6 Cleaning Mistakes That Slow You Down

If you’re committing these common cleaning mistakes, you just might be scrubbing ‘sun up to sun down.’

1. You don’t follow the “top to bottom” rule.
If vacuuming is your least favorite chore, it can be tempting to get it out of the way first. But if dusting the top shelf (or cleaning the ceiling fan) is your last task for the day, dirt will likely fall over your freshly vacuumed carpeting. And then you have do that annoying part all over again.

2. You tackle windows on a sunny day. The nice, warm sun might actually inhibit your efforts, since the heat could cause your cleaner to dry before you can wipe it away. That means streaks — and then you’ll just have to start over.

3. You don’t turn off your vacuum’s brush roller when you switch to wood or tile floor. If you’re vacuuming bare floors with an upright vacuum, be sure to turn off the rotating brush. Leave it on, and you’ll scatter dust and dirt instead of picking it all up.

4. You don’t let tile cleaner sit for a few minutes before you start scrubbing.
Give spray tub and tile cleaners a few minutes to work before wiping them away. Letting them sit helps soften and dissolve soap scum and stains, so less scrubbing is required. And less elbow grease means less time (and a not-so-sore arm the next day).

5. You use a lint roller to clean up pet hair.
If you’re staring down a particularly fur covered couch, you might instinctively reach for this sticky paper. But a lint roller, while handy, isn’t really up to heavy-duty jobs. When you need to clear a ton of pet hair at once, reach for a damp rubber glove instead to efficiently whisk the fuzz away.

6. You forget that your equipment needs cleaning too.
Dirty cloths, mops, and full vacuum cleaner bags don’t pick up or remove dirt. You’ll just be working harder and longer with no results to show for it. That is why you should clean or replace your cleaning tools when needed.

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