10 Biggest Mistakes

People Make When Cleaning

Cleaning can be broken down to an art! Being able to truly clean, disinfect, and sanitize a home is not simply wiping down the counters and the floors with the same towel. Cleaning a home is about preventing the spread and growth of bacteria, preventing pests from taking up residence in your home, and ensuring that hygiene is at the forefront of your household’s minds.

Here are common cleaning mistakes most people make:

Rubbing a Stain.

This is not a case of “the harder you try the better the outcome,” because rubbing and scrubbing a spill or a stain will not only ruin your microfibers, but it will also push the stain deeper into the surface. In the end, you’re creating a difficult stain to remove.

Vacuuming Rugs Without a Proper Attachment

You’re not getting the dirt, debris, and particles that are in the fibers of your carpet! When you’re lacking a vacuum attachment, the particles deep in your fibers are not being pulled out, and your rug can be damaged. To clean your rugs and carpets properly, use a carpet attachment for all of your vacuuming.

Spray Mops

Although they’ve gained a lot of popularity among households, the truth is, spray mops are not all they’re cracked up to be. They will leave a sticky film on your surface that will lead to more debris and dirt being stuck to your floors. As these issues build your floors become increasingly difficult to clean and to keep clean.

Letting Water Sit On Your Hard Wood Floors

That’s right, using too much water on a hardwood floor causes expensive damages. Your mop should be lightly dampened to mop the floors which is then followed which a dry cloth running over the surface. This is the best way to avoid damaging beautiful floors.

Not Cleaning Your Sponges

Yes! Sometimes you do need to throw your sponge into the dishwasher to get cleaned. Why? Because all of the food, all of the plates, and all of the surfaces you’ve cleaned with your sponge have slowly built-up bacteria in your sponges’ pores. Once a sponge is penetrated with bacteria the more it is used the more it spreads its harbored bacteria. Be sure to wash your sponges on a regular schedule to limit the spread of illness and disease.

Using Bleach to Clean Rust

Bleach cleans by oxidation, which will feed rust and promote its growth. When wanting to clean rust around edges or sinks be sure to use products specifically designed to fight rust.

Using Bleach on Mold

This may come as a shock, but bleach does not remove mold. What bleach will do is remove the greenish brown color mold has, making it invisible to the naked eye. This will allow mold to continue to grow and spread without detection. Call a professional for large pieces of mold but simple hydrogen peroxide should work on smaller bits of mold.

Avoid Ammonia-based Cleaners for Pet Stains

Ammonia is one part of cat urine, meaning you should aviod using the product to clean up pet stains because your territorial animals will take the product as a challenge, and begin marking their territory.

These are just some of many mistakes many of us make when cleaning our homes. For more information on the best way to clean your floors, counters, laundry, etc. but sure too always double check the manufacturers instructions.