Everybody has to clean, and because it’s such a universal experience, there are many myths that have been circulated about cleaning. While some of them are simply due to misconceptions, some myths can cause people harm, which is why we’ll be disspelling some of these myths in this blog. At Distinguished Manor, we want to help our community members enjoy beautiful, clean homes with ease, so if you’re interested in cleaning services, give us a call today!
Myths About Cleaning
Bleach Cleans Everything
One of the most prevalent myths about cleaning is that bleach will clean or sanitize just about everything. While bleach can be used in a lot of different applications, it isn’t a good idea to use it on every part of your home. Certain materials, such as stone countertops, wooden furniture, and even wood floors can be damaged easily with bleach. Be sure to read the instructions on bleach products to learn where it’s appropriate to use them, and find products that are designed for surfaces like granite, wood, and more.
Vinegar is an All-Purpose Cleaner
Similar to bleach, vinegar is also not a universal disinfectant or cleaning solution. While it may be helpful for cutting through grease, soap scum, and limescale, vinegar is acidic and may also damage surfaces like granite countertops, wood floors and furniture, and more. In addition, cleaning certain items or surfaces with vinegar may leave behind the distinct vinegar scent, which may be unpleasant to some home occupants.
You Should Polish Wood Often
While polishing wood can help to protect the surface and breathe new life into older wooden surfaces, polishing too often can do more harm than good. When you polish your wooden surfaces, you’re doing so to improve and protect the finish on the wood, but some polishes can actually darken the wood over time and dull the look of the wood surface. Other polishes may build up over time, creating a surface that attracts more dust and needs to be cleaned more often. Be sure to polish sparingly and keep your wood surfaces clean with a microfiber cloth.
All Green-Labeled Cleaning Products Are Safer
As green-labeled products become more popular and accessible, there are many misconceptions about these products. Many green products are labeled as such because they’re more sustainably made or they use less water, but that doesn’t always mean there are fewer chemicals in them or that they’re safe for use around children and pets. Always be sure to read the label of new cleaning products before using them in your home to ensure that your surfaces and family members are safe.
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