Joel Callen


Tue, 19 May, 2015

5 cleaning mistakes that can ruin your home

5 cleaning mistakes that can ruin your home

There’s nothing worse than rolling up your sleeves to finally give you home a good scrubbing, only to find out that you’ve ruined something with your enthusiasm. We hate making mistakes like that, and we don’t want it to happen to you. So here are five things you definitely shouldn’t do when cleaning.

DON’T use vinegar on stone benchtops

The acidity of vinegar can etch into surfaces like granite, so stick to a stone cleaner instead, just to be on the safe side.

DON’T use laundry stain removers on carpet

The sticky soap, usually thoroughly rinsed out in the washing machine, can become a dirt-attracting residue on your carpet.

DON’T use bleach to clean rust stains

Bleach will actually set rust stains, so avoid using it. Opt for a specific rust-stain removing formula instead.

DON’T use kitchen soap on your car

Soap and detergent formulated for the house can be harsh on your car’s paint, so investing in a carwash (preferably something environmentally friendly) is a good idea.

DON’T use a dry cloth to dust

A dry cloth is just going to move the dust around without picking it up. Use a polish for furniture, or a microfibre cloth or electrostatic duster instead.

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