As we officially welcome spring, it’s time we get our hands dirty and do our annual spring clean. The thing is, spring-cleaning is not necessarily the most exciting home activity, but is something we need to do anyway.While you may be cleaning with all the vigour and determination you can muster, you might actually be making subtle mistakes that you could be completely oblivious to, making your spring-cleaning efforts meaningless.
The following tips will shine some light on mistakes you could be making when spring-cleaning and should help you recognise the right way to clean your home.
You know the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”, this applies when you choose to start cleaning. To make sure you get the most done in your spring cleaning day or weekend, make a list of what to do and if you have help, be sure to delegate different responsibilities. Put together your cleaning supplies so that you don’t have to make frequent trips to get what you need.
A lot of of the cleaning products that we use in our homes are quite harmful to our skin so be sure to wear protective gloves so that your hands are kept safe from chemicals.
Using Wrong Products
A common mistake that people make when cleaning is using an all-purpose cleaner on all surfaces. The problem with these cleaners is that, some surfaces and materials require a specific type of cleaner to preserve its finish. Take some to see what products your kitchen tops or living room furniture might need and use them instead of all-purpose cleaners.
Clean High Clean Low
Don’t forget to clean on top of fridges and fans or any other high reaching area. One often forgets these places and this is where dust primarily accumulates.
Dirty Cloths and Sponges
Sponges and cloths are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. A common mistake made is not having your kitchen sponge replaced regularly and not cleaning your drying/ dusting / wiping cloths more often. Another common mistake people make when cleaning, is using dirty clothes on dry surfaces, which cause streaks. Make sure you replace or clean the cloths you use for shinning and dusting furniture.
Forgetting Germ Hot Spots
Cleaning the obvious dirt you see is easy, but don’t forget to clean the things you have the most contact with like, taps, the TV remote, light switches, door handles etc. Because our hands carry so many germs these objects are, hot spots for germs to multiply so don’t forget to disinfect on a regular basis.
No matter how long it takes or how tiring the task may be to clean your home, there is no greater feeling than having a clean and organised house. So, what are you waiting for? Get to it already, it is time for a fresh spring start.