During our years of residential cleaning, we’ve heard it all. From DIY tips that result in bleached out carpets to time savers that feel like they take an eternity. Here are a few nuggets we’ve heard over the years that just don’t pan out. Save yourself a headache by avoiding these common mistakes.
Save Money by Buying the Cheapest Cleaners – They’re All the Same
Cleaning products don’t require your life’s savings, but you want to pick wisely. You’ll save money by using cheap household products like baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. However, for trickier cleaning projects, like removing spots on the carpet, spending a little cash for the right product will save time and energy in the long run.
Every Different Surface Needs a Different Cleaning Product
This is a sales gimmick if ever there was one. You really don’t need separate cleaners for sinks, floors, and counters. You’ll need spot remover for the carpet and a cleanser for the toilet bowl. Other than that, an all-purpose cleaner should work for most surfaces.
Just Throw It All in the Dryer
Don’t try to save time by piling all washing into the dryer at once. Always check clothes you treated for stains before tossing them into the dryer. Plus, your clothes will last much longer if you check each item and follow its drying instructions.
Clean Behind the Fridge Once Each Week
This advice has a lot of variants: the idea is that if you’re a responsible, sanitary person, every inch of your home will be cleaned each week. The truth is that dust on the very top of the bookshelf isn’t going to hurt anyone.
What’s more important are the areas you see or if you have health concerns. The inside of your fridge should be cleaned regularly for obvious reasons. The wall behind the fridge can be scrubbed down in a yearly deep clean.
Just Give Electronics a Quick Wipe Down
Be careful with this: yes, clean the electronics. No, don’t quickly wipe them down without unplugging and being sure your cloth doesn’t have harmful cleaning products on it.
Put All That Stuff in a Pile and Clean Around It
You lose a lot of time by shuffling clutter. A few hours spent organizing will save a more time in the long run. Residential cleaning should include regular organizing to keep things running smoothly.
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