Ottawa Home Renovations

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Home Cleaning Mistakes That You Should Avoid

Home cleaning is an integral part of home renovation. Cleaning your house can be quite a hassle, especially if you have been making some mistakes that are stopping you to the chores out of the way as quickly as possible. If you are committing these common home cleaning mistakes it is something you should try to avoid:
Avoid the Top to Bottom Rule
If vacuuming the house is your least favorite task you might be tempted to get it out of the way. But if you are going to be dusting the top shelf or cleaning the fan after vacuuming, dirt will fall all over your freshly vacuumed carpet. To avoid vacuuming again and again, it is better to do it after the dusting and other cleaning.
Not Sorting the Laundry
Most people usually skip sorting by color to hurry the laundry day along. Some moms find doing the laundry ‘by person’ the better option especially when all the kids’ clothes are similar colors and fabrics. But sorting the laundry is ultimately a time saver in the end and helps keep things organized.
Don’t Clean Windows on a Sunny Day
Cleaning the windows on a hot, sunny day can obstruct your efforts as the heat can cause the cleaner to dry before you are able to wipe it away. This leaves marks and makes cleaning the window glass much more difficult.
Don’t Pre-wash
You should remove any food scraps on your dishes into the garbage but you don’t have to hand wash or rinse your dishes before they go in the dishwasher. Prewashing does not get your dishes any cleaner and it is just a waste of time and energy. Simply load your dishes in the dishwasher and let the device do its job.
Ask Your Family to Remove Shoes at the Door
A common home cleaning mistake and one of the major contributors of the dirt accumulation in your house are the soles of the shoes that come from the outside. The dirt that is tracked in from the outside can really build up over the course of time. The best way to beat this is by placing a shoe rack at the door and asking everyone to take of their shoes when they come inside your house. You can also place door mats outside the door so that they grab the dirt before it reaches your carpet or tiles.
Don’t Rely on a Lint Roller to Clean Up Pet Hair
A lint roller is handy but it is not something for heavy duty jobs. If you have a fur covered couch and need to clear a ton of pet hair at once go for using a damp rubber glove instead of a lint roller, which can be more efficient in removing the pet hair.