10 Common Cleaning Mistakes
Here are 10 tips to avoid common cleaning mistakes:
- Failing to read the directions: Reading the directions before you use a product ensures that you are using it properly and for the right appliance or surface. There are certain products that you should never use to clean the inside of your oven or microwave for instance, and knowing which products is important to maintain the life of an appliance.
- Not using gloves: Gloves protect your hands and nails from harsh chemicals and nasty germs and also provide a better grip for household jobs such as washing dishes, so you should be wearing gloves every time you clean.
- Cleaning windows on a sunny day: In direct sunlight, glass cleaner dries up very quickly and leaves streaks behind. The ideal time to wash your windows is during the evening or on a cool, cloudy day.
- Using the wrong tool for the job: Many of us think that sponges are a universal cleaning tool for any job, but they can do more harm than good sometimes. Don’t scrub fragile surfaces like ceramic and plastic with green-backed sponges, instead use white specialty sponges that don’t scratch along with the proper cleaning product.
- Using the wrong cleaner: Not using the right cleaning product or using too much of it at once can wreak havoc on your furniture. You wouldn’t use furniture polish to clean the windows, so don’t think that window cleaner will properly get your tables clean.
- Rushing through: A common cleaning mistake we all make is rushing to get done, but by slowing down and spending more time on an area allows you to properly clean everything and make that shine last longer.
- Spraying cleaner directly on a surface: Spraying cleaning products directly on a surface is typically not the safest or most effective way to clean something, and can leave residue behind. You should spray cleaner onto a microfiber rag first and then wipe down the surface, this requires less products and cleans more effectively.
- Forgetting areas that are covered in germs: Doorknobs, sink and cabinet handles may not seem like dirty surfaces but they are covered in germs that can help make you sick. When cleaning, remember to clean these areas with disinfectant and a microfiber rag.
- Immediately putting the toilet brush away: This is another very common mistake but putting the toilet brush away without allowing it to dry turns it into a breeding ground for nasty bacteria. After rinsing the brush, place the handle between the toilet seat and the base with the scrubbing end over the bowl for at least ten minutes before putting it back in the holder.
- Not emptying your vacuum: When a vacuum bag is full, air flow is restricted and it can’t do its job, leaving your carpets full of dirt. Keep your vacuum alive and your floors clean by emptying the bag after every use and replacing it when necessary.