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3 Common Cleaning Mistakes that Actually Make Your Home Dirtier

Few people actually enjoy cleaning, but it’s certainly better than living in filth and disarray. Still, many of us are prone to cutting corners and taking shortcuts when cleaning house whether intentionally or not.

Heck, even some common practices could be making your house dirtier without you even realizing it.

That’s why it’s important to avoid these common mistakes.

1. Dusting the Old-Fashioned Way

If your idea of dusting is whipping out the trusty ol’ feather duster, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. While it may trap dust, it doesn’t get rid of it. Instead, traditional dusters just spread the dust around. When it settles, you’re back to square one.

Instead, use a microfiber cleaning cloth with an appropriate cleaning solution. Then, you can toss the cloth in the washing machine to actually rid yourself of that dust.

2. Overdoing It with Cleaning Solutions

Many of us tend to spray cleaner directly onto whatever surface we’re cleaning. However, this can lead to a product buildup which can cause surfaces to become greasy and even attract more dirt. The same goes for mopping with too much soap and not rinsing or overusing carpet shampoos.

Try spraying your cleaners onto a cleaning cloth instead and then wiping down the surface with that. With carpet shampooers and when mopping, use less than the recommended amount of soap. When cleaning floors, we suggest doing a second pass – whether with a carpet cleaner or mop – with just water.

3. Cleaning the Floors First

Sometimes we just want to see a clean floor first and foremost, however, this isn’t the best approach. When you start cleaning from the floor up, you’re just making more work for yourself.

Dust, food crumbs, and other debris can easily fall onto the floor when you’re cleaning furniture. That means you’ll likely to have to re-do the floor all over again.

To avoid this, start cleaning from the top down. Start with blinds and windows, then move on to tables, countertops, and other furniture. The floor should be the last thing you clean.

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