We’re bombarded with cleaning advice from the internet, magazines and more recently, social media, some of these are myths that aren’t necessarily always the best way to clean your home and sometimes, they can do far more harm than good.
We’re here to uncover some of these cleaning myths so you don’t have to!
Myth #1 – Using vinegar to clean anything
This natural cleaning solution is said to be the answer to lots of cleaning problems, but sometimes it can actually do more harm than good.
Although it can be useful to clean certain items, you should always carry out a spot test on an inconspicuous area first to check that it doesn’t damage the item you’re trying to clean.
Vinegar can damage the finish on natural stone, such as tiles and marbles and it can damage your iron if you use it to clean it.
Myth #2 – Using window cleaner on screens
You would assume that it’s okay to use a window cleaning spray to clean your computer screen or television, but the chemicals can damage your electricals.
Instead, use a clean microfiber cloth or specialist cleaning wipe to wipe over your screen. If you need to, add a small amount of alcohol, such as vodka, to the cloth before wiping and buff away any dirt or grime.
Myth #3 – Wetting carpet stain
It’s easy to panic if you spill a glass of red wine on your cream carpet or sofa, but don’t be tempted to apply a lot of water to the mark. This can damage the carpet fibres and the excess moisture can cause the wine to penetrate further, leaving a stain behind.
Instead, use the effective ‘blot’ method to remove stains. Instead of drenching your carpet in water, lightly sprinkle it with a little water and blot again with a clean paper towel or cloth.
If you can’t remove the stain, give ServiceMaster Clean a call!
Myth #4 – Be cautious with nail polish remover
It is said that nail polish remover can be used to remove sticky spots, such as marks left on surfaces from stickers.
Unfortunately, this could leave a mark on the surface, especially if it is on a finished wooden surface. Instead, try using a sponge dampened in warm water to gently loosen the mark, allowing you to wipe it away.
If the stain is too stubborn for water, contact our sister-company Furniture Medic.
Myth #5 – Using bleach to remove rusty stains
Pouring bleach on to rusty marks can make the problem worse, so avoid this at all costs! It’s best leaving this to the experts, so call your local ServiceMaster Clean office!
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