Though cleaning is a routine work and most of you are experts in it, there are times when a mistake happens. A slight carelessness or lack of awareness can cause such mistakes. Some mistakes, when neglected, can cost you a lot. Here are few such cleaning mistakes which you should avoid at all cost.
1) Cleaning bottom up: The general rule of cleaning is that you should start from the ceiling of the room and move downwards. Sweeping and mopping the floor should be the last cleaning work to be done. If it is done the other way around, it will result in additional work.
2) Not doing a patch test: While cleaning carpets and sofa, especially with a new cleaning product, it is always better to do a patch test in an area not quite visible before using the product for the entire sofa or carpet. By doing a patch test, you can make out whether the fabric shrinks or color fades.
3) Cleaning spill the wrong way: Whenever there is a liquid spill on the carpet, always bloat it dry first with a paper towel. Once the spill is completely dry, clean it with a cleaning agent. For solid spill, remove the spill first with a blunt knife then bloat the area dry before cleaning. While cleaning do not rub the stained area. Spray the stain removing solution, allow it to soak the stain then bloat it dry.
4) Not allowing to soak: While cleaning, the general tendency is to spray the dirty surface with a cleaner and wipe or scrub it down instantly. This will not give the desired result, and require excess scrubbing as well. On the other hand, if you allow the dirt to soak in the solution for some time, cleaning becomes much easier. The best way to do it is to start the cleaning process after spraying all the surfaces and do the scrubbing job at the end once all other jobs are over.
5) Using the wrong cleaning equipment or tool: While using a vacuum cleaner, remember to use the right attachment to get the best result. Never use a rough scrubber for smooth surfaces like ceramic and porcelain. This can leave scratches on its surface.
6) Cleaning marble with lemon: There is no doubt that lemon is an all-purpose cleaner. But it is not advisable to use lemon on all surfaces especially stones like marble. Lemon is an acid, and it reacts with the marble resulting in fading of the stone.
The last and the worst mistake most of you do is to undertake all work on your own. This is fine as far as the work is superficial. But in case any deep cleaning work is required, it is best to seek the help of a maid service. That way you are assured of a professional service at a very reasonable rate.