Four Cleaning Myths Debunked

cleaning-mythsNot all cleaning techniques are created equal. If you’re still making some of the mistakes below, it’s time to update your cleaning routine.

Cleaning and disinfecting are the same.

When it comes to facility management, cleaning and disinfecting are two very different tasks. Cleaning is used to remove dirt and grime at the surface level to prevent the spread of disease. The better job you do cleaning, the more effective the next step — disinfecting — will end being. Disinfecting goes deeper than regular cleaning by tackling microscopic organisms like viruses and bacteria.

You should always vacuum first.

Cleaning should always be performed top down. This means you should begin with dusting and end with vacuuming. As you’re cleaning, dust particles and other debris will collect and fall to the floor. They can easily be removed with a vacuum. If you choose to vacuum first, you’ll need to do it a second time to eliminate resettled dust and debris.

More is always better.

Though you might be tempted to add more and more cleaning solution to a particularly dirty cleaning job — more is not always better. In fact, more cleaning product can attract more dirt and grime. When you use too much cleaning product, a sticky cleaning residue can be left behind which can be incredibly hard to get rid of. In most cases the only thing you need more of is elbow grease.

Bleach is the number one cleaner.

As we’ve stated before, there are a number of reasons NOT to use bleach when you clean. For one thing, bleach isn’t a cleaner; it won’t actually remove dirt, grime or grease (though it does kill germs). Other problems with using bleach in your cleaning routine? It has a surprisingly short shelf-life (only 3-6 months) and it’s highly corrosive (so much so that it can destroy or damage metal or stainless steel).

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