Guide to speed cleaning your home

Our Guide to Speed Cleaning

There are always those times when you’ve got to speed clean. Perhaps you’ve got some friends stopping by unexpectedly in an hour, or you’re going somewhere for the weekend but want to return to a decent-looking home.
There’s nothing wrong with speed cleaning. A quick tidying up can really make a difference in the state of your home. And when your home is clean, you’re sure to feel the difference. When you’re in a cluttered, messy home, you often feel a lot more tired and grumpy than you would in a fresh, clean home. It isn’t always possible to fit in deep cleaning, so a speed clean is always an option to freshen up your home and improve your mood and productivity.

Speed cleaning can’t replace a regular or deep clean

Although speed cleaning is certainly valuable for a quick straightening up before company comes over, it can’t replace a good deep clean. You’ll definitely still need to fit in some good cleaning sessions if you want to have a truly clean home. However, speed cleaning is a great way to tidy up, and it’ll even reduce the time you spend deep cleaning because you won’t have to work through all the clutter in your home.

So how exactly do you clean your home when you haven’t got time for a thorough clean? Let’s take a look!

Gather your cleaning supplies

There are a few particular cleaning supplies you should pull together for your speed cleaning session:
  • A laundry hamper, box or bag to hold collected clutter
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bathroom disinfectant spray
  • Glass cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths for wet cleaning
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths for dry cleaning
  • Vacuum cleaner or broom
After you’ve got your cleaning arsenal gathered, it’s time to begin the actual cleaning. The best way to carry out a speed clean is to work through the communal areas of your home before moving on to the private areas like your bedroom, bathroom, and storage area. The living room, kitchen, and guest bathroom should definitely be prioritized as these are the areas your guests are most likely to see. You can always shut the door to your bedroom so that nobody walks in. Now that you’ve got a better idea of the areas that you’ll need to clean, here’s how to clean each specific area:

“Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.”

― Radhika Mundra

#1. THE ENTRYWAY

It’s pretty easy to clean the entryway of your home. All you’ve got to do is use some all-purpose cleaner or disinfectant to clean the doorknob, use a duster to banish those cobwebs, and sweep or vacuum the floor depending on whether you’ve got carpet or hardwood.

#2. THE KITCHEN

Your kitchen will require a little bit more love. First of all, you’ll have to go around collecting all the trash and throwing it in the right bins, then put away all the clutter that you have lying around. Now that you’re faced with a clear space, empty the sink, washing any dishes that may be left inside, and disinfect it. Spray counters and appliances with the all-purpose solution and wipe it away. Microwave a bowl or mug of water in the microwave and add some lemon if you’re feeling fancy for a better smell. After the residue inside has loosened, use a paper towel or a rag to wipe down the inside of your microwave. Throw that away and wash the mug, rising the sink as you do. Wipe down the stove top and clean the kitchen table. Now, you’ve got to take care of the floor. Sweep, vacuum, or mop according to the needs of your floor. Don’t forget to grab a fresh dish towel!

#3. THE BATHROOMS

Start by brushing all the hair and debris from the counter, the vanity, the sink, and all the other surfaces. After they are clear, use some disinfecting solution to spray the surfaces and wipe them down. Scrub the toilet with your toilet brush and some cleaner, then flush and wipe down the surfaces again. Polish mirrors, faucets, and the doorknob, then clean the floor. Finally, take out the trash.

#4. THE LIVING ROOM

This is the area where you are most likely to have a bunch of clutter lying around. Start by putting everything back where it belongs, straightening books and magazines along the way. Grab your microfiber cloth and brush off the dust from your TV screens. Moisten it slightly with some cleaner and wipe down your coffee table, side tables, TV stand, and other horizontal surfaces you may have in the room. Sweep or vacuum the floors, and plump up the pillows.

#5. THE BEDROOMS

This is the area where you are most likely to have a bunch of clutter lying around. Start by putting everything back where it belongs, straightening books and magazines along the way. Grab your microfiber cloth and brush off the dust from your TV screens. Moisten it slightly with some cleaner and wipe down your coffee table, side tables, TV stand, and other horizontal surfaces you may have in the room. Sweep or vacuum the floors, and plump up the pillows.

#6. OTHER EXTRAS

If you’ve got a couple minutes to spare, take out the trash in various rooms and replace the trash bags. Light some nice scented candles or use an air freshener spray to freshen up the smell of your home. You can also start dealing with those baskets full of clutter you stashed away in the storage closet.

WHY WAIT? LET US DO IT FOR YOU.

That’s all there is to it! Although speed cleaning can give you a pretty decent clean in your home, don’t avoid thorough cleanings just because you put in a few speed cleans throughout the week. If you really haven’t got the time to do a thorough clean yourself, consider hiring a professional house cleaning service like Brisbane House Cleaners! We have cleaning experts who can give your house a clean like it’s never had before.

Contact James and Julie from Brisbane House Cleaners on (07) 3423 – 0582 or fill in and submit your details on our quote form.

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