I’m a cleaning expert – the six mistakes people make every day which could destroy your furniture and carpets
A LIFESTYLE and home hacks expert has revealed six cleaning mistakes people make every day.
She said some of the mistakes can completely ruin furniture and carpets – and be detrimental to your health.
GO EASY ON YOUR CARPET
For instance, when it comes to your carpets, New Jersey-based lifestyle and home interior expert Sana Sherwani said using stain remover on them can actually make them dirtier.
"It leaves a sticky residue that's a magnet for dirt," she warned in the video she shared online.
Of course, there are plenty of alternatives to chemical cleaners.
For example, the website Stain Solutions gives step-by-step cleaning instructions based on the type of stain.
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For wine spills on the carpet, the site says to use a mixture of white vinegar, water, and detergent.
The site suggests using vinegar, water, detergent, and hydrogen peroxide for black coffee stains.
GIVE YOUR FURNITURE A BREAK
While vinegar has become a multi-purpose cleaning phenomenon, it isn't meant to be applied to all sorts of materials.
Sherwani warned against using it on stone countertops such as quartz, marble, and granite.
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Vinegar is thought to dull natural stone and potentially eat away at its protective coating.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU MIX
Just as vinegar has become uber-popular in the cleaning space, so have DIY cleansers.
However, it's important to understand what chemicals should not be mixed to prevent health issues and damage to surfaces.
Sherwani noted that bleach should not be mixed with ammonia or rubbing alcohol.
Amitava Dasgupta, professor of pathology at McGovern Medical School at UT Health, told Houston, Texas' local news station that when ammonia and bleach are mixed, a toxic gas called chloramine forms.
"If [people] smell the vapors, they can get nauseated," he said.
"They can vomit. They can get sick.
"And that is a possibility if they breathe too much, they might end up in the hospital."
Furthermore, the Georgia Department of Health said mixing bleach and rubbing alcohol is highly toxic, as it creates chloroform.
DON'T STEAM YOUR WOOD
Steam cleaning is certainly a useful method, but not for hardwood floors.
If you have hardwood floors in your home, it's important to not use a steam cleaner because Sherwani claimed it can damage them.
Similarly, wooden utensils should not be placed in the dishwasher as the hot water can warp the wood and cause them to break down quicker.
GO WITH THE GRAIN
Finally, Sherwani urged people to wipe with the grain of stainless steel when cleaning it.
"Cleaning against the grain can scratch the surface," she warned.
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