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Cleaning the house is a daily work for all of us. Has anyone been struggling with cleaning your house? And you don’t know how to manage your time for cleaning? Don’t worry. Let BestLifeTips show you how to clean your house fast and effectively in this article.
What order to clean your house?
When you clean your house, do you randomly clean in one room and then move to the next one? If you do, you’re not alone. Many people also do like that.
However, it’s important to have a plan for cleaning. It saves your time and energy. Just think of a cleaning plan first, then stick to it and get it.
Everyone is different and has different priorities. When you clean your house, you need to consider what is important to you and how much time you have to do it.
So what order to clean your house?
1. Clean places that require chemical to soak in first
Maybe you can start by stacking and running the dishwasher, spray oven cleaner in your oven, start a load of laundry, or pour bleach into your toilet. You can change to clean other places while waiting for this work. It makes cleaning easier when you get back to these parts of your house.
2. Clean from the top down
There’s nothing worse than cleaning something and then having to clean it again. When you dust your house, the dust will fall and settle on tables, bench-tops, and the floor. If you do this last, you’ll have to re-clean these surfaces after you’ve dusted. It’s just a waste of time!
Similarly, it seems more reasonable to clean the top floor first and then the bottom floor. If you clean the top floor last, you’re going to have a dirty bottom floor again.
3. Clean after tidying
Tidy your rooms and put things away first so that cleaning is much easier for you. This is important for cleaning your kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. You should have a place to put all your stuffs on. It’s very convenient for you when cleaning or finding stuffs.
4. Clean the west area first
Bathrooms and kitchens are known as wet areas. These often take the most time to clean.
Once you’ve done step 1 and 3, dust everything and then get down to work in your bathrooms and kitchen. The cleaning solutions would have had time to soak in, so your job should be easier.
5. Clean the floor last
This is probably the easiest part of your chore. All the dust would have settled by now. That will make it easier to mop and vacuum it up. Work from top to bottom so gravity is on your side.
Vacuum all floors first before you mop to make sure any bigger pieces of dirt don’t get stuck in your mop. And use a disinfectant in your mopping water to keep your home hygienic.
How to clean a house professionally?
You can clean your house like a pro with bellow cleaning tips.
- Keep your cleaning tools where you intend to use them.
- Simplify your products.
- Stock up on rubber gloves and microfiber cloths.
- Turn on the music while cleaning.
- Plan ahead to mitigate dust.
- Give yourself a goal.
- Follow a cleaning plan.
- Don’t forget to clean showers and bathtubs.
- Don’t get bogged down with picking up clutter.
- Start with the worst thing in the room.
- Keep your pets brushed.
- Clean and finish so everything sparkles.
- Clean the kitchen every day.
- Don’t get overwhelmed.
How to clean your house fast in an hour?
Imagine you’re about to have a guest and you want to clean your house as fast as possible, like in an hour. What should you do?
First, you need:
- Turn on your favorite music. This keeps you motivated and undisturbed. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes you can bend, stretch and reach in.
- Grab your cleaning toolkit and move with it room to room, cleaning as you go. Start upstairs if your home is over two floors and work your way down. If on one floor, work your way forward from the back of the house.
1. Clean the living room (about 15 mins)
- Clear clutter by collecting into a basket and leaving at the door to distribute to their rightful places later.
- Dust everything using a dry microfiber cloth or damp lint-free cloth and move around the entire room in a circular motion. Work swiftly through all surfaces top to bottom, including window frames, sills and skirting boards. Dust straight onto the floor.
- Then vacuum in the same direction as you dusted, vacuum the entire room, under and around furniture, opening cupboard doors.
2. Clean the kitchen (about 12 mins)
- Clear the bench tops and load everything possible into the dishwasher and set to run. Fill the sink with hot water and dishwashing detergent, add anything for handwashing as you go.
- Working from top to bottom using a natural spray to wipe down bench tops, lifting and wiping items as you go for a spotless finish. Wipe down appliances and cupboard fronts as you move around the kitchen.
- Run a bucket of water with floor cleaner in the laundry tub.
- Sweep the floor from one corner, working your way outwards.
- Return with mop and bucket to give the floor a quick and thorough mop, working in the same direction.
3. Clean the bedrooms (about 10 mins per bedroom)
- Clear clutter, strip bed sheets and pile outside door with waste basket for later laundry and throwing into the rubbish bin.
- Dust everything same as dusting the living room.
- Make the bed and vacuum the floor.
4. Clean the bathroom (about 10 mins)
Clean from top to bottom:
- Spray the shower recess with your cleaner and let it sit while you tackle other areas.
- Flip the lid on the loo and give it a quick swish with the toilet brush, followed by toilet cleaner, then let it sit while you carry on elsewhere.
- Sweep or vacuum floor with a hand-held or upright vacuum cleaner.
- Lightly spray sink and surfaces with your all-purpose cleaner and wipe down, including vanity accessories and toothbrush holders. Use your old cleaning toothbrush on tricky areas, around taps and drain holes.
- Clean mirror.
- Clean the bathroom with a gentle cleanser and wipe clean.
- Revisit toilet with a good scrub, flush and wipe over, under and around seat, pedestal, cistern and surrounding floor.
- Fill the bucket with floor cleaner and hot water.
- Return to shower and wipe down walls, tap ware and floor. Rinse clean and squeegee everything for a dripless finish.
- Mop the floor.
5. Clean the hallway
- Dust picture frames, architraves and skirting boards.
- Dust or wipe surfaces and decorative objects.
- Collect waste and bed sheets from doorways of other rooms and remove to laundry and rubbish bin.
- Return to hallway and vacuum.
- Return items to their correct place.
Then enjoy your clean house after cleaning!
How to clean your house fast in 2 hours?
This is a very useful checklist with timings that will help you get your house sparkling clean when you have two hours to do the job.
1. Tidy up (about 40 mins)
This is the biggest amount of time as it involves every single room in the house.
When tidying up, remember to do the following:
- Pick up all toys and clutter.
- Put away dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
- Make beds.
- Tidy and file paperwork.
- Organise books, magazines, ditch the ones you have finished with and put the rest in a neat pile close to where you usually read them.
- Put children’s artwork in a storage box.
- Pick up rubbish and empty bins.
2. Clean kitchen (about 10 mins)
Once the tidying of the whole house is done, wiping down the kitchen surfaces, including your dining table, should be super quick as the surfaces are clear.
3. Dust (about 20 mins)
Get a dusting spray and a dusting cloth, then get to work.
You should dust the rooms along the clockwise like you did with tidying so that you go over each surface methodically.
4. Clean bathrooms (about 20 mins)
It depends on how many bathrooms you have as to how long this task could take you.
For 2 bathrooms and 1 toilet, you can easily clean them within 20 minutes.
- Start by clearing away toothbrushes and other bits you keep on your sinks, then spray your bathroom cleaner in every sink, shower and bath.
- Now go back to the start with a damp cloth or sponge and clean by wiping in a circular motion.
- With a dry microfiber cleaning cloth, you can then dry and buff your taps and shower heads.
5. Clear mirrors (about 5 mins)
The fastest way to clean your mirrors is by squirting a little Astonish window and glass cleaner on them and wiping with a dry glass cleaning cloth.
If you have lots of mirrors, you may need two cloths as they get damp after a couple of mirrors. They need to be dry in order to leave a streak-free finish.
6. Vacuum (about 10 mins)
Remember to vacuum rugs and the front and back door mats too.
To be more efficient in getting dust out of your carpets, first vacuum in one direction across the entire carpet. Then change the angle by 90° and vacuum that way so you are criss-crossing the floor. This will help to get your carpets really clean.
7. Mop floors (about 10 mins)
Using a steam mop which makes mopping floors really easy. What’s great about a steam mop as well is that it dries pretty quickly compared to using a mop and bucket.
How to clean your house fast in one day?
It’s totally possible to get the whole house clean within one day. We’ll take less time for cleaning if we have a clear cleaning plan.
- Pick a day to clean when you won’t be interrupted by other demands and try to clean on the same day each week. Scheduling a day to clean makes it a routine.
- Getting organized first makes it easier to get your house cleaned in one day. Keep it simple is the best solution.
- Put dirty clothes into a hamper so the washer is free to wash sheets and towels.
- Stick with cleaning one room at a time. Target the bathroom, then the kitchen and then the vacuum comes out for the bedrooms and living spaces.
- If you have over one bathroom, it makes sense to clean both at the same time. Cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink in a caddy makes it easy to carry from one sink to the other.
1. Clean the bathrooms (about 1-2 hours)
- Clear toiletries, shampoos or gels from the tub, sink.
- Squirt cleaner onto sink.
- Spray tub and shower with cleaner.
- Spray toilet surfaces with disinfecting cleaner, bowl with toilet bowl cleaner.
- Scrub the tub/shower, sink and taps with a sponge.
- Wipe down toilet surfaces with paper towel.
- Scrub toilet bowl with a toilet brush.
- Throw your scummy shower curtain and tub mat in the wash.
- Sweep, vacuum and mop floors all around fixtures and bath.
- Empty wastebaskets.
- Hold up clean towels, curtain and mats.
2. Clean the kitchen (about 1.5 hours)
- Move everything off the counter.
- Squirt cleaner over counter-tops and stove top.
- Use a sponge to wipe down and clean around sink, countertops and appliance fronts.
- Wipe down cabinets with a mixture of white vinegar and water and a damp rag or sponge.
- Wipe handles and knobs.
- Clean the top of oven or stove to get rid of grease and spills.
- Wipe down appliances on counters.
- Put a bowl of hot water in microwave for 2 minutes. Wipe down inside.
- Sweep, vacuum and wet mop floors.
3. Clean the bedrooms (about 1-2.5 hours)
- Take a light duster or rag and wipe over furniture, lampshades and window sills.
- Take sheets out of the washer/dryer.
- Make the bed.
- Clean the mirrors and glass.
- Sweep or vacuum floors including under the bed.
- Use vacuum cleaner attachment to lightly remove dust from curtains, blinds.
4. Clean the living room (about 1 hour)
- Dust furniture with allergen attracting polish using a rag or old t-shirt.
- Pick up and move things around to dust all surfaces.
- Use handheld attachment to vacuum chairs and sofas including under the cushions.
- Vacuum floors or sweep and dry mop.
- Vacuum or dust window sills.
5. Clean home office (about 3 hours)
- Dust furniture with allergen attracting polish on a rag or old t-shirt.
- Pick up and move things around to dust.
- Use an antibacterial wipe to clean keyboards and mouse.
- Spray Widex or vinegar mix on cloth and lightly wipe screens.
- Vacuum floors or sweep and dry mop.
- Vacuum or dust window sills and blinds.
6. Other chores
- Clean up your favorite healthy house plants by sweeping up any dead leaves or spilled soil.
- Shake and flip beds and put outside to air.
- Sweep and mop laundry room floor. Clean out washer and dryer lint filters.
- Use anti-bacterial cleaner on doorknobs and handles.
How to clean your house fast from top to bottom?
Regular dusting of different household surfaces prevents the dust build-up, but it is not enough to eradicate the dirt and germs. Therefore, you need a thorough cleaning of the house.
1. Clean the top zone
When you clean the house, this area gets overlooked because all the spots in this zone are hard-to-reach.
- Remove cobwebs: Get rid of the cobwebs from the ceiling corners. Use a long-handled broom or a vacuum cleaner with extension suction tube.
- Clean ceiling fans: To remove the dust from fan blades, use a stepladder and a microfiber duster. Wipe both the sides of the blades.
- Wipe the light fittings: After the ceiling fans, clean the light fittings of all the rooms. To remove stubborn dirt, wipe with a wet rag.
- Top of the cabinets: Wipe the dust on top of the bedroom cabinets while use liquid soap and sponge to remove sticky dirt from the top of kitchen cabinets.
2. Clean the middle zone
- Clean the picture frames and mirror: Spray all-purpose cleaner on the surface of the mirror, picture frames and then wipe with a dry cloth.
- Rinse windows: First, remove the dust from the window surface. Then spray vinegar-water solution and scrub with a sponge. Finally, clean it with a squeegee.
- Window blinds and curtains: Remove dust from the window blinds. Then use an old pair of socks to clean all the slats one by one. Also, wash all the curtains.
- Bathroom tile grout: Clean the grout with an old toothbrush and baking soda. Then rinse it thoroughly.
3. Clean the lower zone
- Toilet: Use a toilet cleaner to remove the stains.
- Bathtub and sink: Properly scrub the bathtub and sink surface with liquid soap and then rinse.
- Countertop and kitchen appliances: Wipe the countertop and remove all the stains. Also clean the appliances, particularly the oven.
- Upholstery: Vacuum your upholstery and remove the stains. Do not use any abrasive scrubber than it can cause damage.
- Tables: Whether it is a centre table in the living room, dining table or study table, clean all the tables and other similar surfaces with your all-purpose cleaner.
4. Clean the bottom zone
- Clean the baseboard: Wipe off the baseboards of all the rooms with a wet cloth. Remove stains with liquid soap and a sponge.
- Vacuum carpets: Vacuum the carpets to remove dust mites, dirt, pet hair, food particles, etc. Also, get rid of the stains.
- Sweep and mop the floor: Sweep the floor of the entire house with a broom. Then get rid of the food and other stains and finally, mop the floor.
In conclusion, depending on how much time you want to spend on cleaning the house, you need to have plan before cleaning. That helps you save time and energy. The best way to make it easy for you while cleaning is that make it simple. Try to clean your house every day, don’t put too much things on the tables, bench tops or other surfaces. And don’t forget to turn up the music to get motivated.
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