You can’t have a spotless home if you utilize dirty cleaning items and equipment. When your tools aren’t cleaned and stored correctly, they can become breeding grounds for germs and grime. Maintaining a clean home is not just the right thing to do. It’s also crucial to the well-being of your loved ones. Find out how to clean every cleaning tool and supply from your broom to your grimiest sponge.
Cleaning Tool #1: Vacuum Cleaner
How To Clean A Vacuum Cleaner
If your vacuum is not sucking dirt and dust as before, it may be blocked with something, or the filters are already full. Blockage causes the machine to be difficult to start up and to heat up rapidly. Replacing the bag, which is usually a part of the filtration system, can help reduce this to a minimum. It will be less effective if dust accumulates there. When the warning light comes on, it’s necessary to change the bag. If the device’s light isn’t working, you can always remove the machine’s case to conduct a thorough visual check of the bag’s contents.
It is necessary to remember to remove the dust and dirt from the canister after each usage of a bagless machine. If your bagless vacuum isn’t sucking either, it may be because the canister is full. To remove debris from a clogged vacuum, it is necessary to turn off the machine and disconnect it. Unscrew the hose and look for other blockages at the machine’s inlet or the bag’s top, in addition to plucking out the ones in the tube.
How To Clean The Filters
A lot of vacuum cleaners have filters that you can clean. Determine where the filters are placed within your vacuum, remove them, and tap them against something hard to dislodge dust bunnies. Ensure to do this in a well-ventilated outdoor area, or you’ll create a dust cloud around yourself.
The filter must be washed in lukewarm water and dried for a minimum of 24 hours before being put back into the machine, if possible. Make sure to read the manual to see if the extra filters in the device can be cleaned too. If they can be washed, you can remove any clumps by tapping them on a hard surface before putting them back in the machine.
How To Clean The Brush Attachments
Remove any hairs or threads from the brush’s bristles before using it. If it becomes stuck, remove the blockage by cutting (not pulling) the threads. Make sure not to cut the bristles so you won’t damage the brush attachment.
Indentions along the length of the tip of some brushes are made so scissors can easily cut down hair and thread without snagging the bristles. If your brush head has no electrical components, you can clean it by soaking it in warm water and stroking the bristles to loosen any dust or fibers that may have lodged there. Before reattaching it to the machine, make sure to dry it thoroughly.
Cleaning Tool #2: Mop Head
How To Clean Smelly Mop Head
In a seemingly contradictory turn of events, the products we utilize to clean the floors might also cause the mop to develop a smell. The filth and germs that will indeed find their way into its fibers are some of the causes. Cleaning the mop is necessary for sanitary reasons. Having a clean mop can eliminate unpleasant odors in the home.
To clean your mop head, you could use either hot or cold water, then add a gentle detergent to fill a bucket. You can use bleach and a good detergent instead of soap. Put the mop head in the bucket. This method is safe for any mop head, whether it is a microfiber or cloth type. Grab and wear your protective gloves, then wash the mop in the solution in the bucket. Use a lot of pressure to eliminate any remaining dust or mildew.
It’s time to clean the bucket, rinse the mop, and refill it with fresh water. The mop bucket may have some dirt residue that will require multiple rinsing. Use clean water to wash the bucket. After thoroughly cleaning the bucket, put two cups of white vinegar into the bucket. You must soak the mop for three hours in a mixture of three lemons’ juice and water. If you combine vinegar plus lemon juice, you can get rid of any lingering scents on the mop handle. When the three hours are up, please give it a good soaking in water. Remove extra water from the mop and hang it outside to dry in the sun. To dry the fibers, they must be exposed to the sun’s rays.
White vinegar will clean, disinfect, and brighten the mop. Not only that, but when combined with lemon juice, it will do wonders for getting rid of the odor. Give the mop this thorough cleaning every week or, at the very least, once a week. It’s best to do it right after each usage, but that isn’t always practical.
How To Easily Remove Entangled Hair From Your Mop Head
Hairs becoming entangled in the fibers of a mop head is among the most time-consuming and annoying problems to solve when cleaning one.
To do this, simply combine bleach and cleaning agent in a pail of water. Use this solution to clean the mop and get rid of all the dirt and hair. You should put your mop head in the bucket and then scrub vigorously. It’s expected that the hairs will fall out into the water. You may get rid of any stray hairs left behind by washing and then rinsing the mop.
Wearing gloves is a safety measure taken to prevent skin damage from the process’s harmful ingredients, such as bleach and detergent, so make sure you wear one!
Cleaning Tool #3: Broom
How To Clean Your Broom After Each Use
Many households have to do daily tasks like sweeping hard floor surfaces. If you’re like most people, you probably can’t believe how much dust, filth, and pet hair you pick up every time you sweep, no matter how often you clean the floors. All of this means that your broom needs cleaning too!
Go outside and shake your broom when you finish sweeping or begin again. Make sure you are not too close to your front entrance. You don’t want to put dirt anywhere that can be tracked inside. The head of the broom can be tapped on any tree trunk or other solid object. Keep doing this until the bristles no longer shed dust. You may have to remove the hair or dirt from the strands by hand. A wide-toothed comb can also be used.
How To Deep Clean Your Broom
Your broom needs a more thorough cleaning once every few weeks. Before sweeping, it’s standard practice to loosen the dust off your broom head. After that, make your cleaning solution. Make sure the head of your broom fits in the bucket you decide to use. Put some hot water and cleaning supplies of your choosing in the bucket. Liquid dish soap and laundry detergent are the typical cleaning products that are used to clean broom. A touch of bleach can be added to the mixture as well. Completely submerge the broom’s head in the soapy water. Put the broom where it can soak for at least thirty minutes in the bucket.
It’s time to give the broom’s handle some TLC while the head is soaking. With consistent use, the handle might become completely contaminated. After all, before each sweep, do you often wash your hands? A disinfectant wipe or a disinfectant surface cleaner sprayed on a fresh towel can do the trick. Then, just clean the entire handle, starting at the top.
The broom’s bristles should be soaked in soapy water for an appropriate amount of time before being rinsed in clean water. If you wish the water to come out completely clean, just keep rinsing. After that, dry the bristles with a clean towel. As the strands will likely still be damp, precautions must be taken to stop mildew growth. Choose a well-lit spot to keep your broom while the bristles are still drying to keep it in excellent shape. Store the broom upright at all times.
Cleaning Tool #4: Duster
How To Clean Cloth Dusters
Cloth dusters are very easy to clean. All you need is just a liquid detergent and clean water. To avoid the growth of bacteria on your soiled cloth duster, make sure you wash them after each use. You can wash cloth dusters by hand or run them on your washing machine. Always keep it dry in a clean area so there won’t be any mold growth.
How To Clean Feather Dusters
For feather dusters, prepare a basin where you can soak them. Put warm water and mild dish soap, then submerge the feather duster. Leave it for a few minutes to loosen the dust and dirt. After a couple of minutes, wash it with your hands gently. To rinse it, put it under running water until all the soap is gone. Hang it to thoroughly dry before keeping it in place.
How To Clean Synthetic Dusters
Synthetic dusters can be cleaned with soapy water like a feather duster. You can follow the procedures mentioned above. Synthetic dusters are best cleaned by hand rather than on the washing machine. Make sure to keep them dry after cleaning.
Cleaning Tool #5: Sponge and Brush
How To Clean Your Sponges And Brushes
You can clean your dish sponge or brush with dishwashing liquid and hot water. Give your sponges and brushes a good soak overnight, then rinse them with clean water. Put them aside in an upright position to dry them quickly.
If you aren’t satisfied with soapy water, you can use vinegar instead. Mix vinegar and water with the same amount in a basin where your cleaning tools can fit. Soak the brush and sponge overnight. Rinse them using clean water and set them aside to dry. This water-vinegar mixture is best to use for smelly sponges and brushes.
How To Disinfect Your Sponges And Brushes
Sponge and brush sets should be soaked in a solution of one-gallon hot water and half a cup of chlorine bleach at least once a week for five to ten minutes. Please don’t submerge brushes with wooden handles or bases in water. It’s best to immediately submerge them in the mixture and let them dry naturally.
Replace your sponge if it already has a bad smell. A stinky odor on your sponge means bacteria are already present.