Sunday, May 17, 2020

3 Housekeeping Myths You Need to Know About

Most of us don't spend much time thinking about our weekly chores. After years of doing laundry and dishes, we become experts in our own preferred cleaning methods. Believe it or not, though, common misconceptions about cleaning can bleed into our own methodologies. Learning more about these myths can help make your home easier to clean! Here are three of the most common misconceptions:

Myth 1: Vinegar is a Disinfectant

Vinegar is a surprisingly versatile tool to use in your efforts to clean your home, but if you're hoping to rid your space of germs, you're better off selecting another cleanser. Vinegar is great for stains and removing tacky gunk from surfaces, but it is no substitute for traditional disinfecting chemicals. When the task calls for a serious disinfectant, you'll want to use bleach.

Myth 2: Bleach Should be Used On All Surfaces

Though bleach is undeniably powerful, it can be harmful to certain surfaces in your home. Bleach can break down certain materials, and it's also potentially dangerous to use around children and pets. While bleach will remain a cleaning MVP, be sure you're using it safely!

Myth 3: Steam Cleaning Carpet Causes Mold Growth

Carpets sometimes smell stale right after they've been steam cleaned, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should expect mold to grow. Whether you hire professional cleaners or rent a wet vac and DIY your carpets, you'll probably notice a musty smell while they dry. There's no need to panic! As long as your carpet is properly ventilated, you don't run the risk of any extra mold growth.

-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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