5 common cleaning mistakes we make at home

Cleaning up your home may not be your favourite activity of the week but it is necessary.

Some reasons why we need to keep our home clean.

  • If you were renting an apartment, you want to keep it clean so you don’t get evicted by the landlord
  • If you have an outbreak of flu in the home and you have young children or aged parents you will want to clean the home to minimise the risk of cross infection
  • You clean to prevent food poisoning
  • We clean and tidy the home because it gives us a good feeling living in a clean environment
  • We clean because we have friends coming over
  • We clean so our home appliances can work better

There are hundreds of reasons why we need to clean the home but that doesn’t mean everyone likes doing it.

Most of us just want to get housework done in the shortest amount of time possible with the best results for our efforts. To help you get a bit more organized, here are the top 5 cleaning mistakes that you are probably making. Make some changes to your cleaning routine and you’ll get the job done more quickly and have more time to enjoy your clean home.

Tip 1: Putting off the cleaning

Do you wipe up the jelly that just hit the floor right away or leave it for a couple of days? Even if you’re in a hurry, if you leave it on the floor, there will be ants beating down your door and traces of jelly tracked all over the floor. You can spend 15 or 20 seconds now taking care of the problem or spend 20 to 30 minutes later cleaning up the mess.

The same principle applies to almost any cleaning job. A few minutes spent on cleaning and decluttering a room each day makes “heavy” cleaning much easier. The food preparation areas of a kitchen should be sanitized, dirty laundry placed in a hamper, bathroom sinks and shower doors wiped down after each use and clutter like mail, newspapers and receipts cleared away daily.

Then the weekly tasks of dusting, vacuuming, toilet cleaning, mopping kitchen floors and doing laundry are simpler.

Tip 2: Not getting the kids involved in the cleaning

The perfect time to get kids involved in household chores is when they are toddlers. Toddlers want to do everything Mom and Dad are doing. So, start with simple things they can help with like folding towels and putting them away or bringing their dirty clothes to the laundry room. As they age, you can add more challenging chores like actually doing the laundry.

Create a chore chart and teach kids the same principle you should follow–that doing a couple of small cleaning tasks every day makes the overall job much easier. For younger kids, start with simple tasks like dusting flat surfaces, washing windows using non-toxic cleaners (distilled white vinegar and water) and gradually move them into almost every household cleaning job.

There’ll be some complaints, but you’ll be doing them a favour for the day when they have their own home.

Tip 3: Not starting at the right spot

None of us want to spend more time cleaning than we have to. If you start at the wrong spot in a room when doing a thorough cleaning, you’ll have to back track and repeat steps.

First, declutter by picking up things that don’t belong in the room. Discard them or return them to their appropriate space. Handle items only once and get rid of them from the room. No need to take time to clean around them.

When ready to clean, start at the top of a room and work your way down. If you start by cleaning the floor and then move on to dusting the ceiling fan, wiping down cobwebs and dusting furniture, you’ll have to clean the floor again once the dust settles.

When cleaning shower walls and doors or windows, start at the top and you won’t have to backtrack to take care of drips.

Tip 4: Using the wrong products

Using a cleaning product that isn’t strong enough to do the job can mean you have leftover dirt and the task will have to be repeated. Have you ever washed clothes only to find that stains remain? You used the wrong laundry products. Read labels carefully and follow the directions for the best results.

Checking labels can not only save time, they can save money. Using the wrong cleaning product can permanently damage some surfaces. That’s why you can’t safely use a scrubbing powder on furniture or stone countertops.

If you are trying to reduce the amount of chemicals used in your home, natural or green cleaning products can be quite effective if used correctly.

Tip 5: Not cleaning your cleaning equipment and tools

The tools you use for cleaning can be making matters worse and spreading bacteria and soil around. If not handled properly, kitchen sponges are breeding grounds for coliform bacteria (Salmonella or E.coli). A washing machine that has not been cleaned regularly can redeposit body soil and leave laundry smelling terrible. And, that dirty vacuum can be puffing out dust with every use.

Take time to wash cleaning cloths, mop heads and scrubbing brushes and clean vacuum filters and cups between every use. Disposable tools like disinfecting wipes, electrostatic cloths and dusters are great, but not if you try to use only one to clean the entire house. Tackle each cleaning task with a fresh disposable.

Tip 6: Trying to do tasks that a professional can do better

Carpet deep cleaning is a good example.  Some householders think it is easier to rent a steam cleaning machine and steam clean the carpet themselves.  The advertisements for steam cleaning equipment makes it sound so simple but the truth is that task is time consuming and difficult.  You need to find the right equipment.  You have to spend time finding the right equipment.  You have to learn how to use it.  And you have to know what solution to put in

If you don’t have the right technique you may be doing it wrong resulting it a less than perfect clean.  You also run the risk of over-wetting the carpet which can result in more troublesome mould growth.

For carpet cleaning, call DryTech Carpet Cleaning today.  You have enough cleaning chores to do at home so let the professionals handle this one.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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