Many non-professional people make these mistakes when home cleaning.
SCRUBBING CARPET: This may get the satin out, but it twists (or untwists) carpet fibres so that the new cleaned area looks different to the surrounding carpet. Blotting with an absorbent material and using a stain remover (test on an inconspicuous area first) to do a thorough job.
CLEAN WINDOW WHEN IT’S SUNNY OUTSIDE: This causes the cleaning fluid to dry too quickly and tend to cause streaking. Window Cleaning in cooler conditions and blotting with newspaper was the older method. Using a Squeegee is the more modern approach.
USING HARSH CLEANERS ON STONE: We are used to emphasising organic cleaners, but vinegar, lemon or anything acidic can be bad for surfaces like stone. Find neutral cleaners for stonework. Googling the particular type of stone should provide several options for specific cleaners.
NOT DISTINGUISHING CLEANERS FROM DISINFECTANTS. Sometimes a cleaner includes a disinfectant. These are essential for bathrooms, toilets, door handles, kitchen sinks and food preparation areas. The disinfectant should be left on for some time before being wiped off. Non disinfectant cleaners are fine for other applications where the emphasis is on neatness not germ removal.
USING OVER ABRASIVE MATERIALS. Soft materials, like vinyl flooring, are easily damaged by anything abrasive. Other surfaces, such as porcelain bathroom fitting, require something with mild abrasive qualities. Highly abrasive tools, such as steel wool or green backed sponges, are only really suitable for cleaning metal pots and pans. Mr Clean magic eraser is a good product for mild abrasive situations. Read the instructions on other tools to find out what is appropriate.
USING TOO MUCH CLEANER. Most cleaning products aren’t too expensive, but some specialist products do get pricy; we wouldn’t want to waste them. But even cheap ones leave a sticky residue if overused. There is no general rule other than the fact that whatever substance you put on the surface must come off with the cleaning implement. Only put on what you can wipe off.
MIXING CLEANERS: Combining chemicals can produce unpredictable results. Bleach and ammonia produce sickening results together that can inflame airways and cause people to pass out in poorly ventilated areas. Other combinations of bleach and acid can produce chlorine gas, which is equally dangerous. Even using some car cleaners after alcohol consumption can cause dizziness or fainting spells. Best to keep all cleaning products separate.
NEGLECTING THE RUBBER GLOVES: Human skin is very permeable; it soaks up liquids quite well so that they enter the body’s bloodstream. Problems such as inflamed skin, dermatitis and poor nails are bad enough, but longer term exposure to some cleaning fluids affects the kidneys, Liver and blood cells of the body. Cancer and reproductive disorders have been linked to these fluids.
Rubber gloves come in a variety of colours. Use this to spate bathroom, toilet, general floor and kitchen cleaning to dramatically reduce the risk of mixing chemical cleaners.