Speed Cleaning, How To Become A Speed Cleaner.
Whether you are a professional cleaner you are or just trying to keeping your own home clean, you could probably welcome some tips to speed things up when it comes to cleaning.
In this post, I’m sharing all my speed cleaning tips to help you become a speed cleaner!
Let’s look at some typical questions people ask me about speed cleaning.
Q. How can I be a faster cleaner but still do a thorough job?
The trick is to be more productive rather than to cut corner cut corners when cleaning. If you continually cut corners when you clean you’ll find that your house naturally gets dirtier and dirtier rather than cleaner and cleaner.
Q. How can I become more productive when I clean my house?
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.
Q. How can I become more organised and motivated to clean?
1. Wear a cleaning apron or pinny. An apron allows you to carry all your tools around with you for each room you are cleaning. It 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. Keep your apron stocked with the correct cleaning tools needed in each room to tackle any cleaning problem quickly and easily.
3. Ensure you always keep all your tools in the same pocket each time you wear your apron so you are never searching for your stuff and can automatically grab for something whenever you need it without even having to think about it.
4. make sure you return all your tools back to your apron after you use them, so you are not backtracking looking for your equipment.
5. Keep a pocket in your apron for all the rubbish you collect on the way; 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 apron to use for speed cleaning?
There are many aprons available, in all different shapes and sizes. I advise buying one which has all the following features.
- Lots of pockets
- Lightweight and flexible
- Loops for hanging your spray bottles on.
Here is the one I use, I chose this apron because I can move easily in it, it has many pockets, it protects me from spills, and it adjusts so it fits perfectly and doesn’t flop about when I’m bending down.
Q. What should I keep in my speed cleaning apron?
The trick is to have only the products you need to clean the room you are cleaning, in your apron.
Here’s what I have in my apron when I am cleaning the 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 the 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 are colour coded for the kitchen, including a glass cloth for windows and chrome.
- A non-scratch scrubbie 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.
- A feather duster for cleaning cobwebs and dusting above door jams and baseboards.
- Whichever cleaning products I need to clean the kitchen such as a degreaser and a disinfectant.
For bathrooms, I would replace the scraper and the razor for some toothbrushes and a grout brush and swap the degreaser for a bathroom sanitiser and a glass cleaner.
I use the toothbrushes for getting into the 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.
How to become a speed cleaner and begin speed cleaning your home.
- 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.
- Start at the door and work your way around the room in a clockwise direction, until you reach the door again.
- Always work top to bottom, so you are not knocking dirt into areas you have already cleaned.
- Use a small stiff brush to get in between furniture where the vacuum can’t reach.
- Don’t oversoak the area with cleaning products as this takes up 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.
- 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 on chrome and tiles for a super shiny finish. (Leave your details below to get access to our homemade glass cleaner recipe.)
To check out the tools I keep in my speed cleaning kit, take a look at my YouTube channel!
In this months posts, we will be covering all aspects of cleaning, with some fabulous quick cleaning tips and easy cleaning hacks to get your home super sparkly and smelling fresh, especially if you are cleaning in a hurry.
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