8 Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid in Your Home
We've all had those times in our homes when we've said, "I never should have done that." Whether it's throwing your slipcovers in the dryer or taking to your reclaimed-wood coffee table with a bottle of Pledge, these mistakes are common. But, to help you avoid making more in the future, here is a list of eight to keep in mind. That phase will never leave your lips again.
Your reclaimed-wood table is raw for a reason, so when stains appear you just have to roll with it. You can clean the table’s surface with a soft cloth, but oily cleaning products will only stain the wood even more.
When your slipcovers are beyond spot-cleaning, and the tags permit you to put them in the washing machine, go for it. Just don’t toss them in the dryer, which will cause the slipcovers to shrink. Instead, let them air dry.
If you’re testing out a new cleaning product or trick, make sure to do it on an inconspicuous area (a hidden corner or underside). That way if it goes sour, no one will ever see your mistake.
Don’t iron your new synthetic drapes, shower curtains, or tablecloths. The heat will cause the synthetic (plastic) fibers to melt immediately.
If you’ve just moved into a new place with a ceiling fan, or haven’t turned yours on in a while, clean the room before flipping the switch. The fixtures collect dust when not in use, and all that dust will soon be airborne once those blades start spinnin’.
Most people know not to cut a lemon on marble, due to the fruit’s acidity. But you should also avoid using other acidic solutions on marble, including vinegar, bleach, abrasive cleaners, scouring powders, or general purpose cleaners. To clean marble, simply wipe with soap and water.
Adhesive stickers may seem like the easiest solution for hanging art on the wall, but steer clear. As soon as you try to remove them, you’ll either take layers of paint with you or leave a foam residue. Just stick with a good, old-fashioned hammer and nails.
If you were painting your nails and accidently painted some of the carpet or upholstery too, don’t reach for nail polish remover. Instead, use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and blot gently. Apply water with a sponge to remove any remaining residue and gently dry with a clean cloth.
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes? Or others? Tell us in the comments below!