Best Cleaning Tools
Spring cleaning is in full effect, and at Merry Maids we have all the expert advice you’ll ever need to kick the season off right. Oftentimes, we share the best cleaning supplies to help tackle your spring cleaning checklist. But do you ever wonder why we recommend some cleaning tools and supplies over others? Well, we have an answer for that, too, along with a quick breakdown of some of the most commonly suggested tools versus their alternatives. You may be surprised which ones are actually up to the task.
Sponges vs. Microfiber ClothsEven the cleanest-smelling household sponges can be germ magnets, and since most of us don’t have a microscope and can never fully tell how clean (or dirty, in most cases) sponges are, steer clear of them altogether. Instead, opt for a microfiber cloth. Not only is microfiber better at cleaning surfaces, but it’s also machine washable and quick-drying, which means that microfiber cloths are less likely to hold onto germs. And, if you can’t remember the last time one was washed, wash it before (and after) spring cleaning.
Brooms vs. VacuumsMore often than not, brooms push dirt and dust around, rather than collect it, so skip sweeping and say “goodbye” to your broom. Instead, literally dust off your vacuum and get to work. Show your vacuum a little TLC before you begin. There’s a strong likelihood you haven’t cleaned the roller brush or changed the HEPA filter since you bought it. Ignoring important maintenance can impact the suction of a vacuum, making it less effective at picking up dust and debris, and ultimately leaving a lot behind in its wake.
Floor Cleaner vs. Floor SteamerWhile some floor cleaners promise to do it all, they’re the best option when it comes to deep cleaning your floors. Instead, steamers can be a secret weapon in your spring cleaning toolkit, because not only can they remove stains off ceramic tile or vinyl flooring, they can also get hot enough to kill bacteria lingering in hard-to-reach places or tile grout. If your family had a particularly rough cold and flu season, this may be the best way to rid your home of those germs for good.
Trusty Toilet Brush vs. Disposable Toilet WandsToilet brushes have the least glamorous cleaning duty in the home. After use, they’re often put back in their holders, bringing all their dirty work with them. Opt for a more sanitary solution, like disposable toilet wands that come with a built-in cleaning solution. Their textures are better for scrubbing, and they disposable toilet wands don’t have the same horrifying potential to hang onto unwanted grime in your spotless, newly spring-cleaned bathroom.
Brand Name Glass Cleaner vs. Make-It-Yourself Solutions
Not only can store cleaners and paper towels be expensive, they’re often not as effective as the homemade solution you can make with things like vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
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Don't forget to try these cleaning tips at home!
- Establish a routine
- Get organized
- Use less product
- Clean more often