Different Types of Household Cleaners and How to Properly Use Them

Jan 1, 2021 | Uncategorized

Different Types of Household Cleaners and How to Properly Use Them

When it comes to household cleaners, there are many different brands, recipes, and recommendations. So how do you know which cleaners are good to use for your home? Immaculate Home Chem-Dry is here to help answer this common question in this blog post!

Here are a few staples to keep in your home cleaning kit, as well as our recommendations for where they should and shouldn’t be used. We’re the expert at carpet cleaning and we know a thing or two about keeping your home clean!

DIY or Homemade Cleaners

DIY or homemade cleaners are popular among people looking for affordable, more natural cleaning solutions. They’re typically made with a combination of water, lemon or vinegar, and their acidic nature makes them effective at breaking down grease, soap scum, and hard water stains.

These types of cleaners are generally safe to use on tile, tubs, and showers but can dull the appearance of natural stone like limestone, marble, or granite. Homemade cleaners also shouldn’t be used on knives, wood, or grout since they can eat away at these finishes.

All-Purpose Cleaners

All-purpose cleaners normally come in either a liquid or powder form and can be diluted with water if needed. All-purpose cleaners work well on countertops, tile, appliances, and linoleum or laminate floors.

Be cautious when using all-purpose cleaners on steel appliances as they often leave behind streaks. Instead, try a specialty stainless cleaner. Also, avoid using all-purpose cleaners on hardwood floors. And for tougher areas with mildew, mold, or stains, try a stronger specialty cleaner rather than an all-purpose formula.

Specialty Cleaners

There are many cleaners that are specifically designed to be applied to certain surfaces—like bathrooms, kitchens, glass, stainless steel, and hardwood floors. The chemical makeup of specialty cleaners is made to target things like hard water, mineral build-up, and dust in a way that’s safe for certain surfaces. There are also specialty cleaners that should be used with caution and limited amounts of moisture.

Abrasive Cleaners 

Abrasive cleaners have a gritty texture and come in either powder or liquid form or as scrubbing pads. They contain small minerals that put in extra elbow grease for you on stubborn areas like utensils, pans, tile floors, ovens, stove burner pans, and bathtubs. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on metal surfaces or other areas that can be corroded or scratched!

Acrylic & Glass Cleaners

To avoid scratches or streaks on glass surfaces, always dust the surface with a damp or microfiber cloth first. Next, try a mixture of 2 tablespoons ammonia for every 1 quart of water, or a specialty glass cleaner.

Chlorine Bleach

Bleach is a very strong and powerful cleaning solution but it should be used with caution. It is designed to remove mildew and brighten surfaces on areas like toilet bowls and tubs, but not on porous grout, wood, or metal surfaces that can be corroded. Keep in mind that bleach simply hides mold by whitening it rather than eliminating it, so you’ll want to use a specialty cleaner on moldy areas.

Professional Carpet Cleaning  

Immaculate Home Chem-Dry can clean a variety of surfaces in your home with our services including carpet cleaning, as well as upholstery, rug, wood floor cleaning, and more. As your choice carpet cleaners, we make sure your home is cleaner and healthier!

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