“Work smarter, not harder,” or so they say. Cleaning is a chore whereby many of us want the reward but dread doing the work to achieve it. Luckily, there are a few ways to make cleaning more efficient and less time-consuming. Here are a few tips for the home:
- Clean the Entire House Rather Than Room by Room
Perhaps one reason why so many people dislike cleaning their home is that it can feel repetitive. That’s true if you are in the habit of dusting, vacuuming, and mopping each room individually since you’re repeating the same cycle over and over until the whole house is done.
Instead, try performing all of the dusting in each room, followed by vacuuming the whole house, and finally mopping and deep cleaning. Not only will this make the job faster by reducing the need to put down and pick up different equipment, but it will also feel less repetitive since you are completing a thorough clean of the entire house gradually rather than going room by room.
- Keep All Products and Equipment Organised
You likely wouldn’t expect to see a hotel housekeeper individually taking disinfectant or cleaning products from the cleaner’s closet to each room. Although you don’t need to have a caddy that’s as well-equipped as theirs, it’s a good idea to keep all of your cleaning products organised in a small handheld caddy or in a basket to reduce clutter and to ensure that you have everything you need with you whilst cleaning.
- Disinfect Toilets, Showers/Bathtubs, Sinks First
One little trick that housekeepers often do to cut down on the time it takes to turn around a clean hotel room is to immediately spray disinfectant on all showers, sinks, and toilets so that the cleaning agent has time to do its work. These powerful chemicals can take a few minutes to do their work, so you can do all of this and then continue with the rest of the clean before coming back to clean and wipe down these areas later.
Do try to avoid working directly in the bathroom while the chemical is working and instead focus on cleaning the other rooms. These cleaning products are often powerful and you shouldn’t expose yourself to breathing them in on a regular basis.
- Clean Your Cleaning Supplies
Most of us are so concerned about cleaning the house that we often forget to clean the very tools that keep the home clean in the first place. Mop heads, brushes, and microfibre towels gather lots of dust and debris as they’re used, so it only makes sense that any clutter should be removed regularly to keep them working as intended. Keeping these clean will result in better quality cleaning and less repetition, thus saving you time and energy.
- Work as a Team
Household cleaning chores are a good way to teach young ones about responsibility, but it’s often much easier said than done. By incentivising children or other family members to participate in cleaning, you’ll naturally save time yourself and the task of cleaning won’t seem as daunting. Consider having some ground rules for a job well done, however; many people consider passing a vacuum head over once or twice to be a thorough cleaning job. Show them how it’s done properly the first time and explain why a shoddy job can lead to dust, mould, and bacteria.
Everyone surely wants to save time and energy cleaning their office and would rather be doing something more productive or engaging. When you lack the time or would simply rather defer your cleaning tasks to a cleaner that understands the professional aspects of cleaning, look no further than Integral Cleaning. Enquire with us to learn more about our services and how we can help your office stay clean and healthy.