Recently I discovered that I have been cleaning all wrong. It seems like a no-brainer now why I always despised cleaning. I always wondered how can anyone enjoy cleaning and would anyone want to do this for a living? Then I found post by Women’s Days called There’s Now a Quicker Way to Clean Your House. Now it all makes sense. All I should do is change my strategy. Don’t worry I will share all my new knowledge so you can improve your strategy too.
Clean Quickly and Efficiently with this Strategy
The biggest mistake most people make is cleaning by room, also known as zone cleaning. A lot of people focus in one area. This is where your time is wasted. It’s wasted because you lose motivation and, if you’re anything like me, your focus shifts constantly. It’s rare that people finish that room, or even make it into the next room. Professionals recommend cleaning by task, known as task cleaning. Meaning you do one task, such as dusting, throughout the entire house before starting the next task. Task cleaning allows more movement and lets you stay focused. It will also make you feel like you accomplished more.
The Plan of Attack
Now that you know the strategy, it’s time for the specifics such as where to start, what to use, etc. For each task, start at the highest point in the room and move top-to-bottom, left-to-right. This prevents spots being missed and dust falling on to already cleaned areas.
Task 1: Dusting
Dust each room, including topsides of all furniture, undersides of shelves, all handrails, picture frames, TV screens, and knickknacks. Dry dust as much as possible. To remove fingerprints, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water. Make sure you get the top of furniture. This is the collecting place for dust which eventually falls to lower levels.
Task 2: Furniture Fabric
Go through all rooms and strip and remake beds. Tidy up any pillows and blankets. Brush furniture surfaces with a vacuum extension as needed.
Task 3: Mirrors and Glass
Wipe down mirrors and windows throughout the house. Using one wet and one dry microfiber cloth won’t leave streaks.
Task 4: Surface Cleaning
Wipe down all surfaces and counters in the house, disinfecting as necessary. Be sure to get places where fingers touch: knobs, switches, remotes, and phones. Germs gather in these places.
Task 5: Kitchen and Bathroom
Spray cleaner, let soak, then scrub. In the kitchen, wipe down the inside of the microwave, cabinets, and appliances.
Task 6: Floors
Sweep, mop, or scrub any floors that need it. Don’t be afraid to get on your hands and knees. This ensures spots aren’t missed and areas that need disinfecting get disinfected. Use a microfiber cloth and cleanser.
Task 7: Vacuum
Vacuum your way out of the bedrooms, down the stairs, through the living room, and out of the house. Don’t worry about missed spots, get them next time.
Following the task cleaning strategy will speed up the process. Rather than cleaning one room in 4 hours, you can clean the whole house in 2 hours! Practice will also cut down time even more!
Per the professionals, there are only 5 must haves. Let’s face it, no one wants to carry around too many supplies. The five must haves are:
- 20 pack of microfiber clothes: Reusable and cheap.
- Microfiber mop: cheaper and less wasteful. Great for picking up dust in high and low corners.
- Nylon bristle broom: doesn’t splatter walls and you don’t lose bristles.
- Shammy: a synthetic version of a chamois clothe. It’s a hyper absorbent towel which is great for soaking up water and buffing surfaces.
- Backpack vacuum: Gentle on the back muscles and make it easy to travel from room to room. Use extensions to make life a little easier.
It’s best to do what Janitors do and buy from janitorial supply stores. Products will be cheaper and often come concentrated, so you just add water.
Clean for Less
A lot of products aren’t necessary to get the job done. Check out these substitutions the professionals recommend:
|Air fresheners||Essential oils|
|All-purpose cleaner||Warm water + dish soap|
|Carpet cleaner||Vacuuming regularly|
|Wood floor cleaner||Damp cloth + warm water|
|Shower mists||Microfiber cloth + white vinegar + disinfectant (1:3)|
|Window/glass cleaner||Warm water + microfiber cloth|
This is a tried and true way to really speed up the cleaning process. I tried it myself. I finished cleaning with day light left and felt like I accomplished a lot. The next day I felt sore, but enjoyed my sparkling house. It was worth the hard work and it all paid off in the end. The only issue I have now is maintaining that sparkle. When you live with people who aren’t the tidiest, it’s harder to maintain that sparkle.