How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Cleaning Supplies
You can’t clean if your tools are beyond their use cycle. By that, I mean your tools are dirty, damaged or otherwise not in working condition. While it’s
impossible to predict every type of damage that might occur to your cleaning supplies, here are a few rules of thumb as to when you should replace your cleaning supplies:
- Bristles are pancaked, bent or broken
- You are no longer able to remove soil (even after cleaning the product, it’s still dirty)
- Handles are bent or broken
- Mopheads are soiled or stands are broken and/or falling off
Quality cleaning supplies will last you for quite a while however, just like anything that gets used on a regular basis; cleaning supplies are subject to wear and tear.
There are steps you can take from the moment you get new cleaning supplies to ensure they last as long as possible:
- Rinse out mop bucket, synthetic brooms, hi-lo deck scrub brushes, squeegees and synthetic brushes with clean water
- Hang tools for storage using a tool holder to prevent mold and mildew growth and reduce the risk of damaging bristles
- Place dirty mopheads in laundry net to wash. Place microfiber pads in a separate laundry net to wash. Microfiber should always be washed separately from cotton/synthetic mopheads and towels that could lint. This will extend the life of your microfiber.
- Don’t use fabric softener when washing mopheads and microfiber. Fabric softener can leave a film that reduces absorbency, thus reducing the useful life of your mophead.
- Hang mopheads and microfiber pads to dry fully before returning to storage to prevent mold and mildew growth. While hanging dry is recommended, if you do need to use a clothes dryer, keep it on the lowest possible setting (cool heat, delicate) as too high heat can cause damage.