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By: Rain City Maids
Nov 06, 2017

Cleaning your home can be quite the puzzle, and sometimes, despite your best efforts, the results may not be as satisfying as you'd hoped. Believe it or not, cleaning is a skill that requires technical know-how. Without using the right cleaning agents, techniques, and tools, you may find yourself falling short of your desired pristine home. 

Whether you reside in a cozy studio apartment or a sprawling bungalow, maintaining cleanliness is an ongoing challenge. You diligently tackle daily cleaning tasks and even schedule deep-cleaning sessions every few months. But here's the thing—have you ever wondered if you're truly achieving a thorough clean each time? 

It's surprising to discover that there are common cleaning mistakes that have become ingrained in our routines, almost like they're part of the norm. However, fear not, because there's a solution. Ever considered customized house cleaning? We'll delve into that later, but first, let's uncover these cleaning blunders and ensure you never fall into their trap again.

Cleaning Your Windows on a Bright Sunny Day

Even if the bright sunshine inspires you to clean your windows and make them gleam, you should stop yourself. Due to the Sun's heat, the cleaning solution you use will dry too quickly and may leave streaks on the glass. It is better to pick a cloudy day or work when the temperature outside is not higher than 70°F.

Using Chemical Cleaning Spray on Electronic Gadgets

Okay, in many advertisements they may portray that a general cleaner can clean even your television screens or other electronic goods. But, that does nothing good at all. It is because electronic products are delicate, and can quickly get damaged with the use of most general cleaning solutions. So, it is best if you do not use glass cleaning sprays directly on your desktop, laptop, or television screens. Spray it on a microfiber cloth, then use the cloth to clean and wipe your electronic gadgets.

Using too much Cleaning Product

It is very tempting to rid messes and stains, with the aid of a surplus of cleaning supplies goods available. These companies all aim to sell more products, so they advertise that using more would work better. So, using more product is just a waste and may eventually create a sticky buildup on whatever surface you are cleaning. The amount you should use is usually on the label, indicating the recommended amount. Follow the recommended amount and save money by not using more than you require.

Using Vinegar and Lemon Juice as All-Purpose Cleaning Solution

Are you a firm believer and fan of the home-made cleaning solutions and its vasts uses? Then, you must be familiar with the baking soda+vinegar and the lemon juice solution, and their supposed incredible cleaning properties. Many people apply this non-chemical paste to all kinds of surfaces as they believe it is gentle. While baking soda is a mild abrasive, vinegar and lemon juice are acidic, meaning they are not suitable for cleaning most wooden surfaces. Always check and test first in a small portion of the wooden surface to see if vinegar does not ruin the surface.

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Always Using Furniture Polish Every Time You Dust

In the old days, people used furniture polish and oils when cleaning furniture. Back then, they did not have a protective topcoat. However, it is now an unnecessary step. If you have an antique piece of furniture, you can still proceed to use furniture wax or oil occasionally. However, it is ideal if you stick with the same product to avoid buildup on the finish. Using a variety of furniture wax or oil with different base ingredients may create a viscid residue due to chemical reactions. Now, when clean more modern pieces of furniture, use a slightly damp piece of microfiber cloth and use it to dust with the grain.

Cleaning the Sponge Using Only "Antibacterial" Dish Soap

Washing dishes by hand needs to maintain the sponge germ-free. However, washing it using only a dishwashing detergent is not enough, even if it is "Antibacterial." claims and you have two options. You can either change the sponges at short intervals or prolong their lifespan by putting them in the microwave for 20 seconds. Alternatively, you can use a sponge sanitizer.

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