National clean your house day falls on the 27th of June each year, and this year it’s my mission to help you keep your house so clean, that you can take that day off!
Whether you are running a cleaning business, a student wondering how to speed up cleaning your room, or you are or just trying to keep your own home clean, you could probably welcome some secret cleaning tips from the pros to speed things up when it comes to getting a clean home.
In this post, I will be sharing all my amazing speed cleaning tips and discussing how wearing a speed cleaning apron with pockets, will help you become a speed cleaner and learn how to clean a house fast and professionally.
Keeping on top of cleaning can seem like a never-ending task these days as our lives get busier and busier, what better way to tackle those deep cleaning jobs than with these speed cleaning tips. Let’s banish spring cleaning forever!
What is speed cleaning?
The speed cleaning technique enables you to tweak your cleaning skills to cut your cleaning time in half. It shows you how to clean effectively with speed cleaning tools and products so you don’t have to scrub and waste energy being unproductive.
Speed cleaning products you will need.
- A good degreaser: used for kitchen areas prone to grease build up.
- A cleaning disinfectant: used for kitchens, bathrooms and other areas requiring cleaning and sanitising.
- Polish: used for polishing wood surfaces and for dusting.
- Tile cleaner: for bathrooms tiles
- Bathroom sanitiser: for bathrooms
- Glass cleaner: for all mirrors, windows and chrome.
- Powder or cream cleaner: for the sink, bath, shower and toilet bowl.
- Dishwashing liquid or liquid detergent: this is great as a multipurpose universal cleaner.
Speed cleaning cloths you will need.
- Dusters: for dry dusting.
- Red microfiber cloths for bathroom cleaning
- Blue microfiber cloths for kitchen cleaning
- Yellow microfiber cloths for general cleaning
- Glass cloths: blue, purple and silver for bathrooms, kitchen and general cleaning.
Speed cleaning tools you will need.
- Speed cleaning apron
- 1-inch scraper
- Whisk brush
- Feather duster
- Green scrubby
- Non-scratch scrubby
- Crevice brush
- Emop heads to change every 30 foot
- Bin bags
Let’s look at some frequently asked questions people ask me about speed cleaning.
Q. How can I clean quickly but still do a thorough job?
Often cleaning quickly means cutting corners. There are no cutting corners with the speed cleaning technique, in fact, you’ll soon find that you are doing a much more thorough job in a much shorter time when you master speed cleaning.
The trick with cleaning is to be more productive with your time, rather than to cut corners. If you continually cut corners when you clean your home you’ll soon find that your house naturally gets dirtier rather than cleaner as a build up of dirt begins to appear!
Q. How can I become more productive when I clean my house?
A huge amount of time is wasted when you clean by going over the same areas, losing equipment, walking to and from the rubbish bin, starting another job before you’ve finished the first one, and missing areas so you need to retrace your steps. Once you’ve learned how to do speed cleaning you’ll soon notice how much more you can get done.
You can become more productive by cutting down on the amount of time you waste, by becoming organised and not having to retrace your steps continually. Create a clutter control routine to stay on top of household clutter to make cleaning time much more efficient.
Q. How can I become more organised and motivated to clean?
1. Wearing a speed cleaning apron will make a huge difference to the way you clean your home. Wearing an apron allows you to carry all your tools around with you into each room you are cleaning.
Wearing an apron stops you from having to retrace your steps to find things you’ve left in another room. It allows you to gather rubbish in your pockets to save time tracking back and forward to the bin.
2. Keeping your speed cleaning apron stocked with the correct cleaning tools needed in each room allows you to tackle any cleaning problem quickly and easily as you come across it rather than having to leave the room to gather access your tools.
3. If you ensure that you always keep all your tools in the exact same pocket each time you wear your apron you will never waste time searching for stuff, and you will automatically grab what you need without even having to think about it.
4. Making sure you return all your tools back to your apron after you use them, prevents you from constantly backtracking looking for lost equipment.
5. Keeping a pocket in your speed cleaning apron for all the rubbish you collect on the way saves many trips to the bin. I prefer to line my apron pocket with a plastic bag to hold all sorts of gunk I find under the kid’s beds.
Q. What is the best speed cleaning apron?
There are many house cleaning aprons available, in all different shapes and sizes. I advise buying one which has all the following features.
- Large pockets
- Lightweight and flexible
Here is the one I use, I chose this apron for house cleaning because I can move easily in it, it has large pockets, it protects me from spills, and it adjusts so it fits perfectly and doesn’t flop about when I’m bending down.
Q. How do I use a speed cleaning apron?
You should only keep the products you need to clean the room you are currently cleaning in your apron. If you’d like to know which products I keep in my cleaning kit at work and home read this post!
Here are the house cleaning supplies I have in my speed cleaning apron when I am cleaning a kitchen:
- A razor for cooker tops, ovens and stoves. I use the blade to scrape up hard gunky stuff from cookers, oven, paint from windows and soap scum from tiles, for a quick clean up.
- A 1.5″ scraper. I use this tool to remove any dried-on food from the floors or countertops before I mop and wipe. Some clients have underfloor heating in kitchens and when the kids spill raisins or food on it, the food then gets cooked onto the heated floor and gets squished on until it’s rock hard, the scraper is invaluable for speeding up these kinds of jobs, making it a quick clean.
- Cloths, these should always be colour coded, including a glass cloth for windows and polishing chrome and some high-quality microfiber cloths.
- A non-scratch scrubby for any stubborn areas. I use the non-scratch scrubber for jobs a cloth can’t handle, I use mine with cream cleaner on sinks, and on cookers, fridges, fingerprints and floors to cut down on the elbow grease and help to make it an easy clean.
- A stainless steel scrubber. I use a stainless steel scrubber for removing baked-on food from dishes, I also use mine on my sink, cooker, oven and floor but be warned it does leave scratches!!
- A pocket for collecting rubbish, lined with a small bag, for cleaning in a hurry.
- I use feather dusters for cleaning cobwebs, dusting above door jams and baseboards, and for cleaning blinds. I tuck this through the side loop of my apron on the right-hand side so I can grab it quickly.
- I stock my apron with whichever cleaning products I need for the duration of time it takes to clean the room before I start each room.
Reloading your speed cleaning apron
- After cleaning the first room you will need to empty your speed cleaning apron and restock it with products you need for the next room.
- For example, if you were cleaning a bathroom, you would replace the scraper and the razor for some toothbrushes and a grout brush. You would also need bathroom sanitiser and a glass cleaner and your bathroom cloths.
I use the toothbrushes for getting into any tiny places my cloth can’t reach such as :
- Screw heads
- Tracks and runners
- Toilet seat fittings
- Sink faucets, plugs and overspills.
I buy my toothbrushes in bulk and I colour code them so I know which ones are for which rooms.
For extra oomph, I use them with heavy duty cleaner or a cream cleaner if the area is easy to rinse.
Speed cleaning checklist
- If you can get used to putting things in the same place every time you use your apron, you’ll find that you’ll quickly reach for your tools automatically rather than search for lost items you have left in the last room you cleaned.
A lot of my clients have huge houses, I used to spend valuable cleaning time trying to retrace my steps looking for my tools, and often went to my next job with half of my kit missing before I started using a speed cleaning apron.
How to speed clean a room
- Start at the door and work your way around the living room in a clockwise direction, until you reach the door again. Then move on to the next room.
- Always work top to bottom, so you are not knocking dirt into areas you have already cleaned.
- Use a small stiff brush like this one OXO Good Grips Dustpan and Brush Set – Black/White/Red to get in between furniture where the vacuum can’t reach.
- Vacuum bathrooms before cleaning to eliminate as much dust and hair as possible before getting everything wet!
- Remember to give disinfectants and sanitisers about 10-20 minutes dwell time to enable them to kill all the germs, check the manufacturer’s guidelines for the exact dwell time.
- Don’t oversoak the area with cleaning products as this takes too much time to clean up. Most areas, if they are being cleaned regularly only need a small amount of cleaner to freshen up.
- Don’t use a cream cleaner on hard to rinse areas save it for the inside of sinks, toilet bowls, baths and showers.
- Spot clean kitchen cupboard doors, doors frames and any areas with fingerprints, rather than cleaning the whole surface, unless of course, it needs it.
- Spot clean mirrors when you can, rather than cleaning the whole mirror.
- Use glass cleaner and an E-Cloth Glass & Polishing Cloth on chrome and tiles for a super shiny finish. (Leave your details below to get access to our homemade glass cleaner recipe.)
- For more tips on how to get streak free glass everytime read this post
How to maintain a clean and tidy house after speed cleaning.
Leave a room better than you found it.
Always leave a room better than you found it by tidying something up or putting something away before leaving the room just by doing this everytime you enter a room you are speeding up your cleaning time. I find this method works well in the garden too!
Keep on top of paperwork
File paperwork immediately, its easy to leave mail sitting around for weeks, create a filing system which makes it easy to file your bills and school papers quickly. See how I keep on top of school papers here
Make all the beds!
making your bed is an instant facelift for a messy room. I like to air my bed for half an hour by turning down the covers and opening the window, but always make it before leaving the house. Teach your little ones how to make their beds too!
Keep the floor tidy.
Keeping everything off the floor keeps your home chaos free. Clear a table for the kids to play at and keep clothes off the floor. Check out this amazing lego storage for keeping the floors clutter-free and ready to speed clean!
Put away laundry
Don’t wash it unless you’ve got time to dry it and put it away! When I am asked to organise a client’s home, one of the biggest problems I see is people struggling to control their laundry. Houses can be consumed by piles of laundry waiting to be processed. Find out how to stay on top of the laundry pile here
Delegate some jobs.
My kids help with loading the laundry, recycling and keeping their rooms and their garden toys tidy. They have their own washing baskets and bring them down when I ask, they tidy their rooms before screen time twice a day. and they both take out the wheelie bins on bin day as well as general day to day recycling. These small jobs help me to keep on top of the other household chores and help towards keeping a clean house. To see how I get my kids to help out around the house click here
Put it away
Put stuff away as soon as you’ve used it, the tidier you are the tidier other people will be!
Go for a gadget!
Kickstart your cleaning routine by setting the vacuum going while you’re out at work! This fantastic little gadget is amazing for people with pets! Watch this video to see how it works!
Speed Cleaning Checklist
In this months blog posts, we cover all aspects of cleaning, with some fabulous quick cleaning tips and deep cleaning hacks to clean your home and get it super sparkly and smelling fresh, especially if you are cleaning in a hurry.
We will give you some speed cleaning rules so spring cleaning is a thing of the past and you can clean your house just as fast as any clean team!
If you need to supercharge your motivation to clean when you’re overwhelmed by housework read how here.
For more in-depth views on speed cleaning for professionals, read Jeff campbell’s Speed Cleaning book
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