There are a number of cleaning products that can cause some serious damage if not used properly… After all that is why they’re called cleaning “chemicals”. Here are the top 8 that can cause some serious damage if you do not use them properly… So you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Bleach and Ammonia

Let’s face it for as long as there has been household cleaning, there has been bleach and ammonia to do the job. As you know, Bleach is commonly used to remove stains from surfaces and to whiten laundry, and ammonia is often used to clean bathrooms and kitchens.

On their own, both bleach and ammonia can be dangerous, emitting fumes that can irritate the eyes and lungs. But when they are mixed together, they create a chlorine gas that can be very dangerous and deadly. Never mix bleach and ammonia together.

Magic Eraser

Magic Erasers may seem like a handy housekeeping tool, removing dirt, scuffs, and even permanent marker from walls or furniture. But be careful with these things. While they pack a punch, their effectiveness is what makes them so destructive; they can remove paint or the finish from wood. Use them very sparingly to save yourself additional problems.


Vinegar has become a popular cleaning solution because it’s both inexpensive and natural but all-natural doesn’t mean problem-free. Because of its high acidity, vinegar can damage many surfaces in the home or office. It will permanently dull the appearance of expensive stone countertops like marble or limestone, and it will damage the finish on a hardwood floor.

Before you use vinegar to clean any surfaces, do your research to see if these areas of the home or office can stand up to the use of vinegar without doing any damage.

Furniture Polish

Furniture polish is unnecessary for most modern furniture. Decades ago, furniture did not have the protective top coats that is found on wood today. If you use polish on a piece of furniture that has a protective top coat, it will only create a cloudy, dull buildup that is difficult to remove. For newer furniture play it safe and just stick to a slightly damp cloth.

Powdered Cleansers / Silica-Based

There are many powdered cleansers on the market, and they clean very well because they contain abrasives that scrub dirt and grime from surfaces. Keep in mind that silica-based cleansers such as Comet or Ajax will scratch porcelain, so you need to be careful where you use them.

A non-abrasive powdered cleanser like Bon Ami, which is made of crushed feldspar, (a rock-forming mineral) is more gentle on surfaces but still effective.

Liquid Drain Cleaner

Liquid drain cleaners contain caustic chemicals that can dissolve tough clogs. They can dissolve other things as well, including wood, fabric, and paint. They can even eat away at the metal of older plumbing, creating holes in pipes that will cause even bigger problems than a clog. If it gets on your skin, liquid drain cleaner can burn your skin.

Use liquid drain cleaners only when you absolutely have to, and with great caution. A cleaning service is not a plumbing service. If the problem requires more than the use of a plunger, then play it safe and have the customer call a plumber.

Oven Cleaner

Many oven cleaners contain lye, which is toxic and can burn the skin and eyes. They also contain ethers, which can irritate mucous membranes in the nose and throat. While oven cleaners can be effective at getting the burnt gunk off the walls of an oven, they should be used wearing gloves and with great caution. As with all cleaners, they should be kept out of reach of children and away from pets.

Glass Cleaner

Glass cleaner does clean glass but it should never be used on other glassy surfaces, such as TV and computer screens. The ammonia in glass cleaner, after multiple applications, causes screens to yellow and fog, or to become brittle and prone to cracking. Never use a glass cleaner containing ammonia on windows with solar tinting. The ammonia will eat away at the tinting on glass causing deep visible scratches and totally destroy it. Only use an ammonia free glass cleaner where there is window tinting.

So There You Have It

These 8 Cleaning Products can cause damage, but use them intelligently and professionally and you’ll be a ok in your own home as well as in your clients homes and offices.

Share this with your friends on Social Media as a Public Service Announcement, as cleaning safety really is that important!

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