Do you want to spend your whole weekend cleaning your house or enjoying your time off? Try these easy Speed Cleaning Tips that I use everyday as a Professional Cleaner. Get your house cleaner faster and then go enjoy yourself! You deserve it!
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I’ve been cleaning homes as a profession for the past 13 years. It wasn’t a profession that I thought I’d ever have but it was the perfect job for me to earn a living while raising two children. I was able to set my own hours and change my schedule around so that I never missed out on any of their activities.
I didn’t just say “hey I’m gonna go clean houses” and think that just because I had cleaned my own home that I’d do a good job. I knew I needed to have a technique so I would be a more efficient cleaner. I did my research, read some great books and this is some of what I learned and have implemented over the years.
- Put it away! Let me start by saying that what I’m going to teach you today is the disinfecting part of cleaning…not the picking up part. If you truly want to “Speed Clean” your home the “Picking Up” part needs to be done first. Picking things up and having them stored in their proper place should be done on a daily basis. Take 5 minutes every day to put stuff away instead of letting it accumulate over the week and have it take an hour on the weekend! For more tips on Decluttering your home check out my “Freedom From Clutter in 40 Days” posts.
- Arm yourself with the proper equipment! You just need a few basic simple items to do a good job. No fancy infomercial tools. This is what I use. A carry-all to keep all of my cleaning supplies in, a feather duster, an apron with lots of pockets, a sponge with a scrub pad on one side, a tooth brush, a larger scrubbing brush for cleaning a larger surface area like the tub floor. As far as cleaning supplies go, less is more is my motto. Products that are safe to use on multiple surfaces will make it easier to carry around with you. These days however a lot of kitchens and bathrooms have special surfaces like granite and stainless steel that may need a specialty product. (Make sure you know what is safe to use on your surfaces.) You can usually get away with one cleaner for all the “bowls in your house…toilet bowl, bathroom sink, kitchen sink and tub. You’ll need a glass cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, something safe to use on wood, paper towels and cleaning clothes (I like to use padded baby diapers,the kind you use for burping). These are the items you’ll carry around with you. Whatever you use to mop with you can leave out until you’re ready.
- Don’t clean in circles! When I clean a room I clean top to bottom and I only go around once. That’s where you’re apron comes in handy. I have everything that I know I’ll need in my apron so I don’t need to keep running around getting different cleaners. If I’m cleaning the kitchen I usually start to the right of the kitchen sink. I go around the whole kitchen and clean top to bottom until I make it back to the sink and I finish by cleaning the inside of the sink. If you have cluttered counters this will take longer so remember…put stuff away!
- Don’t get distracted! This one can get tricky when you’re cleaning your own home I know. Remember to just tackle the task at hand and don’t get side tracked until it’s complete. If you’re in the middle of cleaning the bathroom and the buzzer goes off that the clothes in the dryer are done don’t stop to fold them. Wait until you are finished cleaning the whole house.
- Put some tunes on! I know I just naturally move faster when I’m listening to music. Make sure it’s something up beat though. A good tune makes everything more fun doesn’t it?
So there you have it. Those are my professional Speed Cleaning Tips!
I hope they help you get the job done faster so you can get out and enjoy yourself! I’ll be going over some more detailed tips for How to Clean different areas of your home each week so make sure you stop by so we can get your home sparkling!
Until then make sure you refuel with some delicious Family Table Treasures recipes! Just click on the picture for the recipe.
Tobias Armstrong says
I really like the tip to make sure you’ve got the right equipment. When you’re trying to clean your kitchen, it’s obvious that if you want to get the job done right, you’re going to need the right equipment. It’s also going to make it go a lot quicker. I really liked all of your tips, but that really stood out to me. Thanks for sharing!
Nicole Crocker says
Thanks Tobias. I would say out of everything I use my apron is the one thing that I would never want to go without. Makes the job so much easier.
Angela @ Setting My Intention says
These are great tips Nicole! The part about putting things away is so important. I’m still learning how to do that on a daily basis.
Nicole Crocker says
Me too Angela! Especially when you have kids! Cleaning other people’s houses is easier because that part is usually done for me. When I clean my home it gets a bit more challenging.
Dawn @Oh Sweet Mercy says
Making sure you have the right equipment, amen to that! I help clean a rental house occasionally and sometimes we don’t have the right tools for the job. Definitely takes longer and is very aggravating!
Marjorie Briggs says
Getting distracted is definitely my biggest challenge. I have to use a timer to keep myself on task!