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Any self-respecting hostess makes sure that the house is always clean. We have already mastered many cleaning tools and techniques to such an extent that we do not even think - is this correct at all? In principle, we do not use other things, simply because we are sure that they are ineffective.
It turns out that a person is often held captive by those myths about cleaning and cleanliness in the house, which are imposed by relatives, the media, and the Internet. As a result, a person has a lot of knowledge about the best way to clean, but how correct is it?
Bleach is a universal cleaning agent. Many people believe that with the help of bleach you can clean everything, it should be used in the most exceptional and difficult cases. In fact, chlorine is not a cleaning agent at all. This substance fights bacteria well and can even clean paint stains. But when it comes to ordinary, classic dirt, then cleaning the floor with bleach is almost useless. It would be better to take ordinary detergents, but use bleach only if disinfection is required.
Carpets can shrink from professional cleaning. Today carpets are not as fashionable as they used to be. But although they are less and less common, the need for cleaning them does not disappear. But there is a persistent myth that carpets after professional cleaning will become a little smaller. Such a belief is so fashionable that many people prefer to do it on their own in the end. Only from such efforts carpets can really shrink in size. In fact, only those products that are made from completely natural materials await a sad fate. And even then, cleaning had to be done with plenty of water. But cleaning professionals will not allow such a valuable product to suddenly get wet through and through. And modern carpets are increasingly synthetic - such products are not threatened with a decrease in size at all.
Vinegar can remove any stains. Vinegar is considered by people to be a kind of magic remedy that can defeat any dirt. Ironically, this statement is almost true. Only now you need to know that there are some materials and surfaces that will suffer from vinegar much more than the dirt planned to be removed. What is it about? First of all is this hardwood floor. After all, vinegar corrodes this natural material well. So don't clean up stains on expensive parquet, oak or pine floors with this “all-in-one” product. Afraid of vinegar and mastic or waxed floors. After all, a powerful tool will simply corrode the coating, depriving the floor of its beautiful shine. Do not fight with vinegar or odor stains on carpets. Although popular advice and recommend using it in such a situation. In fact, vinegar with its smell will simply interrupt the source for a while, but after a while the unnecessary aroma will return. So it is better to purchase a specific tool that is just intended to solve this particular problem. Oddly enough, they are afraid of vinegar and stone coverings. The liquid can corrode or damage them, like some kind of acid, which, in fact, it is. And although not all stones are vulnerable, for many, contact with vinegar is still undesirable.
If there is a lot of dirt, then you just need to take more soap or detergent. Banal logic says that if there is a lot of dirt, then you should stock up on a large amount of detergents, otherwise it will be difficult to wash. In fact, this is not entirely true. Soaps and other cleaning products can be easily explained: they attract dirt particles, as if tearing them off from previous surfaces. By washing off the soap, we also wash away the dirt. But what if there is too much soap, or any other cleaning agent? A surface that is liberally soaked with soap will attract dirt even more. That is why it makes no sense to dramatically increase the amount of cleaning products. Better to lather, wash off and repeat the procedure until complete victory over the dirt. If a lot has been applied, with a margin, then the surface should be rinsed very thoroughly, otherwise it will soon become dirty again. The following trick can be used. If you need to do some dirty work with your hands, then you must first soap them, let them dry, and then do the required things. After washing your hands with water, the dirt will quickly go away. This trick is especially useful for paints and machine oils.
It is better to use cleaning agents with dyes and preservatives. More and more often, on the packaging of certain cleaning products, you can find a mention of preservatives or dyes. But these are not sweets, no one is going to eat them! Is there any practical sense in making such product improvements from the manufacturer? In fact, it is missing. And adding colorings and preservatives is just a marketing ploy for most people. There are many who seek to minimize the amount of chemistry around them. Keep in mind, however, that preservative-free cleaning products can really go bad, becoming breeding grounds for bacteria. They can sometimes do more harm than some chemicals. Speaking of paint, its role is also quite understandable. Indeed, in this way the manufacturer emphasizes that this substance is not suitable for internal human consumption. It's no coincidence that household chemicals are completely red, blue, green. There is a practical purpose here, not just beauty. If dyes are not added to cleaning agents, they will resemble ordinary water.
It is best to clean glass and mirrors with newspaper. There is no doubt about this myth - old newspapers or magazines are certainly not the best cleaners. Although they perform their function well. Only now it is worth knowing that these products are cleaned if high-quality printing was used, and not very much paint was poured onto the newspaper sheet, especially dark. If the printing house did not save on color, then the paint can suddenly smear on the mirror and even the frame. It will be a shame if an antique object suddenly turns out to be stained.
Each time you wipe dust off furniture, the surface must be polished. And let some polishing fans be outraged, but no chemical products, albeit specially designed to make the surface smooth, are not useful for wooden furniture. That is why furniture should only be polished in accordance with the manufacturer's strict instructions. If the furniture is of venerable age, then it is not worth working with it very often and as carefully as possible, especially if an unfamiliar polish is purchased from another manufacturer.
Hairspray can remove ink stains. This myth is very popular on the Internet, people recommend removing the ink by processing hairspray. Are we pouring such strong chemistry on our heads? The truth is only partial, and the varnish itself will not always work. If a cosmetic product is based on polyester or its derivatives, then you can count on success. If it is based on other chemicals, then varnish will most likely not help. But in any case, whether the stain is removed or not, after the fabric has been varnished, it must be thoroughly rinsed immediately.
Vacuum cleaners can damage the carpet. Modern vacuum cleaners have become very powerful devices, they have acquired a bunch of attachments and brushes. This is already a multifunctional device that does not know how. But people began to fear such powerful devices, believing that they would certainly harm carpets with their power. Only this is not true, but dirt and dust in large quantities will certainly cause much more damage to the fibers of the product. After all, the motes will stretch the carpet hairs and bite into them in a way that even the toughest vacuum cleaner brushes cannot. So you can safely vacuum the carpets at least three times a week and not be afraid to cause damage to the product.
An excellent cleaning agent is ammonia. There are people who consider ammonia to be almost a magical cleaning agent. Those who decide to use this advice should be warned about the terrible smell of this liquid. It can cause problems for those with respiratory problems. Yes, and it would not hurt to dilute ammonia in water first. And the miraculous properties of this remedy are far-fetched. There is nothing that ammonia would clean better than other folk remedies or special chemicals. The only reason for the use of such a liquid is glass cleaning. Ammonia really shows itself well here, and its use is much cheaper than any alternative.