Home cleaning and maintenance errors you should avoid to do
Unknowingly, you may be making it harder to clean and maintain your home. Maybe you have been forgetting to replace the water you use to clean the mop. Perhaps you’re still using the same old and tattered sponge to scrub the kitchen sink.
If you’re doubting your current home clean-up routine, then you should read on. I’ll enumerate and discuss the common cleaning mistakes of many homeowners today.
Spraying solution directly on the furniture
A lot of people tend to spray polishing and cleaning solutions directly on their furniture and decor. If you’re guilty of doing the same, then you too have been using your cleaners the wrong way.
If you spray the solution directly, you waste too much product on one furnishing. Additionally, you may be damaging the surface of your furnishings. It’s better to spray the solution on a soft and clean cloth or microfiber.
Never cleaning the air filter of your vacuum
A vacuum cleaner becomes less efficient in sucking dirt and other kinds of debris if you fail to clean its air filter.
It also becomes highly susceptible to damage because the stuck solid debris in the filter may puncture the vacuum dirt bag or get dislodged in the suctioning mechanism of the machine.
To avoid this problem, you must clean the filter every week. Empty the dirt bag regularly, most especially if you use the cleaner daily.
Neglecting the cracked grout
You must never take for granted cracked or damaged grout. Otherwise, your home, furnishings, and decors might suffer from water damage.
While you might be able to restore some of your water-damaged furniture, you may have to deal with expensive structural repairs if your wooden beams, insulation, and ceilings rot.
Because water, moisture and vapor easily seep into cracks, you must immediately repair a damaged or cracked grout. Start by cleaning the cracked areas with vinegar mixture. Then, proceed to remove the loose parts. Be extra careful to avoid chipping the tile.
Failing to clean the mop/sponge properly
If you don’t wash the mop or sponge you use to wipe the floor or tiles, you’ll end up spending longer hours to complete your cleaning task.
Take notice of the water in the bucket. If it’s too cloudy or brownish in color, you must discard the water and prepare a new cleaning solution.
Forgetting to declutter the rooms
Sometimes, people tend to keep too much unnecessary in their homes. For example, you may be hoarding a lot of empty shampoo or body wash bottles in the bathroom. Perhaps you’ve been holding on to all the scrap paper from your college days.
All these clutter will only make your home overcrowded. Make it a habit to do a regular a decluttering spree. You can do it quarterly or every month depending on the size of your home and the number of stuff you have.
Here are some decluttering tips you should take note of:
- Always prepare separate containers when you declutter a room. One should be used for things you must discard, another for stuff you need relocate and one more box or basket for valuables you must keep.
- If possible, you must limit your possession. The lesser things you have, the lesser time you need to clean.
- Plan your decluttering spree and work on the hardest to clean rooms first.
Neglecting your outdoor furnishing and deco
Your garden and patio furniture need extra care and maintenance because they get exposed to high temperature and various weather conditions.
To ensure the long lifespan of your favorite outdoor chairs, tables and other furniture, take note of the following tips:
- Clean your rattan furniture with the right tools and cleaning solution. For example, you should only use a soft bristle cleaning brush to avoid scratching the surface of your wicker furniture.
- If you use plastic or resin chairs or tables, clean them with a baking soda solution. Soak your furnishings with the solution for 15 to 30 minutes to remove dirt and stains. If the color of your chairs and tables start fading, apply a layer of car wax on them.
- Use soap solution to remove stains and dirt on your wrought iron furniture. Then, you must wipe it dry to prevent corrosion.
- Don’t forget to wash your outdoor cushions and pillowcases. Have them washed at least twice a month to avoid staining the textile.
- After cleaning your wooden chairs or tables, you must apply a coating of sealant to minimize water damage most especially during rainy or humid seasons.
There are numerous errors that might be affecting how well you clean or maintain your homes. Sometimes, you’re completely unaware of doing so many cleaning and maintenance blunders.
With our short guide above, you can take note of the possible mistakes you’ve done in the past and start changing your routine so you can enjoy a cleaner home with less hassle.