When it comes to cleaning our homes, offices, or other spaces, we all want to make sure we’re doing it effectively and efficiently. But with so much conflicting information out there, it can be hard to know what’s true and what’s just a cleaning myth. Here, we’ll tackle some common cleaning claims and separate the fact from the fiction.
1. Bleach cleans everything: False
Bleach is a powerful disinfectant and can be effective at killing bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces. However, it can also be harsh and corrosive, and should not be used on all surfaces or materials. For example, bleach can bleach or discolour fabrics and upholstery, and can damage certain types of wood or metal. It’s also toxic if ingested or inhaled, so it’s important to use it with caution and only in well-ventilated areas.
2. Vacuuming too much damages carpet: False
Vacuuming regularly is actually essential for maintaining the life and appearance of your carpet. Dirt, dust, and other debris that accumulate on your carpet can cut and grind away at the fibres, causing them to become matted and worn. Vacuuming removes these abrasive particles and helps to preserve the carpet’s texture and colour. Just be sure to use the appropriate suction level for your carpet type, and avoid using a beater bar or brush on delicate or looped carpets.
3. Microfiber removes germs: True
Microfiber cloths and mops are made from ultra-fine fibres that are finer than a strand of silk and can trap and remove dirt, dust, and other particles from surfaces more effectively than traditional cotton cloths. They can also absorb up to seven times their weight in liquid, making them ideal for wiping up spills. In addition, microfiber has been shown to be effective at removing bacteria and other germs from surfaces, thanks to its electrostatic charge, which attracts and traps microscopic particles.
4. Vinegar is a natural cleaning solution: True
Vinegar is a natural and effective cleaning agent that can be used to remove dirt, grime, and stains from a variety of surfaces. It’s especially useful for cutting through grease and deodorizing surfaces, and it can be used as a natural alternative to chemical-based cleaners. Just be aware that vinegar can be acidic, so it’s important to dilute it with water and to test it on a small, inconspicuous area before using it on more delicate surfaces.
5. Lemon juice removes stains: True
Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and can be used to remove stains from clothes, fabrics, and other surfaces. Its acidic nature helps to lift and dissolve stains, and it can also help to deodorize and freshen surfaces. Just be sure to dilute the lemon juice with water before applying it to a stain, and to test it on a small, inconspicuous area before using it on more delicate materials.
6. Baking soda removes odours: True
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a natural deodorizer that can help to absorb and neutralize odours. It can be used on its own or mixed with water or vinegar to create a cleaning solution. Baking soda can be used to remove odours from a variety of surfaces, including carpets, upholstery, and trash cans, and can also be added to laundry to help remove odours from clothes.
7. Dusting spreads germs: False
Contrary to popular belief, dusting does not spread germs. In fact, dusting can help to remove germs from surfaces, as it removes the dust and debris that can harbour bacteria and other microorganisms. Of course, it’s important to use a clean, lint-free cloth when dusting, and to follow proper hygiene practices, such as washing your hands before and after cleaning.
8. Steam cleaning is the most effective way to clean carpets: False.
Steam Cleaning is a method that produces a mist of steam on the carpet, which helps lift dirt, stains and other contaminants but doesn’t fully clean carpets. Steam cleaning tends to be used to refresh lightly soiled carpets.
Hot Water Extraction is a deep cleaning method using hot water and suction simultaneously to remove dirt, stains and other contaminants. The combination of hot temperature and pressure is the most effective way to deep clean carpets.
Here at Solutions, we use Hot Water Extraction on all carpets.
9. Rubbing alcohol disinfects surfaces: True
Rubbing alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol, is a powerful disinfectant that can kill a wide range of bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces. It’s especially effective at killing germs on non-porous surfaces, such as countertops, glass, and metal. Just be sure to use a 70% alcohol solution, as higher concentrations can be drying to the skin and lower concentrations may not be as effective at killing germs.
10. White vinegar and hydrogen peroxide can’t be mixed: False
While it’s true that mixing certain chemicals can produce dangerous or toxic reactions, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are actually safe to mix. In fact, the combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide can create a powerful cleaning and disinfecting solution. Just be sure to use the correct ratios and to avoid inhaling the vapours produced by the mixture.
So there you have it – 10 cleaning tips debunked! By separating the fact from the fiction, you can be sure you’re using the most effective and safe cleaning methods for your home or office. Happy cleaning!