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Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

September 16th, 2011 Bed and Bath

Despite your best intentions, you may not always be doing your home a favor by cleaning it. There are several common mistakes that people make when sprucing up their home that can actually make it dirtier or ruin certain objects.

Scratchy sponges
Not every mess is easy to wipe up with a soft sponge, so tougher varieties exist to scrape off dried-up grime and stains. Unfortunately, many of these products can scratch the object or surface you're cleaning, which can cause more stains to develop in the future. Instead of scrubbing it vigorously, let caked-on residue soak for a while before wiping it off with a standard sponge.

Rushing the job
It's pretty easy to take a cleaning spray around the house, but if you wipe it off too fast, you'll be leaving germs behind. You may get rid of dirt, but if you don't let a disinfectant sit long enough, it won't have time to kill bacteria. Most labels now suggest a time to aim for, which is usually around 60 seconds.

Mixing cleaners
Mixing certain types of cleaners can be hazardous to your health. For example, bleach and the acids found in many bathroom cleaning products can create chlorine gas, which is highly toxic. If you're working in a room that's not well-ventilated, this could be fatal. Use one product at a time to ensure that you don't facilitate any harmful reactions.

Skipping bedclothes
You may be diligent about changing the sheets and pillow cases, but your duvet, pillows and comforters need to be cleaned as well. This will get rid of dust mites that feed on the protein found in your hair, skin cells and feathers. Wash or dry-clean these items at least once per month.