Do you have company coming in an hour’s time?
Have you been putting off cleaning chores but now you just can ignore the sorry state the house is in?
Or perhaps, you just want to clean speedily and move on to do something more interesting such as a hobby, without feeling guilty.
In all these cases you need to pull your house together without feeling as though you have poured all your sweat and a large chunk of time into this endeavor.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a labor intensive task just to get the house orderly and sparkling. So, how do you make house cleaning up faster? To excel at efficient speed cleaning, we have selected five shortcuts, tips and tricks to make cleaning a breeze!
- Start Cleaning from the Top Down and End with the Floors
Before you even start tackling the cleaning task, one tip you should have in mind is that when dusting and cleaning the process should always start at the top such that the dirt and dust are hanging out in high places, surfaces and nooks falls on the lower surfaces, before cleaning the latter.
This prevents duplication of effort as you don’t have to clean the lower surfaces twice. The top surfaces include ceiling fans, hangings, and furniture.
On the other hand, make a point of cleaning the floors as the last step in your cleaning process to remove the dust and dirt that has accumulated on it as well as that from the higher surfaces that you have dusted.
Here are some helpful tips that will make cleaning your floors an easy and rather an effective process:
- Vacuum carpeted rooms while backing out of them and avoid excessive overlap. This prevents you from getting hair and dust on already vacuumed parts of the carpet.
- Vacuum hardwood floors instead of sweeping them and make sure you get the corners as these tend to harbor a lot of dust and dirt. Sweeping, on the other hand, makes the air dusty and this dust eventually settles down again which makes this cleaning method less effective. You can also use steam mops or invest in hardwood floor cleaners to clean hardwood floors if you don’t want to use a vacuum.
- Move to the Bedrooms
While bedrooms tend not to accumulate a lot of dirt, they do however get rather disorderly and harbor both human and pet hair as well. When cleaning each bedroom, make it a fast and focused process and do not get tempted to start rearranging your sock, underwear, and cosmetic drawers or start to rearrange your wardrobe.
Instead here are the tasks that you should swiftly undertake:
- Strip and remake the beds.
- Clear the clutter and put all the trash collected in a trash-bag or basket to empty later.
- Wipe down hangings, fixtures, and furniture using the top down method.
- Clean the Bathrooms Next
With bathrooms, tiles, counters, and mirrors are some of the surfaces that tend to accumulate dust and hence when cleaning them, clear off the clutter and spray the surfaces and tub with cleaner.
As the cleaners settle, you should take the opportunity to clean the toilets by scrubbing the bowl and flushing the dirt down then wiping down the outer surfaces of the toilet.
By this time, the cleaner has worked and hence, you should head to the tub, each mirror and counter and wipe them down but leave the floor for the final step of your cleaning process.
- Go to the Living and Dining Rooms
The living and dining areas tend to get cluttered and dusty rather easily. As such, your first task when cleaning these rooms is to clear all the clutter then dust all surfaces including blinds using the top down method starting from one corner of the room until the entire room is done.
You can also vacuum the upholstered furniture but take care to use a recommended upholstery attachment. However, leave the floors as these will be tackled together with all the other floors throughout your house.
- Finally, the Kitchen
The kitchen should be your last stop as it may involve a bit more labor. This is because you not only have to clean surfaces but also, clean appliances, utensils, counters and the floor.
Start this process by loading the dishwasher with all your dirty dishes.
Dust blinds, ceiling fans and lighting fixtures using the top down method then fill the sink with hot soapy water which you use to clean removable burner pieces, cabinets, and counters among other surfaces.
The hot soapy water helps remove grease and dirt very easily.
Ensure you have cleared the counters though before you start wiping them down.
Next would be to wipe down the appliances and then replace the stove pieces.
After this is done, turn your attention to the floors cleaning as you back out of the room.
Voila! The house cleaning is done!