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Having a clean home now is more important than ever. At Van’s Chem-Dry, we understand you want to ensure your family is well protected in a home that’s clean and healthy during this time of uncertainty. A key factor to ensure this comes down to your home cleaning habits and what you use to get the job done. When it comes to household cleaners, there are countless different brands, recipes, and recommendations. So how can you best narrow down your options to find cleaners that are essential for your home? 

Just like you wouldn’t wear the same outfit for every occasion, the different surfaces in your home also require different cleaning products. This doesn’t have to be stressful to figure out as most of the time the approved surfaces will be labeled on the outside of the cleaning product. However, to further expand your knowledge, we wanted to share with you a few key insights into our favorite cleaning essentials and where/how to use them.


House Cleaner Essentials And Where To Use Them

Here are some of the household cleaners we consider necessary for any home. For more information on how to live a healthy lifestyle during COVID-19, check out our recent blog ‘How To Stay Healthy During Lockdown’.

Homemade Cleaners

DIY cleaners have become very popular recently, especially due to the high demand placed on some home disinfectants. They have also been popular among those looking for an affordable, more natural solution. Often they’re made with a combination of water, lemon, or vinegar. Their acidic nature makes them effective at breaking down grease, soap scum, and hard water stains. The careful addition of essential oils can also add a nice fragrance to your home.

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These types of cleaners are generally safe for 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. There exists a variety of recipes to create homemade cleaners. Chances are that you have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Check out these ideas from another cleaning expert when you’re in the mood for some DIY home cleaning products.


Not every cleaner contains germ-killing capabilities. Before you buy a product that you intend to use primarily for sanitization of high-touch areas, be sure to check out the back and read what its intended use is. More often than not, some homeowners use a product to sanitize that does nothing. When cleaning germy, bacteria-filled areas like countertops, tubs, kitchen sinks, or door handles, make sure to use a cleaner that kills bacteria.

We also recommend all-purpose cleaners, but be sure it’s listed on the label to kill germs. Some disinfectants may also require some sitting time after application before you start wiping. Check out these tips from the CDC on cleaning and disinfecting your home.

Acrylic And Glass Cleaners

Everyone is familiar with the appearance of traditional glass and acrylic cleaners. For proper use and to avoid scratches or streaks on glass surfaces, first dust the surface with a damp or microfiber cloth. This will safely remove any potential abrasive particles. Next, for a homemade mixture, try a mixture of 2 tablespoons ammonia for every 1 quart of water. Most grocery stores will carry specialized glass cleaners.

All-Purpose Cleaners

These typically 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. 

Test a small amount on a bit of the surface to see if streaks or discoloration may occur. It’s better to have a small accident than a major disaster. Be careful when using all-purpose cleaners on steel products, as streaks tend to be left behind. 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.

Abrasive Cleaners

Usually, anywhere you can think of that would require some extra elbow grease to get the job done is suitable for abrasive cleaners. These cleaners are fortified with a gritty texture. This gives them the ability to remove hard settled residue that other cleaners can’t help. They’re good for tough areas like utensils, pans, tile floors, ovens, stove burner pans, and bathtubs.

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Abrasive cleaners shouldn’t be used on metal surfaces or other areas that can be corroded or scratched. We recommend applying a small amount of abrasive cleaner on the intended surface to be cleaned to see its effects before the entire application.

Chlorine Bleach

Bleach is effective for removing mildew and brightening discolored surfaces. Some have even found it to effective as a homemade sanitizer. It’s designed especially for areas like toilet bowls and tubs, but not for wood or metal surfaces that can be corroded.

Bleach, like any other cleaning solution, should be used with caution. It can easily damage clothing, so make sure you aren’t wearing anything you wouldn’t mind getting ruined during application. Mold isn’t entirely removed by chlorine bleach, so make sure you utilize a specialty cleaner for any mold you are trying to remove.

Specialty Cleaners

We use the term ‘specialty cleaner’ a lot and that’s because it’s usually the best-case scenario for cleaning any type of surface. Specialty cleaners are formulated with chemicals that help effectively and almost entirely remove bacteria, hard-water buildup, and other specific residues for an optimal clean. Most store-bought cleaners have very clear usage instructions on the front or back.

There are also specialty cleaners available for carpets and upholstery that should be used with caution and limited amounts of moisture. Excessive moisture used in the carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning process can be damaging and promote the growth of bacteria and mold. Professional carpet and upholstery cleaners in Sacramento and Elk Grove, like Van’s Chem-Dry, can provide instruction for optimal cleaning application and usage.

Professional Cleaning Services In Sacramento & Elk Grove, California

Van’s Chem-Dry is here to help your family live in a home that’s cleaner and healthier when it matters most. Our experienced team of professionals specializes in advanced carpet, upholstery, tile, area rug, and leather cleaning throughout the Sacramento and Elk Grove metro areas. We also offer commercial services for all types of businesses to ensure employees and customers remain protected and healthy. Our new sanitizing service also ensures the high and low-touch areas of your home receive the application of our hospital-grade sanitizer. Read more how Van’s Chem-Dry is committed to making your home a cleaner and healthier place here.

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