Cleaning requires a lot of hard work and dedication. We all know how difficult it is to maintain a clean house. However, has it ever occurred to you that there may be easier ways to clean your house that can help you save a lot of time and effort? Did you know that there are several cleaning techniques that people use which actually makes the task of cleaning a lot more difficult? Below are 12 cleaning mistakes that you should never make if you want to be efficient with the cleaning process.
1. Vacuuming Pet Fur Without An Attachment
Having a pet in your home can mean a lot of work when it comes to cleaning. Picking up pet fur with a vacuum can be very difficult if you do not use the correct attachments. Firstly, use the wand attachment of your vacuum cleaner to pick up pet fur that you can see with your eyes. To ensure that you pick up all the pet fur, make use of a Swiffer or a dry mop after you vacuum.
2. Not Cleaning The Water-Filtering Pitcher
It is really important to regularly clean your water-filtering pitch even if is only used for water! Bacteria can grow on the filter parts making the pitch useless in its function. Therefore you must clean each and every part of the water-filtering pitch with soap and warm water on a weekly basis.
3. Using A Sponge Without Cleaning it Afterwards
Your sponge needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from growing in its tiny holes. If you have a dishwasher, simply toss it in twice a week while cleaning other dishes. For those who do not use a dishwasher, simply dip your sponge in water and place it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to kill the germs.
4. Opting To Clean The Floor First
If you choose to clean your floor before you dust your house, you are basically wasting your time. This is because dusting your house after you mop the floors makes the floor dirty again. Thus it is better to finish tasks such as vacuuming and dusting before cleaning your floor.
5. Using Cleaners, Thinking They Are Disinfectants
All disinfectants are cleaners, but not all cleaners are disinfectants. You should read the label of your cleaner before you use it to make sure it is a disinfectant. Using a non-disinfectant cleaner means that the germs and bacteria are still growing on your surfaces making them dirty. On the other hand, even if your cleaner is a disinfectant, you need to make sure you leave it on your surfaces for a while before wiping it off for the chemicals to work their magic.
6. Keeping All Your Cutlery In The Same Direction
Leaving your entire cutlery in the same direction before placing it in the dishwasher can lead to ineffective cleaning of your cutlery. In order to ensure that all your cutlery is cleaned properly make sure you put half of them facing up while putting the other half facing down.
7. Not Cleaning The Interiors of Your Dishwasher
Although a dishwasher is meant to clean things, it is important to clean it as well on a regular basis. To prevent fungus and yeast from growing in your dishwasher, make sure you spray the walls with a cleaning solution before running it empty on the highest temperature. A simple cleaning solution to use for your dishwasher is mixing one part of white vinegar with one part of water and placing it in a spray bottle.
8. Using Furniture Polish On A Daily Basis
Furniture polish should only be used once a week. If it is used daily, it can leave a layer of oil build on the surfaces of your furniture. Instead, simply use a damp cloth to wipe off the dust from your furniture on a daily basis.
9. Cleaning Windows On Sunny Days
If you wash your windows when the sun is out, you risk causing your windows to streak as the cleaning liquid dries faster.
10. Putting A Wet Toilet Brush Back In Its Holder
You should ensure that your toilet brush is completely dry before placing it back in its holder. This is to prevent the buildup of bacteria in the holder. One way to do this is to leave the brush in between the toilet seat to let any water drip back into the toilet.
11. Spraying Cleaning Liquid Directly Onto A Surface
Spraying cleaning liquid directly onto a surface can leave a residue even after you wipe off the liquid from the surface. Therefore it is better to spray the cleaning liquid onto the cloth you use to wipe surfaces with.
12. Scrubbing Stains On The Carpet
You should never scrub a carpet stain since this only pushes the stain deeper into the carpet as well as untwist the carpet fibers. It is better to apply some cleaning liquid to make it easy to lightly clean off the stain.
Following the above-mentioned cleaning methods can make it a lot harder for you to keep your house clean and germ-free. Instead, make sure you use the correct cleaning techniques that will help you save time and effort as well as have a cleaner home.