Cleaning a home is a chore that most proud homeowners do regularly, but are often short of time in their otherwise busy schedule of looking after a home and a career. They love to have a clean home but are always looking to save time, so here is some tips on how to clean your house fast.
Step 1: Declutter for Instant Tidiness
Start your house cleaning with first going through each room and picking up all the clutter, that can include books, newspapers, used cups and plates, clothes and other knickknacks that you and other members of the family have strewn around. Just decluttering your home at one go, will immediately make your home look that much tidier, even though you have not started the real job of cleaning it.
Remember to always clean any room that you are cleaning, to start from the top and higher levels so that any dirt or dust that you clear up falls to lower surfaces which you still have to clean. So start with ceiling fans, furniture, and then the floor. The floor should always be the last surface that you clean, and once this is done that room is cleaned and presentable.
Step 2: Dust from Top to Bottom
Your cleaning of the house will probably require dusting, vacuuming and mopping, and you can save time if you complete each of these activities in all rooms of the house before you take up the next task, even though this may mean that you have to move around that much more. Make sure that you are carrying all the necessary tools or gadgets with you when you start any particular task.
Make sure that any fans that are on are switched off before you start the first task of dusting your home. Dust the tops of furniture, the underside of shelves, picture frames, and any knickknacks that adorn your shelves, the television and other equipment. Use a microfiber cloth tied to a broom to reach things at a higher level. If you think your sheets in a bedroom need changing, do so before you start the dusting, as if you do so later, the dust on them may get back on to your cleaned floor.
During dusting, it may also be wise to clean mirrors and window or door glass at the same time. work your way around every room systematically, so that you never overlook any part or the things in it that need to be cleaned. During dusting, it may not be a bad idea to disinfect some surfaces that are constantly touched, by wiping down surfaces with a damp cloth dipped in some disinfection solution.
Step 3: Turn on the Vacuum
Now that the whole house has been dusted, start your vacuum cleaner and go over the floors in each room. If you do not have a vacuum cleaner, start sweeping the floors, and again do so systematically, so that every area is covered, and the dust is gathered in front of you. Once this accumulates to some degree, gather it in a dustpan, and clear the dustpan into a dustbin. If you are using a vacuum cleaner, vacuum all the carpets and rugs, and the upholstery if needed, before you do the floors.
Step 4: Mop Up the Floors
Your next task is mopping up the floors. Again, it is important to do this systematically, from the corner farthest to the door of each room, and move back towards the door. Make sure that the mop is not too wet and dripping. Also, rinse the mop at regular intervals so that dirt and dust are removed from it before you move on to a newer area. It may also not be a bad idea to replace the water in your bucket after you have cleaned each room.
Step 5: Have Family Members Help
Doing each task throughout the home should not take you too long, and if you feel tired or bored, it may not be a bad idea to take a small break after every task is completed, so that you feel rested and ready to tackle the next.
For a house that is occupied by a standard family of a couple and two kids, every task should not take you more than a quarter of an hour, with probably vacuuming taking that much more time, as it involves moving equipment around. Make sure that you carry around all the needed tools for each task with you so that you do not have to waste time getting them.
If you are lucky enough to have other able-bodied members in your home, who are willing to help you in the cleaning, you can assign them different tasks or different rooms, depending on your convenience. This can greatly reduce the time required to clean the house and have it all done quickly, and with the same results. Separating the tasks may be a better alternative, otherwise, you may find yourself having to find extra cleaning tools. Working together can be quite fun and add to the bonding in the family.
Bathrooms and kitchens may often require extra time and effort. This is because you may also require to clean toilets, tubs, sinks, countertops and others. It can even be a good idea to clean all the other rooms of the house first before you get around to cleaning bathrooms and kitchen. Make sure that you have all your cleaning supplies before you start the fast cleaning of your home, and lay them out at one place so that they are ready for use.
Cleaning a house fast is often needed when you are getting ready to host a gathering of family and friends, and if you can do this within an hour, it should leave you sufficient time to get round to doing the other things that need to be done by you as the host. There is no hard and fast rule that you have to follow the steps listed above. Follow a rhythm of working, and decide on the plan that suits you best, and clean up all your cleaning tools, once you are finished.
Now that your house is clean, you can treat yourself to a snack and a cup of coffee to get over the tiredness.