On a usual house cleaning day, every housewife will use a bunch of tools, devices and products. We take these for granted, we know that they are always on hand and we can use them every time we need them. But we forget about the fact that cleaning tools need maintenance and care too, so they can last for a long time. In addition, if your tools and devices are not clean enough, they will not clean effectively enough and will only spread the dirt further. So here is how to maintain them:

Mop

When it comes to sponge mops, you have to soak the sponge mop head in a bucket that is filled with 1 cup vinegar for 30 minutes. Then allow to air-dry completely and this will do the trick. However, keep in mind that mop heads have to be replaced every 2 to 3 months. When it comes to microfiber mops, you have to remove the head from your mop stick and throw it directly in the washing machine on the hot water setting with a mild washing detergent.

Broom

Every time after you are using the broom, take it outside and remove the loose dust and dirt by gently banging the broom against a large stationary object. You can also clean the bristles by vacuuming them. Once every month you can place your broom in a bucket that is filled with warm water and a few drops of dish soap, then let soak for an hour. Before you put it away, rinse and let dry completely. Do not forget the dustpan and give it a good wash too. If you want to be extra safe and reduce the spreading of germs, you may consider having a different broom for each germy area.

Vacuum

Do not forget to empty the dust bag or container of your vacuum when it is more than ½ full, so your vacuum will work effectively. Once every month you will want to clean the vacuum by emptying the container and rinsing it inside and outside with warm water and mild washing detergent. Let it dry completely. If your vacuum has a dust bag, shake down the excess and wipe with a dry cloth. Do not forget to disassemble the hose and remove the dirt and dust that may clog it. Wipe off the exterior with a damp cloth and mild dish soap. When it comes to the filters, some of them are washable, so follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Make sure that the filters are completely dry before you place them back. If your vacuum has a non-washable filter, you have to replace it every 1 to 3 years in order to increase the effectiveness of your vacuum machine. Vacuuming your home with dirty filters may actually decrease the quality of air indoors and spread dust and allergens all around.

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