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Common Cleaning Mistakes You Might Be Making

Last updated April. 12, 2017

There are right ways and wrong ways to clean the house and though most of us have been cleaning for years, we may have just stuck ourselves in a rut of cleaning incorrectly.

There are always new and improved methods developing by the day, and most help to clean more thoroughly than we ever thought possible. Below are some common cleaning mistakes that most homeowners make and how to correct them.

1. Dusting


Dusting is a necessary chore that many do not like to do but it is extremely important. There is a right way and a wrong way to dust. The next time to dust do not reach for the feather duster. Sure, they are cute and chic looking but they can be filled with previous dusting bacteria and they do not do a good job in dusting your home.

Also, feather dusters do not trap the dust. They whisk it into the air where it can irritate airborne allergies and settle on other surfaces. Instead, try using a clean, dry cloth. Swiping a dry cloth across your tabletops, and decorations will dust them more thoroughly and will trap the dust so it cannot become air borne.

2. Spraying Cleanser on Surfaces


It is a common practice to spray our cleansers directly onto the surfaces that we are cleaning. This is all right in the kitchen and bathroom where most of our surfaces are tile and linoleum. But in your living room and dining room areas that hold other types of surfaces such as wood and electronics, direct spraying can destroy the finish, stain or even break your furniture if too much is applied.

Directly spraying cleanser onto television or computer screens can destroy them. Also, if you have decorative pieces, flower arrangements, or lamps on your tabletops and do not remove them before you clean, directly spraying your cleanser can get on your decorations and destroy or stain them as well. Instead, try spraying a clean, dry cloth and use it to clean your surfaces instead of direct spraying.

3. Ignoring Germ-Ridden Surfaces


When we get cleaning, we have our routine. But don’t forget the most bacteria ridden parts of your home. These are the places that get touched the most, such as door knobs and handles. Clean them as often as you clean the other areas in your home.

Door knobs in each room gather bad bacteria. Handles on toilets, refrigerators, ovens, and windows gather built up gunk and bacteria that is seldom cleaned. Don’t forget these areas as they are the surfaces that your family touches the most often.

After doorknobs, ceiling fans are one of the most overlooked surfaces to be cleaned. Because they do not get cleaned very often they can gather a build-up of dirt and grime.

Table top fans and Free standing floor fans also get quite dirty and need to be cleaned or they will blow their dirt throughout your air. Blinds and other window treatments need to be cleaned as well. They’re often overlooked and can be a hotbed for germs and bacteria.

4. Quick Cleaning


For most of us, cleaning is a chore. We want to get it done quickly. But a quick clean is not a deep clean. Take more time while vacuuming and mopping. Clean your floors slowly to get up the most dirt and bacteria. Take more time in scrubbing your bathroom and kitchen. Quick, sporadic swipes do not clean your countertops as completely as a slower approach.

For this reason, do not try to clean your whole house in one day. Instead, try to tackle a few different household chores every day to have the time to give your rooms the cleaning that they need.

5. Storing Your Cleaning Supplies


Cleansers should be stored away from your food inventory. If the chemicals should inadvertently spill or leak onto food packages, the food inside can become contaminated and will cause illness once consumed. Instead, keep your cleansers in a dark place away from food such as in a storage cabinet underneath your kitchen sink or on laundry room shelves.

Cleaning supplies such as brushes and rags: These should be thoroughly rinsed and cleaned out after each use to resist bacteria from growing. Toilet brushes should be thoroughly rinsed out and then left out to dry completely before replacing them back into their holders.

Mops and brooms are often overlooked and left unwashed, which breeds bad bacteria that we then swish all around out house as we clean. Instead, clean out all visible debris from your broom after each use.

Periodically, hose it off and allow it to completely dry. Mops should be cleaned and rinsed after each use. Allow them to air dry in a well-ventilated room such as a laundry room or outside.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.