Home cleaning in Singapore is a tedious and time consuming task for some people and because of that, many people usually makes certain mistakes. But one can’t ignore to clean his/her house regularly because it can be harmful to for their health and their family’s health. Cleaning the wrong way can also lead to frustrations waste of time and even need for replacement. Though many people actually take it lightly when it comes to proper home cleaning practices, some practices can actually do you more harm than good.
Below are 6 common mistakes to avoid when cleaning your home.
1. Combining cleaners
One common mistake that many residents in Singapore normally do is combining cleaners. Never mix your cleaning materials unless the manufacturer has clearly stated so. When you mix your cleaning materials, things can turn the way you did not expect. It is very dangerous to mix detergents that you have little knowledge about. For instance, when you mix bathroom products which mostly contain acids with a bleaching agent, chlorine gas will be produce which is very poisonous and can very serious health consequences. It is not your work to do the mixology, leave that to the manufacture and only do so if the manufacture has allowed.
2. Using wrong equipments
Using a particular tool to perform certain task that is not intended to do can actually do more harm than good. Don’t use a tool that is too abrasive for the job. Some equipment can actually scratch your valuable items thus causing permanent damage. For instance, if you use a hard brush to wash your carpet, it can damage the carpet more than cleaning it. This is because carpets are made of fiber and when you scrub it with a hard brush , you will be untwisting the fiber leaving it distorted and once the damage is done, there is no way you can reverse it.
To avoid damaging your hard earned items in your house, make sure you use the right equipments to avoid causing damage. Generally it is recommended that you use hard brushes on plastic and woods and soft materials on abrasive glass and metals. If you are not sure on how to correctly handle a certain cleaning tool or equipments make sure you consult an expert.
3. Cleaning in wrong order
Some people actually have no idea where to start cleaning and where to end. They don’t know whether they should start cleaning the floor first or the window or weather to start cleaning the leaving room first or the kitchen. The best cleaning strategy is always to start at the top then you go downwards. For instance, to prevent dust particles from flying all over the place after you have cleaned your home, make sure you dust before you vacuum. Always remember to start from the top and slowly progress downwards.
4. Using more products than needed
Sometimes it may seems like one capfuls or two caps are not enough but when you use more that directed, you are actually asking for problems. First, some fumes for some cleaners can cause problems for allergy or asthma sufferers in your house. It can even knock you out. It also leaves more products to wash off. Using more than what is need is just a waste of resource and in addition it will also take more of your time to actually clean the product. To avoid any inconvenience, always use the recommended amount of cleaning product.
5. Not following instructions
Every product normally comes with its own instructions and there is a reason for that. If a particular product say soak and wait for 20 minutes make sure you do so. You will actually create more work for yourself if you choose to ignore the instructions stated and do it your own way. Furthermore, you will not get the desired results if you don’t follow the instruction stated to the latter. To get the best result, always make sure that you follow all instructions provided by the manufacture.
6. Using mild and organic products
Although it can be very tempting to use organic products like vinegar or lemon to clean surfaces, you should be very careful on their use. Vinegar and lemon contain acid which can easily damage surfaces such as limestone, onyx and marble they can also damage the appearance of a stone permanently. Lemon and vinegar are only perfect for fiberglass and ceramic tiles.
In conclusion, using the wrong tool or product to clean your house will not only cause serious damage to your items but also waste your time and resources. If you are not sure on how to use a certain product, make sure you seek professional advice.