Chances are, we've all let some common cleaning myths get into our heads and stop us in our tracks.
Fortunately, we're here to debunk the most common misconceptions about cleaning:
Myth: Disinfection is more important than cleaning
While disinfecting an area may kill present diseases, it does not destroy the root cause of the problem and you can still be susceptible to future microbial growth. Viruses and bacteria are small enough to hide under a single piece of dust. To actually remove the threat of pests or germs returning, the area must be cleaned first, meaning that the germs and soil must be removed, not just chemically destroyed.
Myth: Dusting isn't necessary
Especially if you have someone with an allergy in your home, dusting is an integral and completely necessary part of cleaning. Even if you don't have an allergy, dust is just plain gross! It's made up of dead skin cells, pet dander, dust mite excrement, dirt, and debris from the outdoors…do you really want that lying around your house?
Myth: Cleaning is an all-day process
The spring clean ideal has glamorized the idea of doing massive cleans once or twice a year, and living in mess the rest of the time. That doesn't make sense, and just isn't realistic. No one wants to spend that much time if things go back to being messy within a week. Instead of this marathon cleaning, try setting a schedule for yourself and attacking the mess periodically. Rotate rooms, clean as you go, etc. are much easier and more realistic goals.
Myth: Professional cleanings are too much hassle
It's great to be confident in your cleaning abilities, but even the best cleaner will benefit from a professional deep clean at least once per year. Your carpets, hardwood floors, rugs, and furniture can especially benefit from an expert. Even if you are the best vacuum jockey in the world, there are quite a bit of allergens, hair, soil and germs that are impossible to remove without professional assistance.
Myth: It's just not worth it
Although we may wish it were true, cleaning will always be worth it. Not only is a dirty home stressful and inconvenient, but it can potentially trap germs and disease resulting in a less healthy home environment. Not cleaning regularly will also result in poor air quality, irritating allergies and asthma.
Everyone seems to have some kind of advice on how to organize and keep clean, and although some tips could be helpful for specific problems, but in the end the best advice we can give you is, make sure that the techniques that you're using work for you. Despite what magazines may make you think, you are the best judge of what fits with your family and lifestyle. And if we can help, feel free to check out our services HERE.
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