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  • Writer's pictureChristal Marshall

10 cleaning mistakes to avoid

1. Using too much cleaning product: Using excessive amounts of cleaning product can leave behind residue and make surfaces sticky. Follow the instructions on the product label for the recommended amount to use.

2. Using the wrong cleaning product: Different surfaces require different cleaning products. Using a product that is not suitable for a particular surface can damage it. Always read the labels and use the appropriate cleaning product for each surface.

3. Not dusting before vacuuming: Dusting surfaces before vacuuming ensures that any loosened dirt or debris doesn't settle back onto the cleaned surfaces.

4. Neglecting to clean high-touch areas: Frequently touched areas like light switches, doorknobs, and remote controls can harbor germs and bacteria. Make sure to include these areas in your regular cleaning routine.

5. Using dirty cleaning tools: Using dirty cleaning tools, such as a dirty mop or sponge, can spread dirt and bacteria instead of cleaning effectively. Rinse and clean your cleaning tools after each use to avoid cross-contamination.

6. Not allowing enough time for cleaning products to work: Many cleaning products require a certain amount of time to sit on a surface to effectively break down dirt and grime. Read the instructions and give the product enough time to work before wiping it away.

7. Cleaning from bottom to top: When cleaning multiple surfaces in a room, it's important to start from the top and work your way down. This prevents dust and dirt from settling on already cleaned surfaces.

8. Using abrasive materials on delicate surfaces: Scrubbing delicate surfaces with abrasive materials, such as steel wool or rough sponges, can cause scratches and damage. Use gentle cleaning tools on delicate surfaces to avoid this.

9. Neglecting to clean hidden areas: It's easy to forget about cleaning hidden areas like behind appliances, under furniture, or inside cabinets. Regularly clean these areas to prevent dust buildup and potential pest infestations.

10. Not cleaning cleaning tools: Cleaning tools like vacuum filters, broom bristles, and mop heads can become dirty and ineffective over time. Regularly clean and maintain these tools to ensure they are working efficiently.

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