Creating A System Will Cut Your Home Cleaning Tasks In Half!

According to Debbie Sardone, maid service owner, cutting your cleaning time in half will require a planned out system.

You need to set up a plan for housing cleaning that will keep your tasks in the same order each week. Also, when cleaning a room in your home, you should start and finish in the same spot. This will cut back on your time so you are not wasting your time by going back and forth.

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Having A System

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In order to create a time, you must remain consistent and perform the same tasks every week in the same order. Eventually, this will become routine to you and you won’t even think about it.

To make it simpler, your routine is your method, and having a method instead of running from one room to another will make your house cleaning a much easier process. You will discover you are cutting your home cleaning in half every week.

You Should Clean From Top To Bottom and Left To Right

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Debbie recommends you do not start by cleaning furniture in the middle of the room and then move up to the top of the room. Doing so, the dust and debris from the ceiling will land on the furniture you just cleaned. Instead, start with your overhead blinds or if you have a ceiling fan, then work your way down, doesn’t that make sense? The idea is to stay away from redundancy.

Whether cleaning from right to left or left to right is your call. The idea is to ensure you are covering the entire room instead of moving from place to place because chances are, you will miss spots.

Many people, probably including yourself, will clean and then look up and see something they overlooked and clean it but what happens, the dust will fall down and you will have to clean that area again. If you work from top to bottom and then left to right, you are cleaning only once and not repeating your steps.

Consider Investing In A Squeegee Instead Of Paper Towels

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According to speed-cleaner and author, Laura Dellutri, her chosen product is a professional window squeegee which costs approximately $12. Just use a small drop of dish soap in a gallon of water, place it along with the window with a cloth, then take your squeegee and clean it off. You should go from top to bottom and make sure you wipe off the blade after each swipe down at the bottom of the window. You will experience a streak-free window!

If your windows are large with a lot of small separate windows, you might find a squeegee not appropriate. Instead, use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. When wiping with the cloth, go horizontally with your strokes and go from the top to the bottom. Do not clean the window by rubbing in circles, you will leave streaks. Also, avoid wiping with paper towels or newspapers, you will leave residue behind.

Keep Your House Cleaning Tools In A Convenient Place

 

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Find the perfect place to stow all your cleaning supplies that’s easy to reach instead of running back and forth and digging under your sink. You want to consider wearing an apron and even a carpenter’s tool belt.

This might be impractical for larger bottles but if you put your solutions in smaller bottles there shouldn’t be a problem. You might even consider getting a caddie or a bucket to stay organized while saving time. Let’s face it, if you hired a carpenter and he or she was constantly running up and down the ladder, nothing would get done!

Take Action Ahead Of Time

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There are some steps that can actually cut back your cleaning time. Get a shower cleaner for $4 and a trigger bottle to stop the build-up of scum and grime in your bath.

Spray it on your tiles and shower and just walk away. Each time you take a shower, spray it on the shower or spray it on, and then rinse it off. Shower sprays are easy to use and you don’t have to wipe anything off.

You Can Dust Without Spraying

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You should have a duster for cleaning your blinds, around pictures, in nooks and crannies while the quills hold the debris in place. Sardone recommends an ostrich feather duster which will only cost around $10.

You want to purchase a good quality duster but if you have an area with heavy build-up, you will need to use your vacuum or a good-sized cloth and then dust afterward.

House Cleaning Includes Cutting Through Kitchen Messes

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When confronting your kitchen, you know grease is going to build-up on cabinets, especially around the stove. You should purchase an orange oil to wipe up the grease or a dishwashing detergent the cuts through grease.

Try mixing a tablespoon of liquid detergent with a gallon of warm water. Test your mixture in a place that is not easily seen. Wipe it on with a clean sponge or cloth to ensure it doesn’t harm your finish. Then rinse it off with a different sponge and use clear, warm water.

For tougher stains or build-ups, use baking soda with water as detergent will not work. Lightly scrub the area with a cloth.

Using A Lemon Cleaner

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If you are dealing with rust on patio equipment or chairs, rust on your porches, garage floors, and driveways, you need a lemon cleaner. The acid in lemon juice will cut through and dissolve the rust.

Cut the lemon down by squeezing the juice onto stains and let it soak in for approximately 10 minutes. For stains that have been in place on your concrete for weeks, months, or even longer, scrub with a hard bristle brush. Then rinse off the lemon juice and the debris with clean water.

Dealing With Bathroom Mold

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Mold build-up in a bathroom is a real nightmare especially a bathroom that is not well ventilated because the water stays on the walls. Use hydrogen peroxide in a trigger spray bottle to fight off mold and mildew.

Spray it on, let it stay for 3 to 5 minutes, it will kill the fungus. You can keep mold from coming back by using a fan when showering. When you are done, take a few minutes to squeegee the water off the tiles and shower door.

Getting Rid Of Mineral Deposits

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If you have hard water, you know how hard it is to get rid of mineral deposits. Hard water will stain your plumbing fixtures but do not use a bristle brush or pads, they will easily scratch your faucet.

Instead, use white vinegar. Pour a small amount on a clean cloth and wipe the faucet down. Your faucets will sparkle, it takes little to no effort to get rid of the build-up.

You Can Keep Stainless Steel Sparkling

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Stainless Steel is notorious for leaving behind fingerprints, smudges, watermarks on the faucets, basins, and other surfaces.

Pour a small amount of mineral oil on a cloth and wipe down then follow up with a good rinse, do this once a week. Mineral oil helps keep toothpaste and other elements from sticking to the sink which makes it easier to wipe clean.

Look Into Magic Erasers For Removing Stains

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For those who are big fans of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and those who have never used them, a four-pack only costs $4. These erasers take stains off when nothing else seems to work.

You should always have a few on hand when you are cleaning your house. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are perfect for cleaning walls and almost any kind of floor including wood, laminate, and tile.

Clean Your Microwave To Look Like New

 

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Most of us use our microwaves on a daily basis but we rarely take a closer look at what’s going on inside it. If you pay attention, the inside of your microwave looks like something really evil. You will have baked-on food that has probably sat there for days or longer. Eventually, it will become a real nightmare to clean up.

What you might not know, you can get your microwave to actually work with you! Dellutri recommends putting a coffee cup filled with water in the microwave and heat it until it’s boiling. The boiling water will loosen up anything on the top, sides, or bottom of the microwave. Then, take a damp cloth on the surfaces until they are clean.

Try Vacuuming In Rows

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It’s recommended you vacuum the entire length of the room in a straight row to be effective. Then move over and start again from the front of the room. Areas that are walked all the time, you should vacuum at least once a week.

Dellutri believes you should vacuum in a straight row and then back out of the room. You can actually complete this quickly by putting the cord over your shoulder to get it out of the way. When you get done, your carpet is going to look great!

Try Speed-Cleaning More Often

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Sardone believes if you really want to cut back on cleaning you really need to clean more often. Once you have performed a really deep cleaning, you should perform light cleaning every few weeks or even once a week.

It will keep your home looking so much better, allowing you to cut back on rigorous cleaning more often. You will discover that maintenance cleaning is far easier and less time-consuming than only cleaning every couple of months killing yourself with a very laboriously cleaning task.

In A Nutshell

Taking some of this advice from experts, and creating a good cleaning plan will save you a great deal of time and energy. Performing regular cleaning every week will be so much easier and you can knock it out pretty quickly. If your schedule is too busy, then consider cleaning your home every couple of weeks vs putting it off until you are staring at a mess that has seriously gotten out of control. Organize your cabinets to make room for all your cleaning supplies and clean when and where you can which will not break your back or leave you wishing you had a maid!