Unlike the elusive Pikachu in Pokémon Go, so-called Cleaning Hacks are popping up everywhere. They’re overflowing our Facebook feeds, and there’s probably a special board on your Pinterest account dedicated to them. Designed to make our lives easier by promising a simpler and quicker way to get something done there’s a hidden danger in trusting these unproven techniques. As with anything in life: if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.
Misguided cleaning solutions can damage the surface you are cleaning; and it can also damage the machine you are using to clean the surface with. Two of the biggest cleaning mistakes we see:
Using baking soda as a carpet shake
Using a steam cleaner on hardwood (solid, engineered, and laminate)
Aside from making sure there are protective covers on the bottom of all furniture legs, and not sliding furniture around, what’s the best way to protect bare floors? Vacuum and vacuum often.
The more you vacuum the more dirt and abrasive materials (i.e. small stones) are removed from the surface reducing the chance of damage being caused. If you’re only sweeping your non-carpeted surfaces you could be leaving a substantial amount of debris behind – we’ve all battled with the dreaded dust-pan line.
For general cleaning in between vacuum sessions we recommend using a PH neutral and non-toxic cleaner like Bona. Cleaning floors since 1919 gives them a certain credibility that can’t be touched. Their line-up includes a spray mop kit for hardwood floors, a cleaner specifically for Stone, Tile, and Laminate flooring, as well as a solution if you’re lucky enough to have oiled and oil penetrating hardwood flooring.
Did you know:
If you’re using vinegar as your primary cleaning solution you’re setting yourself up to cause damage. Check out other major Pinterest cleaning fails, and find out why you shouldn’t put bleach (and other cleaning solutions) into pretty glass containers here: Pinterest (cleaning) Fails.