SILLY CLEANING MISTAKES YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING
It’s inevitable, cleaning mistakes are going to happen. When they do, you have to figure out how to fix them and move on.
Some cleaning mistakes just make the job more difficult but still accomplish the same result. Some mistakes prevent you from cleaning the mess, and others just make it much worse.
Regardless of their result, you can avoid a lot of these mistakes by learning from those of us who’ve already made them. Here’s a list of some of the most common cleaning mistakes I know of, and how to fix them.
Using a feather duster to dust everything is a common and easy mistake to make. A feather duster is best used for removing a small amount of light dust from decor items and around trinkets. It has a bit of static electricity that’s supposed to collect and hold on to the surface dust.
Another mistake most people make is thinking a feather duster can hold way more dust than it actually can. They don’t shake it out often enough and use it on bigger jobs than it can handle. Once there is a bit of visible build-up, a feather duster will just push the dust around instead of really removing it. Plus, feather dusters are notorious for leaving behind little feather remnants that just add to your mess.
Feather Duster Fix
Use a feather duster for decor items and collections that are a pain in the rear to move and clean. You’ll need to dust frequently and make sure you shake out the duster in between very small sections.
If dust has built up enough to create a visual layer, use a microfiber cloth sprayed with a dusting spray to remove the dust.
NOT CLEANING IN A SPECIFIC PATTERN
Cleaning whatever, whenever might make you feel like you’re being productive, but that’s a mistake that’s going to add work, time, and frustration to your cleaning chores.
If you start cleaning your kitchen by vacuuming because there are some crumbs driving you crazy, you’re going to end up doing double the work. You’ll need to vacuum again after you clean off the counters.
No Pattern Fix
Always clean in a ‘top down’ or top to bottom pattern so you aren’t dirtying up surfaces you’ve just cleaned. Working in a side to side pattern will also make you more efficient and prevent re-cleaning. When I start my spring cleaning, I dust my ceilings throughout the entire house first so I’m not stirring up any cobwebs after cleaning my furniture.
USING THE SAME CLOTH FOR THE ENTIRE JOB
You might be tempted to grab one cloth and use it for the entire room or even worse, you’re entire home. This would be a serious error on your part.
Different surfaces hold on to different types of dirt and bacteria. If you’re cleaning all surfaces with the same cloth, you’re cross-contaminating your entire room.
When you wipe a surface, the dirt transfers to the cloth . . . then right on to the next surface you wipe. That could be pretty gross, especially in the kitchen or bathroom.
SAME CLOTH FIX
Rinsing your cloth in hot water and reapplying a cleaning solution can help remedy this blunder, but the best fix is to use different cloths for different applications. I buy my microfiber cloths in a bundle that includes different colors so I can keep them separate when cleaning. I use the blue for dirty surfaces like the floors, garbage can area, toilet, etc. The green for glass surfaces, and the yellow for cabinets, doors, etc.
WHAT CLEANING MISTAKES HAVE YOU MADE?