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Viral TikTok Cleaning Hack is Doing more Harm than Good

Are you a fan of TikTok cleaning hacks? There seems to be no limit to the content that TikTok creators can come up with. But with so much content out there, it's important to be discerning and separate fact from fiction. Unfortunately, many TikTok viewers fall into the trap of believing everything they see on the platform, especially when it comes to cleaning hacks(and astrology). While some TikTok cleaning hacks can be effective, many are simply myths or can even cause damage to your home and belongings if not used properly. In this article, we'll explore the dangers of blindly believing viral TikTok sofa cleaning hack and why it's important to do your research before trying them out. 

Have you seen the latest trend of using dish soap, laundry or dishwasher pods or even vinegar to clean your sofa? Well, let me tell you, it's not as great as it seems.

Sure, your sofa may look clean and smell fresh, but in reality, you're doing more harm than good. Where's the catch?

Chemistry matters

The detergent solution used by TikTok cleaning gourus is harsh and can damage your sofa's fabric, leaving it dull and lifeless. Plus, the solution can be harsh on your skin and cause irritation and dryness.

Using dish soap, laundry pods, or dishwasher pods on fabrics is not recommended for several reasons. While these products may be effective at cleaning dishes and laundry, they can be harsh and damaging to fabrics.Firstly, dish soap contains powerful degreasers and solvents that can break down the fibers in fabrics, causing them to weaken and deteriorate over time. This can result in fading, discoloration, and even holes or tears in the fabric.Secondly, laundry pods and dishwasher tablets contain high levels of chemicals and enzymes that are designed to break down and remove tough stains from clothes and dishes. However, these same chemicals and enzymes can also break down the fibers in fabrics, causing them to become brittle and damaged.Furthermore, using these products on fabrics can leave behind a residue that can attract dirt and grime, making the fabric appear even dirtier than before. This can also cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

What about Vinegar, it's natural right?

Vinegar can be an effective cleaning solution for certain surfaces and materials. It is a natural, non-toxic, and affordable option that can be used to clean everything from floors and countertops to windows and showerheads. Vinegar's acidity makes it effective at breaking down grease, grime, and mineral deposits, making it a popular choice for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces. However, vinegar is not recommended for use on fabrics, as it can cause damage and discoloration. I will post more about soda and vinegar cleaning tips soon, for now I'll mention that it's not miracle one-for-all cleaning solution as internet and TikTok seems to belive.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse, Extract

Important step that TikTok videos seems to skip is to rinse upholstery after cleaning to remove any residual cleaning solution or dirt that may have been left behind during the cleaning process. Failure to rinse upholstery can lead to a buildup of cleaning solution or dirt that can cause the fabric to become stiff, sticky or discolored.Additionally, some cleaning solutions contain chemicals that can be harmful to the fabric or cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Rinsing the upholstery after cleaning helps to remove any residual chemicals that may be left behind and reduces the risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions.Rinsing upholstery also helps to prevent mold and mildew growth. If any moisture is left behind after cleaning, it can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. By rinsing the upholstery and ensuring that it is completely dry, you can prevent mold and mildew growth and maintain the integrity of the fabric.

Good rinsing and deep extraction is what differentiate professionalas from DIY'ers

Think of how much water is used to rinse cupboard worth of dishes after one dishwasher tablet is use, or how many rinsing circles your laundry will go through after being washed with one or two pods. Yet, in all tutorials on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram this step is always overlooked. Some of the creators even got cheeky with me in the comments when I pointed that out!Every trained professional, like us at Cleaning 4U - Family Team, knows that removing and neutralising cleaning agent is the most important step for lasting and safe results.

TikTok hack ≠ Professional Cleaning

While cleaning hacks videos can be entertaining, it's important to keep in mind that they are often created by non-experts who may not fully understand the chemistry and physics of cleaning processes. The wrong cleaning solution or technique can cause irreparable damage to your upholstery, resulting in costly repairs or even replacement. Professional upholstery cleaners have undergone extensive training and have years of experience in their field, allowing them to identify the best cleaning method for your specific upholstery. They also have access to high-quality cleaning products and equipment, ensuring that your upholstery is cleaned thoroughly without the risk of damage.Furthermore, while DIY cleaning may seem like a cost-effective solution, it can often end up costing you more in the long run. Without the proper knowledge and tools, you may not be able to fully remove stains or dirt from your upholstery, leaving behind residue that can attract more dirt and cause discoloration. In some cases, DIY cleaning can even cause mold or mildew growth, putting your health and safety at risk. Hiring a professional upholstery cleaning service not only ensures that your upholstery is properly cleaned and maintained, but it can also extend the lifespan of your furniture, saving you money in the long run.In short, while cleaning hacks videos may seem like a quick and easy solution, it's always best to trust the experts when it comes to cleaning your upholstery. Professional upholstery cleaners like Cleaning 4U - Family Team, have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to properly assess, clean, and maintain your upholstery, ensuring that it remains in great condition for years to come. So if you're in need of upholstery cleaning, don't hesitate to reach out to a trusted professional for help.

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