Regular cleaning can help you maintain a healthy and hygienic environment in your home. It is important to keep the surroundings dust-free, especially if you have small toddlers and pets. You can create a complete house cleaning checklist to get the work done in the shortest amount of time.
Make sure you thoroughly clean your carpets, remove dust from furniture and keep your kitchen and bathroom sanitised because these areas are prone to collecting tons of bacteria, dirt pollens and other allergens. However, it is also imperative to keep the common cleaning blunders in mind to get the best results for your elbow grease. So, here in this article, we bring you the top five cleaning mistakes that you’re probably making. Trigger these mistakes and rectify them to simplify your house cleaning process.
1. Using the Same Dust cloth Throughout the House
Are you using the same duster throughout the house to spruce up stains and spots? You are making a big cleaning mistake. When you use the same dirty rag, it spreads germs and other pollens whichever area it touches next. It passes on the dirt from the previous surface to the next. That means kitchen germs get wiped into the dining table or anywhere else that rag is used.
Well, you can replace that dirty duster with a new paper cloth or towel every time you clean your house. Designating microfiber cloth for different areas or surfaces is also a good idea. You can do this and thoroughly wash them after each use to get rid of build-up germs and grime.
2. Leaving the Stains on the Surface Longer
Do you remove the coffee stain that is just spilled on the floor right away or leave it for the next day? If you are leaving any stain for a longer period, then it would become difficult for you to remove it. No matter how busy you are at that time, make sure you clean the spot immediately.
You can use a damp cloth to get rid of the fresh spot on the surface. If you are finding it hard, then dampen the microfiber cloth with an eco-friendly cleaning solution and rub the surface gently until it disappears.
If the stain is on the carpet, then prepare a cleaning solution at home using white vinegar, mild dishwashing solution and water. Mix all the ingredients in an empty spray bottle and spray it on an affected area.
Let the solution sit for 10 minutes and then blot it with a clean and dry cloth until the stain is eradicated. Use White vinegar for removing stubborn stains, cleaning floors, unclogging blocked pipes, and disinfecting your kitchen countertops. It is a great multi-purpose cleaning product.
3. Overlooking the Filthy Sink
A kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest areas that rapidly grow harmful bacteria, germs and allergens due to food residues, moist surface and clogged drain. Whatever the reason is, you can’t leave your sink dirty for a long, especially when it is filled with greasy dishes, food or standing water or garbage disposal.
Since the dirty kitchen is the major source of the unhealthy home environment, make sure you keep the kitchen area clean and sanitised. While wiping off your countertops, make sure you clean your sink as well. Disinfect it using baking soda and white vinegar cleaning solution. This can help you clear away the drain and germs in a matter of a few minutes.
4. Using Harmful Cleaning Products
Of course, commercial cleaning products (made up of toxic chemicals) can make our floors, dishes, countertops and sink sparkling and germ-free, but they can be poisonous if ingested or can be harmful if touched. These products are also harmful to the environment and its inhabitants.
If you have small kids and pets in your house, then you should avoid using them. It is always good to read the labels and buy those cleaning products that are biodegradable or safe for use. Instead of using hazardous cleaning products, prepare an eco-friendly cleaning solution at home.
You can use tea tree oil, baking soda, white distilled vinegar, lemon, and magic eraser to treat dirty surfaces. They are safe, effective and environmentally-friendly. So, replace hazardous cleaning products with these natural ones.
5. Spraying Cleaner Directly on the Glass
Never spray cleaning solution directly onto the window glass. It can leave the residue of the solution on the surface and make your windows look streaky. This also allows the dust to stick to them and penetrate deep into the surface.
Instead, spray the solution on a microfiber cloth and wipe down your window glasses and other surfaces.
Performing a thorough house cleaning can be challenging and overwhelming, but keeping these mistakes in mind will help you in making your job easier. You can also take professional assistance from highly-trained cleaners who are well-versed with right cleaning techniques and procedures.
Edith has been working as the Business Development Manager with Better Removalists Gold Coast for over six years. He has spent his career devising strategies for affordable removalist services for residential and commercial spaces across Gold Coast. His passion for writing and accomplishing excellence in furniture packing and moving has earned him the status of a seasoned writer-removalist in the organisation.