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10 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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Cleaning is an essential part of our daily lives, and we all have our ways of doing it. However, some cleaning mistakes can actually make things worse instead of better. To make sure you’re making the most of the time you spend cleaning, we’re taking a look at 10 cleaning mistakes you’re probably making and how to avoid them.

Using Too Much Cleaning Product

Using too much cleaning product is a common mistake that most people make.  While it may seem like using more cleaning products will get the job done faster, it can actually be counterproductive.  Excessive amounts of cleaning product can leave a residue on surfaces, which can attract more dirt and dust.  It can also be harmful to your health as you might inhale toxic fumes. Always use cleaning products according to the instructions on the label.

Using The Wrong Cleaning Product

Using the wrong cleaning product can also be a mistake. For instance, using a cleaning product meant for a specific surface on another surface can damage the surface. You should always read the label of the cleaning product and ensure that it’s suitable for the surface you’re cleaning.

As well, if you are prone to allergic reactions from using the wrong types of cleaning products, it’s important to pay attention the ingredients of your cleaners. With Lily’s House Cleaning, you can always be sure that our cleaning products can help you to breathe easy and reduce your allergic reactions.

Not Cleaning The Cleaning Tools

It’s important to clean the cleaning tools you use, such as mops, brushes, and sponges, regularly.  These tools can harbor bacteria, which can be transferred to other surfaces during cleaning.  Make sure you rinse your cleaning tools thoroughly and leave them to dry before using them again.

Using Dirty Cleaning Cloths

Using dirty cleaning cloths is another mistake people make.  You should always use clean cloths when cleaning, as dirty ones can transfer dirt and bacteria to other surfaces.  After using a cleaning cloth, wash it thoroughly or put it in the washing machine.

Cleaning In The Wrong Order

Cleaning in the wrong order can leave you with an even bigger mess. For instance, cleaning the floors before dusting can make the floors dirty again.  Start cleaning from the top to the bottom, so that any dust or dirt that falls will be picked up when you clean the lower surfaces.

Neglecting The Small Things

Just because they’re small doesn’t mean you should neglect them when you’re cleaning. These small household items like light switches, doorknobs, and remote controls can be some of the top carriers of germs and bacteria in your house. Make sure you clean them regularly with a disinfectant.

Using Too Much Water

Using too much water when cleaning can be a mistake as it can damage some surfaces like wooden floors, electronics, and fabric.  Always use the appropriate amount of water, and if you’re not sure, read the manufacturer’s instructions.

Neglecting the outside of appliances

It’s easy to neglect the outside of appliances.  We often focus on cleaning the inside of our appliances like the refrigerator or oven, but we forget to clean the outside.  Your appliances can harbor dirt, dust, and fingerprints, so make sure to clean the outside of them regularly.

Not Vacuuming Before Cleaning

Vacuuming can pick up dust and dirt from the floor, pushing them into the air and allowing them to settle around the room.  Make sure you vacuum before cleaning surfaces like countertops and tables, so that you don’t have to reclean them once you’re done with the space.

Overlooking Hidden Areas

Overlooking hidden areas can be a mistake.  These include areas like the tops of cabinets, behind furniture, and under the bed.  These areas can harbor dust and dirt, which can affect the air quality in your home.  So, make sure you clean these areas regularly.

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Cleaning is essential. But it’s important to do it right. Remember to always read the labels of the cleaning products you’re using, use the appropriate amount of water, and be sure to clean your cleaning tools regularly.  Always clean from top to bottom, and don’t forget the small things. By following these tips, you can ensure that your home is clean and healthy for you and your family.  Don’t be afraid to take your time and be thorough in your cleaning routine.  

If you want your home cleaned right without having to worry about all of these extra steps, reach out to us today. Our experienced cleaning crews have everything it takes to make your home shine. On top of that, we know the mistakes to avoid and we use these same tips in every home we clean. 

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