Choosing the right cleaning products

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Choosing the right cleaning product has become a lot more complicated than it used to be. Pat Belardi, owner of Molly Maids of Marin, a Diamond Certified company, says that’s because in newer homes you’re cleaning a wide variety of surfaces all requiring special products. Stainless steel, acrylic, pewter, copper, marble or any oth er stone can be permanently damaged if you use the wrong types of chemicals. In an older home, you’re probably only cleaning tile, linoleum and painted surfaces, so an all-purpose cleaner will usually do the job.

Ms. Belardi tells all her clients to read cleaning product labels carefully and follow instructions to the letter. For example, if you’re cleaning a bathroom or oven, and the label recommends a well-ventilated room, open those windows. Also, don’t apply two different products to the same grime without a thorough rinsing in between applications. You don’t want to unknowingly create any dangerous chemical interactions.