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The Best Ways to Keep Your Cleaning Supplies and Tools Clean

The Best Ways to Keep Your Cleaning Supplies and Tools Clean
February 13, 2023

Do you ever think about how clean your cleaning supplies and tools are? Dirty cleaning items can become a breeding ground for germs and grime when not cleaned or stored correctly. How can you expect a spotless home if your cleaning supplies are filthy? 

The best ways to keep your cleaning supplies and tools clean

In this article, we offer our expert tips on how to clean common cleaning supplies and tools to help you get the best results with the least amount of effort.

How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

If your vacuum isn’t picking up dirt and dust like it used to, it could be blocked or the filters might be full. Blockages can make it harder to start and cause the vacuum to overheat. Replacing the dust bag can usually help fix this problem. Some vacuums have an in-built warning light that alerts you when it’s time to change the bag, or you can always take off the vacuum cover to check the bag visually.

If you have a bagless vacuum, it’s good practice to remove dust and dirt from the canister after each use. A full canister can affect the sucking power of your vacuum. If you suspect your vacuum is clogged, turn off the machine and unscrew the hose to look for any blockages at the machine’s inlet or in the tube.

How to Clean Vacuum Filters

Most vacuum cleaners have filters that can be removed for cleaning. Check where the filters are located in your vacuum, take them out, and tap them against a hard surface to remove dust. Make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area; otherwise, you’ll create a dust cloud.

You can also wash the filters in lukewarm water and let them air dry for at least 24 hours before putting them back in the vacuum.

How to Clean a Mop Head

It may seem counterintuitive, but the products we use to clean our floors can also make our mops smell bad. Germs and dirt that get trapped in the fibres can develop a bad odour over time, so cleaning your mop regularly is key to keeping things sanitary.

If your mop head is removable, you can simply toss it into the washing machine with a load of towels. Use a heavy-duty detergent and wash it under a hot water cycle to remove any build-up of grease and soil. Hang the mop head to air dry and make sure that the fibres are completely dry before storing.

If your mop head is non-removable, you can soak it in an at-home solution of one gallon of hot water and two tablespoons of heavy-duty detergent for 15 minutes. Move the mop head up and down in the solution to loosen any dirt and rinse it thoroughly in hot water before allowing it to drip dry.

How to Clean a Broom

Think about all the things you sweep up regularly: food scraps, pet hair, dirt, and dust. Over time, your broom can get pretty dirty. 

To ensure that you’re not just spreading dirt around your house, shake your broom outside regularly. Just tap the head of the broom on any tree trunk or solid object until the bristles no longer shed dust. You may have to remove some hair or dirt from the strands by hand or with a wide-tooth comb.

For a deeper clean, shake out your broom, then place it in a bucket filled with warm, soapy water. Let it soak for 30 minutes before rinsing it with warm water, and place it bristle-end up to dry. We recommend drying it in the shower or placing a rag underneath, as it will drip water.

How to Clean Sponges

To keep your dish sponge clean, all you need is some dish soap and hot water. Let it soak overnight, then rinse it with clean water and leave it to dry upright.

If you want a deeper clean, try using vinegar instead. Mix vinegar and water in equal parts, and soak the sponge overnight before rinsing it with clean water. The vinegar mixture is great for getting rid of any bad smells on your sponge.

How to Clean Dusters

Cloth Dusters

Cleaning cloth dusters is a breeze. You just need some liquid detergent and water. To prevent bacteria growth on your used cloth duster, make sure to wash them after each use. You can wash them by hand or put them in the washing machine. Don’t forget to dry them thoroughly in a clean place to avoid mould growth.

Feather Dusters

To clean feather dusters, set up a basin with warm water and mild dish soap. Submerge the feather duster in the basin, and let it soak for a few minutes to loosen any dust and dirt. Then, rinse it under water until all the soap is gone and hang it to dry completely.

Synthetic Dusters

Synthetic dusters can also be cleaned with warm, soapy water. We recommend washing them by hand instead of using the washing machine, as it’s more gentle. Remember to always let them dry completely before storage.

Contact the Cleaning Experts

Tired of cleaning your home and your cleaning tools? Call in the experts from Maid4Condos! Our professional cleaning services in Toronto are ready to help keep your home clean and germ-free. You can call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

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