Having a tidy home is one way of ensuring quality of life for the family. You can avoid getting sick as well as prevent accidents from happening if the place where you live is spotless and organized.
You probably think that you’re already doing a good job of staying on top of the cleaning game. You declutter here and there every single day, do the dishes, take care of the laundry.
But are you sure you are doing all of these things right?
According to professional residential cleaners in Dubai, most homeowners “clean” – unfortunately, not properly. Thus, there is not much difference between the condition of their home before they cleaned, and after they have completed the task.
So, the pros have listed tidying up mistakes a lot of homeowners are guilty of that lead to cross-contamination, deep-seated dirt, and time-wasting duplicate efforts, as well as how to correct these mistakes.
By knowing these, you can make sure that your “cleaning” is actually achieving the intended ideal difference for your family’s health and wellbeing.
Mistake #1: Using old dishwashing pads
Most homeowners are guilty of using dishwashing pads for too long just because they have not completely fallen apart yet. The problem here is those pads accumulate bacteria easily and you may just be spreading harmful microorganisms to all your dishes as you are washing them.
Correct Practice: Replace your dishwashing pad every two weeks
Do not think it a waste of money to do so. Washing pads are cheap after all, and replacing them more frequently costs much less than paying for medication and doctor’s fees because of an illness.
But, if you really want to use your dishwashing pad for longer, wash it thoroughly with detergent and disinfect it by heating it in the microwave oven, or dousing it with boiling water.
Mistake #2: Vacuuming in the same direction all the time
It is easy to work the vacuum around the same route all the time but this only traps dirt into carpets more.
Correct Practice: Vacuum at different angles and directions
This will help ensure that you do not miss ground-in dirt. Also, this will keep your carpet fibers fluffier for longer and easier to clean.
Mistake #3: Leaving clothes in the dryer
People with busy lives do not think it an issue to let clothes sit in the dryer. Even if you used a great fabric conditioner and dried the clothes with the permanent press setting, they will become wrinkled if you do not take them out of the dryer right away.
Correct Practice: If you can’t take the clothes after they have been dried, put the dryer on extended tumble
This practice will periodically toss clothes without heat for a preset amount of time to prevent creases from forming.
Mistake #4: Not cleaning inside the closet regularly
Most homeowners think that preventing dust accumulation in the closet is just a matter of keeping the doors closed. Not true. Dust can easily build up even in closets that are closed most of the time and they are also prone to moths.
Correct Practice: Clean out closets once every three months and put some items into storage
Haul everything out, vacuum, and disinfect your closets. Likewise, make it a habit to clean the baseboards and the floors weekly to prevent dust buildup.
It also helps to reduce the number of items stored in the closets. Take out those that you do not use but do not want to throw or give away, and place them in a local storage facility.
Mistake #5: Keeping taps and shower head sparkling but not sanitizing them
Very few people actually bother to sanitize or disinfect their shower heads and taps. It is important to do so because these plumbing components are prone to mineral buildup or the formation of gunk (the greenish-black film you can scrape from inside your taps).
Correct Practice: Disinfect taps and showerheads every month
Put vinegar in a plastic bag and cover your taps and showerheads with it. Some people like to add a bit of baking soda for extra cleaning action before securing the bag with vinegar in place with a rubber band.
Soak taps and showerheads in the solution for about 30 minutes to dissolve gunk.
A clean house is a healthy place
Maintaining a clean house is an important responsibility, and if you are struggling to stay on top of it properly, you do not have to take on this task yourself all the time. Entrust it to a professional cleaning company.
Take advantage of deep cleaning services for your home and ensure all areas of your house are properly cleaned.
Consider steam cleaning, too, if you are worried about the proliferation of disease-carrying germs.
Such services may cost you some, but with these, you can free yourself from worries that your family’s health is at risk because of an inefficiently cleaned home.
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.