6 House Cleaning Mistakes You're Probably Making (But Didn't Know)!

PropertyGuru Editorial Team
As the saying goes, we’re only human and we make mistakes all the time. But don’t worry, we’re not about to get all heavy and talk about the life-changing mistakes that people have made.
We’re going to talk about the more common mistakes that everyone has probably made when cleaning, and the best part: they take place in your own home!
It’s important to not look pass these house cleaning mistakes because by doing so, all that effort you put into cleaning house will go to waste. It will be like you never even started! So, what are they?

1) Washing Windows On A Sunny Day

The sun’s out in full force, the skies are clear – you’re thinking it’ll be the best time to roll up your sleeves and get round to making the house in tip-top condition.
Well, you might want to re-think that, especially when it comes to cleaning the windows.
Opt to clean your windows either early in the day or later in the afternoon, when it’s slightly cooler.
Make sure you’re not doing it while the sun is blazing hot because the glass cleaner will dry up too quickly, resulting in streaks on your windows.
However, if you don’t have the time, you could use a window squeegee instead of a cloth; it’ll clean the windows faster.

2) Cleaning Without Gloves

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Another common but crucial mistake most people make is by not wearing gloves when they’re cleaning.
We know how the unpleasant odour and texture of rubber gloves can throw you off, which results in you opting out of keeping your hands protected.
But keep in mind, our skin is very absorbent, which means touching all those cleaning chemicals can bring about harm to our health.
The least that could happen would be skin irritations or rashes, while the worst that could happen would be the chemicals your skin absorbs end up entering your bloodstream and organs, putting your health at risk.

3) Putting A Rinsed Toilet Brush In The Holder Immediately

You’re probably thinking – what’s the point of the holder if I can’t put the brush back where it rightfully belongs? Doesn’t it just defeat the purpose?
Well, we’re not saying to not use the holder, just don’t put it in immediately.
This is because after using the toilet brush, it’ll still be wet, causing water to drip and retain in the holder. Thus, causing bacteria build-up on both the brush AND the holder.
So, the next time you use it, you’ll be spreading more germs all over your toilet bowl! Eeew, yuck.

4) Cleaning From The Ground Up

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Don’t worry, you’re not alone, everyone is bound to make this mistake.
When cleaning, a lot of us make the mistake of cleaning from the ground up, thinking that it would be better to clean the biggest surface areas first.
Unfortunately, you’ll end up having to do double the cleaning! This is because when you’re cleaning fans, shelves, sofas, tables, and whatnot, the dust or crumbs will fall to the floors.
So, you’ll have to clean the floors all over again!

5) Using A Feather Duster

One of the common myths of cleaning is that feather dusters will get the job done too. Unfortunately, this is not true – feather dusters don’t actually clean.
No matter how much you’d like to believe it, feather dusters do not trap and lock dust, all it does is spread it around or push it off the surface.
Therefore, giving you the “out of sight, out of mind” illusion.

6) Ignoring The Little Guys

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We’re always looking past the smaller details at home – big mistake! Did you know, the dirtiest things in your house are the ones which are commonly used or touched?
For example, door fixtures, light switches, and electronic controllers. These are the items we touch on an almost-daily basis, so it would only make sense that it’ll be germ infested.
So, be sure to pay attention and clean the little guys too!
Cleaning house is no one’s’ favourite chore – it’s tedious and takes up a lot of time. Especially when there’s so many dos and don’ts to it!
So, why stress yourself over it when you can hire our cleaning experts to get the job done for you! Plus, enjoy reservice when the job is deemed unsatisfactory.
This post was contributed by Kaodim.

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