1. "Vinegar is good for no-wax and hardwood
The truth? Vinegar is an acid on the pH scale and can actually
deteriorate the floor's shine. Use a safe floor cleaner, like
Holloway House Quick Shine and neutral floor cleaner, and
save the vinegar for your next salad recipe.
2. "Newspaper is great for cleaning windows
The truth? Newspaper leaves ink residue on the surface and
can actually cause smears. Your best bet is a microfiber cleaning
cloth. They can actually clean with just water... no chemicals,
no streaks, no smears!
3. "Ammonia is a good cleaner for no-wax floors."
The truth? Ammonia is used as a floor stripper and can deteriorate
your no-wax and hardwood floor's shine. Stick with a neutral
floor cleaner like Holloway House Quick Shine and neutral
4. "Furniture polish is good for all wood."
The truth? Overspraying polish on wood furniture leads to
a gummy build up. Try using a microfiber cloth, half dry-
half damp, weekly, and limit your polish use to once a month,
Be sure to spray it only on your cloth, not the furniture
itself. Never spray furniture polish on your polyurethane
finished hardwood floor.
5. "Vinegar on carpets to clean up pet accidents."
The truth? Pet odor carries a strong urine smell, mix that
with vinegar and you get nothing but a vinegar and pet urine
carpet spot! Vinegar is not a disinfectant by itself and can
only disinfect when it is mixed with peroxide as a spray.
When dealing with bodily fluids from people and pets proper
disinfection is important. A disinfectant cleaner with a uric
acid eradicator (ENZYME CLEANER) can be purchased at most
janitorial suppliers or at most pet stores. The enzyme cleaner
not only disinfects but digests the bacteria and stops the
odor. I recommend buying the enzyme cleaner and injecting
your carpet spots enough to go into the pad without saturating
it. Press down on the spot with an absorbent towel to pick
up the liquid. Rinse with cold water. Press down again with
towel. Blow dry the clean spot to inhibit any moisture from
growing mold bacteria.
6. "Ammonia is good for cleaning the inside
of the oven."
The truth? It gives me a terrible headache! The fumes from
the oven almost knocked me off my feet! I prefer to spend
$5 and buy a professional strength oven cleaner from a janitorial
supplier that has no harsh fumes and that you can spray on
the surface for 10 minutes and wipe clean effortlessly.
7. "Lemon juice is a great cleaner."
The truth? Lemon juice works very slooooooooooowly.........who
has time to wait all day on a product? I want to play! Try
the new citric orange cleaners. They can get tar, gum and
crayola off of floors and walls in seconds! I call it magical
8. "Baking soda works on soap scum."
The truth? It may be a safe product, but it is not an aggressive
cleaner. Better lift some weights, because your arms are going
to be scrubbing that soap scum a long time. What's the best
thing to use? I like Kaboom, a new bathroom tile cleaner that
works on soap scum, lime scale build up and rust spots with
no harsh fumes. Spray it on, wait 1-3 minutes and wipe it
off. Rinse. Go to the Mall.
9. "Tang works as a cleaner for toilets and
The truth? For $3.49 cents an 8 ounce bottle Tang is not only
an expensive toilet bowl cleaner, but it is made up of sugar,
a little orange flavoring and some vitamins. Call me old fashioned,
but it's a toilet bowl not a punch bowl!
10. "Floor cleaners can "clean and wax"
with no build up."
The truth? That claim needs to be debated on Judge Judy! If
you mop a dirty floor, with a dirty sponge mop and spray a
wax on it to clean, you have in fact, waxed your dirt right
into the floor. Don't believe me? Read that back label on
those no-wax floor cleaners next time you head to the grocery
store. Caution: "After repeated use you may experience
buildup. Use 1/4 cup ammonia with all-purpose cleaner to strip
your floor". Stick with microfiber Floor Mop. You get
a washable microfiber mop head pad, a safe floor cleaner and
you can cut your mopping time in half. If you want to restore
the shine to your polyurethane finished hardwood floor, use
Holloway House Quick Shine after you thoroughly clean your
floor. Be sure any wax residue is completely removed.