Ever wonder how professional house-cleaners manage to go from house to house, getting them looking great without spending all day at any one residence? Thanks to Real Simple magazine for bringing these time-saving tips from some pros who know what it takes to achieve a good clean, fast!
Shut off your cell phone. Vicki Brown, President of Harmony Clean in Doylestown, PA, says the key to speed lies in making sure distractions are kept to a minimum. Turn off your cell phone, computer, TV, etc. to avoid side-tracking temptations.
Start simple. Leslie Reichert, aka The Cleaning Coach, says to start in low-traffic rooms like the dining room, living room or home office. These are usually quick and easy to spiff up, motivating you to then tackle bigger jobs, like in the bathroom and kitchen.
Introduce your family to the squeegee. April Lane, owner of April Lane’s Home Cleaning in Seattle and a board member of the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), says that one easy way to keep your shower cleaner longer is to get everyone to use a squeegee after each shower or bath. Wipe down shower walls top to bottom, the sides of the bathtub, and even the floor itself. Since soap and shampoo residue won’t be stuck on the porcelain or stone, you should be able to get away with cleaning your tub or shower just once a month!
Soften microwave muck. Lane recommends heating a mug filled with water for two to three minutes in the microwave. The steamy environment softens any stuck-on goo, making it much easier to wipe away. Just be careful removing the hot mug once it’s done its job!
Make use of your dishwasher. Lots of things can go up on the top shelf, says Lane. Toothbrush holders, dish drains, range hood filters and more. Anything made of glass, hard plastic, ceramic or metal, as long as it fits, should be just fine.
Clean from the top down. Reichert advises cleaning each room starting at the top, knocking dust and debris loose from ceiling corners, ceiling fans, high windows and curtains, and working your way down walls, shelves, mantles and lampshades, etc. Save sweeping, mopping and/or vacuuming for last so you only have to do it once!