You can find a diversity of ideas for domestic cleaning. Most of your relatives also share with pleasure those home improvement tips. It is not easy to assimilate all that information and filter out the useful practices. Let’s help you by debunking 9 popular cleaning myths.
Myth 1: Any detergent can kill any microbes
In fact, not all cleaning detergents are the same. Using an antibacterial product or disinfectant does not bring the same results. Usually, antibacterial detergents are designed to kill 99% of all bacteria, whereas disinfectants are able to deal with a wider spectre of microbes, for example viruses.
Anti-microbe solutions are fit for surfaces like drawers, cupboards and blinds. Disinfectants are perfect for much dirtier places. You can use them for the kitchen sink, the tube, the bathroom floor and so on.
Myth 2: Cleaning sprays should be wiped off immediately
Cleaning compounds and components need a certain amount of time to be in contact with the contaminated surface. This way they kill the microbes more efficiently. In order to be sure you use the product right, read carefully the instructions on the label. Usually, antibacterial detergents need around 30 seconds to work, whereas disinfectants should be left for around 10 minutes.
Myth 3: Bleach is a universal cleaner
Well, bleach is quite a good one and not very expensive disinfectant, but it is not the only cleaning solution you need. Many of the surfaces in your home do not need disinfection. Apart from that, the bleach formula is quite strong and can be too harsh on most of the natural surfaces, such as stone or marble. In order to be sure that the bleach won’t damage the surface which you will disinfect, it’s best to try it out in places, which are not visible or covered by a piece of furniture.
Myth 4: Natural cleaning works as good as the professional detergents
It will be really great, if it is true, but it is not. Lemon juice and vinegar can do great job to clean tiles and windows, but they can’t kill all bacteria in the toilet seat, for example. In its full power, vinegar is good to deal with mould, but gives in to viruses and bacteria.
What’s more, you shouldn’t use vinegar on wood, or on cellular structures. It is not a good idea to pour it on carpet stains, since it can mask the smell, but not deal with the problem entirely. Baking soda or an eco-friendly detergent will do better.
Myth 5: The cleaned spot smells good
Cleanliness and fresh odour are not the same thing. The nice smell comes from natural oils or chemicals which have added artificial fresheners. It is a fact, that the dirty surfaces which don’t smell nice and pleasant, doesn’t mean they are not disinfected or cleaned right. No matter if the detergent is perfumed or not, it has the same cleaning power. Remember that if you or any member of your family is sensitive to strong smells and fresheners or even has allergic reactions or asthma, it is better to choose fragrance-free cleaning solutions (including softeners and laundry detergents).
Myth 6: Professional cleaning shrinks the carpets
If the carpets are made of natural fibres, cleaning them causes shrinking of the fabric. The professional carpet cleaning companies though know exactly how to deal with the different types of materials, although today most of the carpets are made of synthetic fibres. That decreases the risk of shrinking almost completely. Trust a professional company and check if the fabric is completely dry after treatment.
Myth 7: Vacuum cleaners damage the carpets
Although a lot of people clean regularly their carpets with a vacuum cleaners, the experts think that the rough brush of the appliance can damage the fibres. Yet, dirt usually brings more damage to the accessors, so that’s why you shouldn’t worry if you find balls of fibres in the vacuum cleaner bag. Usually, the damage is very small, if you clean them two or three times per week, whereas if you don’t clean them well enough, there is a risk of bacteria development.
Myth 8: We have to polish the furniture regularly
Some people think, that they have to polish the wooden furniture every time they clean the room. If they don’t pick the right product, it can damage the wood and matte the surface. The oils in the polishers attract the dust particles, which creates a situation where you will have to inevitably clean the surfaces all the time. That’s why it is best to use just a microfibre cloth.
Myth 9: The more detergent, the better the cleaning
If you overdose the cleaning product, there is a possibility that, instead of dealing with the problem, you create another. The more soap or solution does not make the surfaces cleaner. It actually increases the risk of not rinsing well the spots and leave a part of the detergents there. In some appliances, such as a dishwasher or a washing machine, the more detergent quantity creates a lot of foam, which can easily damage the equipment.