So you’re on top of cleaning your space, but when is the last time you cleaned your cleaning tools? It’s easy to forget about these items, but it is important to keep your cleaning tools in good shape so that they can do their job effectively. Here are our top tips for cleaning your cleaning tools!
You can simply toss microfibre cloths in the laundry, but don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets. This is because part of what makes microfibre cloths such effective cleaning tools is their electrostatic charge. Using fabric softener or dryer sheets will remove the charge and cause the fibres to become matted and leave streaks when you use them.
If your mop has a removable head, simply toss it in the washing machine on the delicate cycle with the detergent of your choosing. You can add a little bleach to the load to disinfect if you wish. If your mop does not have a removable head, simply let it soak in hot, soapy water, then rinse thoroughly with hot water and wring out.
Broom bristles get dust, dirt, and grime trapped in between them and we often don’t think about cleaning our brooms. To get your broom clean again, swish the broom head in hot, soapy water. Next, rinse the broom head thoroughly with cold water. Do not soak it as this will weaken the bristles.
After each use, rinse scrub brushes in hot, soapy water, gently working debris out of the fibres with your (gloved) fingers. To prevent the bristles becoming misshapen, dry your scrub brushes by leaving them bristle-side up or hanging them on a hook.
Sponges are a great cleaning tool, but after some use they become a hotbed of germs and unpleasant odours. Luckily, cleaning them up is a simple task! Just run your sponges through the dishwasher on a normal setting to get them like new again.
Would you rather not fuss with cleaning tools at all? Leave your commercial cleaning to the pros!