5 Popular Cleaning Tips that Don’t Actually Work


There are many tips and tricks when it comes to cleaning, so one can understand that it is easy to get confused and sometimes use cleaning methods that don’t work – or even methods that are actually working against you.

Keep reading to see if you’re making any of these common cleaning mistakes, and hopefully you’ll find this article useful!

Cleaning windows on a sunny day

A bright, sunny day might seem like the perfect time to clean those dirty windows – the light will ensure you won’t miss a single stain. This is not true as the heat of the sun will dry the cleaning solution you use too quickly, leaving streaks on the glass. So opt for a cloudy day next time you’re about to make your windows gleam.

Scrubbing your carpet when you spill something

Most of us instinctively just want to scrub vigorously when we spill something on the carpet, but try not to do that next time. Scrubbing untwists carpet fibres, which causes the pile to become distorted. This means that even if you eventually manage to remove the stain, you’ve damaged the carpet permanently. What you should do is to first scrape up what you can with a spoon. Then blot the area with a clean white cloth or paper towel until dry. After this you can get your stain remover out and treat the area.

Using natural cleaning products on everything

People often think that homemade, natural cleaning solutions, such as vinegar and lemon juice are mild and can’t damage any surfaces. However, both lemon juice and vinegar are acids which can damage natural surfaces, such as limestone, marble, travertine and onyx. They can dull the appearance of stone permanently, so make sure you only use cleaning solutions that are designed for natural surfaces.

Cleaning TV and computer screens with window cleaner

It might seem tempting and like a good idea to clean your computer display and TV screen with a window cleaning spray, but it definitely isn’t. The alcohol and ammonia that most window cleaners contain can severely damage plasma and LCD/LED screens. Instead, turn off the device and use a dry, ultra soft cloth (microfibre cloth for cleaning glasses is ideal) and gently wipe the screen without pressing. If you can’t completely remove the dirt, you can buy special spray for cleaning screens or make one yourself by mixing 50% water with 50% vinegar. (Never spray directly on to any screen, spray the cloth instead.)

Mixing your cleaning products

This one isn’t a popular cleaning tip in itself, but we just want to include it more as a warning. Most people wouldn’t mix things such as bleach and ammonia (it can inflame your airways and damage the lining of your lungs), but you should actually never mix any cleaning products. Commercial cleaning products contain many different ingredients that can create very dangerous blends when combined. This can be dangerous especially if you’re cleaning in a small, enclosed space – so be safe and use only one product at a time.

We hope you found this article useful. We offer commercial eco-friendly cleaning services in London and the south east of England – and you can trust us to know which tricks work and which don’t.

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