Lets face it. Cleaning sucks. It really does. No one wants to clean their home. Most people really do wish they could just site back and relax. Let a robot do the cleaning. Well, the way the world is heading maybe that will come in 10 years or so but for now you still need to clean.
If you can’t afford to have a cleaner come in to do your cleaning once per week then you need to clean. But how do you do that without wasting half your weekend that is only two days anyhow?
The answer is…
Speed cleaning is when you full dedicate yourself to the task of cleaning with speed in mind. Sure you could clean and hate doing it and let it drag out for hours. But that is a total waste of time. Here are a few tips to help you speed clean so you get your cleaning done ASAP.
Tip #1 – Never Backtrack
Speed cleaning is about only going through an area once and not backtracking. This means you need all the cleaning supplies you need for cleaning next to you in a bucket so you don’t have to leave to get something else.
Once you are done in the room then you can quickly look over everything to make sure nothing was misses as a final step.
Tip #2 – Left to Right & Top to Bottom
When you are cleaning you need to think about things logically. Do you clean from bottom to top and let dirt from the top fall to the bottom that is already clean? No, the logical way to clean is to work from top to bottom. This way you will not dirty anything that you have already cleaned.
When you are cleaning the floor pick and choose a direction. Form example left to right is a great way to go. If you are cleaning your carpets with a carpet cleaner be it a simple vacuum or a more high powered machine it doesn’t matter. Got from left to right, from one wall to the next. Then head back to the left side of the room and once again clean the carpet from left to right. This will prevent you from going over the same areas twice.
Tip #3 – Don’t Use One Hand Use Two
When you scrubs you get twice the force if you use both hands on the same area. Just using one hand means that you will have to go over the area again and again. So make sure you clean with both hands.
Tip #4 – Use New Cleaning Supplies
A worse down scourer sponge won’t remove much grime. A dirty spray bottle with a blocked nose wont spray right. Before you start speed cleaning make sure all your cleaning tools are up to date and ready to go!
Tip #5 – Don’t Over Clean
A perfect example of wasting time cleaning is to clean to much. If you go over and over an area that is already clean just because you think it will clean the area more. Well, guess what. Once it’s clean it’s clean and that’s the end of the story.
To keep inline with speed cleaning and not waste time. Clean an area once, once it’s done, move on.
Tip #6 – Keep Track of Time
Depending on how big your home is will depend on how long you will take to speed clean but in general speed cleaning should be kept to 30 minutes. If you are going over 30 minutes you are not speed cleaning and you need to work faster or cut out things that you really don’t need to be doing.
Tip #7 – Work as a Team
If you live alone you don’t need a speed cleaning team. But if you don’t then you can cover a larger area and faster. Have two people speed cleaning will mean you’ll be done in no time. You can also make it a game. Set the areas your both want to clean and then start. The looser has to buy the winner lunch!
That is pretty much it for the speed cleaning tips. If you stick to these tips then you will keep a pretty clean place without much time spent on cleaning.
How Often to Speed Clean
There are many way to go about your speed cleaning routine. One is to do a speed clean on the weekend once for 30 minutes.
The other option is to dedicated a few days a week to speed cleaning but only clean for about 10 minutes. This way you don’t really need to schedule your speed cleaning in that much. You just know that you will be speed cleaning on say Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. All of your tools of the trade are ready to go so as soon as your grab them you will be done 10 minutes later.