Many people are fairly stuck in their ways when it comes to cleaning and may not realize that some of the methods they are employing are actually doing more harm than good. If you are unsure whether or not your cleaning style is costing you extra work or actually making things less clean, here are 5 cleaning mistakes you will want to avoid.
Scrubbing spills out of the carpet.Most people when they spill that glass of wine or cranberry juice on their beautiful carpet immediately run for the rag and the club soda and begin scrubbing away. However, this is highly counterproductive. Scrubbing carpets actually begins to unravel the carpet fibres and ingrains the stain in even further, causing permanent damage.
The best course of action is to remove any surface liquid with a spoon, blot the area dry with some white paper towel or a cloth that won’t bleed and once dry, apply a stain remove to the area.
Solution: Remove the liquid with a spoon, dab the area dry with a towel or cloth, then apply a stain removal solution to the affected area.
Cleaning windows while the sun’s out.Not only are you cooped up inside, but the heat of the sun will cause the cleaning solution to dry rapidly, leaving streaks on the glass. Your best bet is to work on a cloudy day or a day when the temperatures won’t cause liquids to dry up quickly.
You’ve gone lemon juice and vinegar crazy. While organic cleaning is all the rage and lemon juice and vinegar certainly have their purposes, many people equate organic with less damage, but that’s not entirely accurate. Lemon juice and vinegar are both acids and are quite capable of damaging natural surfaces, like onyx, marble, limestone and travertine. If applied too liberally or not properly wiped down it can permanently dull the appearance of stone.
Solution: Choose a day that isn’t too sunny or dry. You don’t want redoing your work so choose your day wisely.
Deodorizing the garbage disposal with coffee grounds.If you have a garbage disposal, it is necessary to deodorize it as bacteria and food particles that become trapped over time will start to smell bad. While many garbage disposal manufacturers say it’s fine to put coffee grounds into the grinder, not giving the grinding mechanism a thorough rinsing afterwards can lead to the ground actually clogging the machinery which can lead to smelly, non-functioning machinery.
Solution: When using coffee grounds, be 100% sure that you are able to rinse them out of the disposal machine. If you aren’t that pedantic in doing so, just use a commercial scent spray that can ease of the smell.
The wrong tools for the wrong jobs.Using the wrong tool for the wrong job is usually the biggest problem within the context of kitchen cleaning. For example, the common green-backed cleaning sponge is great for the bottom of heavy-duty pots and pans or the grill, but will wreak havoc on plastic, ceramic and laminate. White-backed sponges, however, are much more gentle.
Overlooking utensil and equipment coatings
Mistake: To save up on money, most people keep on using utensils and equipment even if the interior coatings are already falling off. This is a big mistake because without these coatings, your health is being put at risk. The shield that divides your food and utensil is being put away, and your body gets to intake chemical particles that are deemed unsafe for you. Any amount of cleaning will never be helpful when this is the problem.
Solution: Throw away utensils and equipment that are being stripped off their interior coating. Remember, health and safety first!
Keeping everything dark indoors
Mistake: It is understandable that privacy is important. However, dark spaces can be breeding grounds of bacteria, rodents and insects that can only thrive in dark areas. Dark spaces also cause you to overlook dirt that may have accumulated through the years.
Solution: Be sure to keep the sunshine in whenever possible. Even in the attic or the basement, make efforts to let natural light in. There are a variety of options you can choose from. Also, make sure your indoor spaces not only get sunshine, but sufficient fresh air as well. Your space and health will thank you for it.
Straying away from greenery indoors
Mistake: Most people get afraid of insects and all the housekeeping that have to go with keeping plants indoors. So, they end up keeping an office—not a home!
Solution: There are thousands of plants to choose from which can be grown and maintained indoors. Plants are very beneficial to the environment and to your health—they supply you with oxygen, take in the carbon dioxide, and leave your home with a fresh, clean feel.
Keep the cleaning part of your home fun and exciting. With our busy lives it is understandable why it can be a drag many times. Finding a cleaning company for your home can be daunting with many options online; however, these tips can guide you. If you want to have someone maintain your home for you—someone you can trust—leave the task to us. YBH Cleaning Services caters to all your cleaning needs. Our well trained and professional cleaners provide the best cleaning and home cleaning services at the comfort of your homes and businesses! Call us today for free cleaning quotes and avail our affordable cleaning rates!