I Can Do It Myself | 4 Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

Frustrated cleaning woman

So, you are a die-hard DIY-er and see no need to hire someone to do something you can do yourself. Makes perfect sense in your head. And you have never even considered the possibility that you may be doing it wrong.

But there is a right and a wrong way to clean. Why put in all of the work if you are not going to get your desired result?

This philosophy can be applied to many things, however, today we are applying it to basichousehold cleaning. Here is a look at some common cleaning mistakes that you should avoid.

#1 – You’re Cleaning Your Carpets Wrong

You have heard them all—vacuuming ruinscarpets, cleaning too often ruins carpets, and—our personal favorite—cleaning will shrink your carpet. You have heard so many carpet cleaning myths that it’s become hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Maybe you don’t know the right methods to use. You just know that your carpets have seen better days and it is time to do something about it. Before you take matters into your own hands, let’s take a look at what you may be doing wrong. 

  • You’re a Scrubber. Scrubbing a spot or stain out of your carpet causes more harm to it than good. It can untwist and distort your carpet fibers, resulting in permanent damage. Instead, try blotting for fresh stains.
  • You Procrastinate: Letting a spot or stain sit too long is a big no-no. The longer it takes you to clean the stain, the longer it will set in and the harder it will be to remove.
  • You Never Hire a Professional: You mistakenly believe that your carpet cleaning machine or the one you rented from the local grocery store can do an equally good, if not better, job than professional carpet cleaners. Many people underestimate the importance of having their carpets professionally cleaned. Even if on the surface your carpets appear to be in good shape, you should have them regularly maintained by a professional carpet cleaning company.

#2 – You Think Cleaners and Disinfectants are One in the Same

There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting your home. Not all household cleaners are made with the ability to also disinfect. Even if your does, you still may not be using it correctly. In order for a disinfectant to work properly, it must be left on the surface for an extended amount of time. If you are just spraying on the cleaner then immediately wiping up, it may be cleaning, but it is not disinfecting.

#3 – You’re Using Too Much Cleaner

Man tired after cleaningThe amount of cleaner needed may vary depending on whether it is a commercial brand or is a DIY home cleaner, made from things like vinegar, lemon or olive oil for example. Either way, it may seem intuitive to use as much as possible, but the exact opposite is true. Doing so may result in leftover sticky residue on your surfaces.

#4 – You Overuse Furniture Polish

It is no longer necessary to use a large amount of furniture polish when cleaning more modern pieces. Unlike older furniture, today most furniture is made with a protective top coat that requires minimum product. Also, using more than one type of polish on the same piece of furniture can result in residue. Experts agree that using a lightly damped microfiber cloth to dust your furniture is the best way to go.

So, now that you know these 4 common cleaning mistakes to avoid, we hope that your household cleaning is more of a success. Knowing the right and wrong ways to clean can save you time, effort and money.

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