A detailed cleanup is a ritual many homeowners engage in, typically as the seasons change, to ensure their homes are free of accumulated dirt, dust, and clutter. This kind of thorough deep house cleaning ensures a healthier environment for homeowners in Raleigh, NC, and can extend the life of household items. However, in our enthusiasm to get the job done, we often make mistakes that can be counterproductive. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when you embark on a detailed home cleanup journey.
What not to do during a deep clean?
Let’s go over the most important mistakes to avoid:
1. Starting without a plan
Just as with any project, detailed tidying requires a roadmap. Tackling a home without a plan can result in redundant work, overlooking areas, or feeling overwhelmed. Create a checklist of tasks and areas you want to address. This will give you a sense of direction and accomplishment as you tick off completed items.
2. Using the wrong products
All products are not created equal. Using an all-purpose cleaner on every surface is a common mistake. For example, what works on your ceramic sink might not be suitable for your wooden coffee table. Always read labels and ensure you’re using the right product for the right surface.
3. Ignoring labels on upholstery and fabrics
Your carpets, curtains, and upholstered furniture usually come with maintenance instructions. Using the wrong method (like throwing a ‘dry-clean only’ curtain into the washing machine) can cause damage or shrinking. Always check labels before washing them.
4. Overloading the washing machine
While it’s tempting to stuff as much as possible into the washing machine, overloading can prevent your items from being cleaned properly. It can also strain your machine, leading to wear and tear. Adhere to the manufacturer’s load recommendations.
5. Forgetting small items and areas
It’s easy to remember to clean floors, windows, and countertops, but what about doorknobs, light switches, or remote controls? These frequently touched areas and items can harbor a lot of germs and should not be overlooked.
6. Using too much product
Less is often more when it comes to applying products. Using an excessive amount doesn’t necessarily mean better results, whether the products are green or not. In fact, it can leave residues, which can attract more dirt. Always follow the recommended amounts.
7. Skipping the top-to-bottom rule
When tackling any room, always work from top to bottom. This ensures that any dust or debris from upper shelves or fixtures falls to the floor, which will be cleaned last. Ignoring this rule can result in double work.
8. Not allowing enough drying time
After taking care of carpets or upholstery, it’s crucial to let them dry completely. Dampness can encourage mold growth or produce an unpleasant odor. If possible, open windows or use fans to speed up the drying process.
9. Being too rough on stains
Whether it’s on your carpet or your favorite shirt, our first instinct with a stain is often to scrub it vigorously. However, this can push the stain further into the fabric. Instead, gently blot stains and use appropriate solutions.
10. Neglecting tools and equipment
Your tools for taking care of the house – from mops to vacuum cleaners – need regular maintenance. A dirty mop or a vacuum with a full bag won’t be effective and can spread more dirt than they pick up. Ensure they are cleaned and maintained regularly.
11. Not rotating tasks
Detailed cleanups can be exhausting. If you’re always starting with the same room, chances are, by the time you reach the last room, you might be too tired to clean it effectively. Rotate your starting point to ensure all rooms receive equal attention.
12. Setting unrealistic expectations
This process is not a race. While it’s essential to be thorough, it’s also important to take breaks and spread tasks over a few days if needed. This ensures you don’t rush through and compromise on quality.
How do I find professional deep house cleaning in Raleigh, NC, and the surrounding area?
Avoiding the above mistakes will ensure your home is genuinely clean, and the process is efficient, which will bring a host of benefits. Our professionals at Dust and Mop can ensure this and much more with efficient tools and tried and tested methods. Our experienced pros are here to provide you with a clean-looking home that feels and smells fresh, offering a safe and healthy environment for you and your loved ones. Pay a visit to Mordecai Historic Park and come back to a freshly cleaned space. Reach out today!