Your house is a great investment, and you’re likely going to be living in it for the next few decades. You’d want to take good care of your home to make it last. But all the insurance and plastic wrap won’t help if you if you don’t avoid these 10 bad habits that can ruin your home:
1. Slamming Doors
Don’t take your anger out on your doors. In fact, don’t slam them shut out of convenience either. Repeated slamming can loosen the hinges and cause misalignment in the door jamb. So not only will you get an unsightly gap in your door, but you’ll also develop a security risk because of the weakened hinges. The door frame and door itself will also sustain damage from the heavy impact.
2. Hanging Clothes on Doorknobs
The doorknob may work as a convenient and temporary place to hang your clothes, but don’t make it a habit to hang more than one. Overloading with clothes will cause damage both to doorknob and the hinges, potentially even warping the entire door out of alignment.
3. Bleaching Toilets
Keeping a clean toilet is a chore, but crucial for a healthy and comfortable living environment. However, scrubbing the bowl with bleach – a potent cleaner – will give you more than a germ-free cleanse. Bleach can erode and wear down the plastic and rubber parts of your toilet, causing breaks and leaks that are messy and hard to fix.
4. Cleaning Grout With Vinegar
While you should regularly clean in-between your tiles, avoid using vinegar to do so. The acid from the vinegar will eat into and dissolve the grout – the concrete mixture that fills the gaps between the tiles – resulting in unsightly, damaged surfaces.
5 Painting Over Rust
Malaysia’s constant rain and humidity mean trouble for iron gates and fixtures. You’ll need to take care of rust quickly before it develops into a security and safety hazard. However, simply painting over rusty spots without first scraping it all off won’t do; the rusting process will continue beneath the fresh layer of paint, and all you’re left is with a flaking, rusting, dangerous mess.
6.Overlooking The Gutters
The constant rainfall helps to flush your drains and gutters, but you’ll still need to pay attention to them and give them a thorough cleaning once in a while. Dirt and trash can still build up and cause blockages and water retention, which not only become a breeding ground for disease-carrying pests, but can also cause long-term water damage to your home.
7. Ignoring The Creak
Creaking hinges and difficult locks might sound like quirks of a well-loved, old home, but it’s definitely an avoidable hazard. Don’t neglect to lubricate your door hinges, doorknob joints, and locks and padlocks with the proper lubricant to ensure they function smoothly – and last longer.
8. Keeping Windows Shut
You like your privacy, and the neighbour’s cat keeps coming in to steal your fried chicken. But you’ll need to pop open a window once in a while to ventilate your house. Fresh, moving natural air helps reduce condensation, remove dust, allergens, and impurities, and regulate the temperature in your home.
9. Forgetting The Filters
While it’s the filter’s job to trap the bad stuff – dust, dirt, germs, and what have you – they cannot function fully if you don’t clean them once in a while. This goes for both your air filters in air conditioners and water filters for your water supply; dirt build up in either filter reduces their efficiency and exposes you to all the allergens and germs you’re trying to keep out.
10. Throwing Scraps Down The Sink
You might think it’s more convenient to rinse down small morsels of food scrap from cooking and cleaning into the sink. After all, who wants to deal with the hassle of fishing out that stray bit of noodle that’s undoubtedly icky? But washing everything down in the sink will cause the scraps to build up, resulting in clogs – and floods.
Making simple changes to how you treat your house will prevent premature and permanent damage, ensuring it stays comfortable, healthy, and feeling like home! But if you need a quick fix around the house, consult one of the many expert home renovators on Kaodim today or get help with keeping your home clean with our cleaning professionals.