The 10 Most Common Cleaning Mistakes

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You know what they say: work smarter, not harder. Are you making any of these common residential cleaning mistakes?

Trying to Do it All at Once

Trying to do everything at once is a recipe for disaster (and a lot of stress)! Instead of cutting corners and getting overwhelmed, do your home cleaning throughout the week in short intervals. Try setting a timer for a half hour every day or cleaning a different room in your home each weekday.  

Overthinking It

Many people think that using more of something is always better, but when it comes to residential cleaning that isn’t the case.  Cleaning with more product will not make up for months of missed cleaning.

Going All Natural All of the Time

All natural cleaners made from ingredients around the house are more popular than ever, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best choice for the job. Before using your vinegar or lemon concoction around the home, research the solution to make sure it is good for the surfaces you plan to use it on.  

Choosing the Wrong Tool

Just like with anything else, choosing the wrong tool for the job is a big residential cleaning mistake.

Speed Cleaning

Depending on the area in the home, the cleaning products might need to sit for a while to properly work. If you have a major mess, let the product sit and come back again later.

Skipping the Directions

Assuming that cleaning items packaged similarly have similar applications and uses is a big no-no—always read the label!

Assuming Every Product Will Work the Same

This common residential cleaning mistake occurs because many homeowners assume every product in a category is the same in terms of usage. Make sure you know how to use and apply the actual product you purchased, not just generic floor cleaner.

Mixing and Matching

Mixing cleaning products together can be a recipe for disaster, so never try to mix and match for a stronger effect.

Doing it All By Yourself

It can be tempting to get everything done by yourself, especially if you think it won’t take long, but enlisting the whole family is a great way to speed the process along and remind them that chores are everyone’s responsibility.

Doing Everything by Hand

Another big residential cleaning mistake is not using your convenience appliances, like dishwashers, to help finish the job.

Professional Residential Cleaning from Misty Clean

If your home is looking a little less than tidy, Misty Clean can help! We offer professional cleaning services throughout the Anne Arundel area, Howard County, downtown Baltimore, and Baltimore County. We are happy to provide you with a great one-time cleaning, stop by once or twice a week, or just swing by in the spring and fall to clean up your home. We have a great deal of expertise in cleaning homes and businesses, so trust us with restoring your home to rights. If you are ready to get your home Misty Clean, give us a call at (410) 255-4111 or visit us online. For more cleaning tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.


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