New homeowners always have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of their house. However, no one is knows all the ins and outs of maintaining a home right off the bat, so avoidable mistakes are often made in the beginning.
In an attempt to protect new countertops, many owners will apply sealant too frequently, which can create a cloudy or streaky appearance on natural stone, concrete, butcher block and glass. Homeowners should always defer to the manufacturers’ recommendations when it comes to sealing, as different materials can have different needs. Using bleach as a go-to cleaner is another common mistake. Bleach can eat through sealant, discolor laminate and dissolve vinyl. Homeowners should use water and vinegar instead, which are the perfect tools for most home cleaning jobs.
Check out HouseLogic’s “Little Things That Hurt Your Home (and 9 That Help)” Spotlight for more information on common home maintenance mistakes. Interview housekeepers in your community for tricks and tips they employ to keep a home clean longer. Speak with REALTORS® about advice they give new homeowners once they close on a house.