6 cleaning mistakes all first-time home owners/renters make
For first-time property owners and renters, nothing can be more exciting than finally moving to their new home. But there is one thing that they won’t look forward to: cleaning their home.
Whether it’s cleaning the house or flat before settling in or including this in their daily and weekly chores, there is nothing fun and thrilling about keeping one’s abode neat and tidy.
As a first-time homeowner or tenant, it is highly likely that you will find the task of residential cleaning challenging. But by avoiding the usual cleaning mistakes below, you will have an easier and less stressful time keeping it in a spotless condition.
1. Using dirty cleaning tools and supplies
Most of the time, buying new cleaning tools and other supplies is not a priority for new homeowners and tenants. They would rather spend money on getting new furniture, appliances, and decorations for their new home. As such, their home cleaning arsenal would just consist of their old cleaning tools and supplies.
But before you use your old rags, sponges, mops, brooms, and vacuum in your new home, make sure they are thoroughly clean. Otherwise, you will never get your home perfectly clean. You will also just spread germs from your old home to your new one.
As such, before using these items, disinfect and rinse your old usable rags and sponges. Clean your mops, brooms, and vacuum carefully as well. By doing so, you will be sure you prevent the spread of bacteria and have a truly spic and span home.
2. Cleaning from the bottom up
If you didn’t do much cleaning before, now is the perfect time for you to know that doing this task systematically will give you better results. This means that you can’t start cleaning one room because it is smaller or contains less furniture thus making it easier to tackle.
A good tip to follow is to start cleaning the highest points or areas such as the ceilings, cabinet tops, and shelves before moving on to the lower ones. This is because when you dust or wipe these areas first, you ensure that you are bringing the dirt down to the floor and you can sweep or vacuum them later on.
If you clean the floor, tables, and other furniture first before tackling the higher areas, you will end up sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting twice.
3. Using a dry rag for dusting
Dry rags and sponges will simply move dust and dirt around. They can also scratch surfaces. Wet these items first before using them so that dust and dirt can cling to them. You can then rinse the dirt off these after each use.
You can also use a soft duster or a microfiber cloth when dusting since they are also better at grabbing and holding onto particles.
4. Using too much water
Water is your best friend when cleaning. However, you can’t use always use it all the time.
Using water to keep your upholstery looking new is a big no-no. This is because some fabrics can be easily damaged by water. Some fabrics also don’t dry out properly which can cause mildew and unsightly water stains.
In addition, never use a wet rag or sponge to clean metal fixtures and components since this could result in rust.
5. Mixing different cleaning products
You may think that combining different products such as ammonia, bleach, and detergent to make one all-around cleaning product is a good idea. However, mixing them will result in a really strong solution that can damage surfaces like bespoke wooden cabinets and features, carpet, and laminate.
The resulting product can also create fumes that will have ill effects on your health.
6. Not ventilating your home
Lastly, when cleaning your home, always keep your windows open. Even if you are just using water and non-toxic products, the smells and chemicals can easily build up in your home. These scents can then wreak havoc on someone with allergies or breathing issues.
Aside from opening your windows, use fans to circulate fresh air into your home.
Above all, don’t hesitate to invest in apartment or house deep cleaning services if your home needs more than a typical washing or wipe down. By doing so, you will have a cleaner and healthier home. And you will avoid making time-consuming and possibly expensive cleaning mistakes that most first-time homeowners or renters tend to commit.
About the author
Rania Bellos launched Dust Busters Cleaning Services with the help and support of her husband after spending 15 years working in the banking and finance industry in France, Lebanon and the UAE. She welcomes the daily challenges and exciting opportunities provided by the highly competitive residential and commercial cleaning services market.