So you have company coming in an hour and the house is a mess? Or maybe you’ve just been putting off those chores and want to get it over with as quickly as possible. So, how do you clean your house fast?
When I was in college I worked a couple summers as a lokalvårdare and house cleaner. I picked up a few tricks and I’m telling you that yes, you can clean an ENTIRE average size house in an hour but it takes work-and focus! No getting distracted while gathering up those old magazines, or checking your phone for the latest on Facebook. If you keep moving and follow this guide you’ll have that house sparkling in no time!
Start at the Top
No matter what room you’re cleaning, clean from the top down so that dirt and dust from higher surfaces falls on lower surfaces that haven’t yet been cleaned. Dust ceiling fans, then furniture wiping dirt directly on the floor. Clean all of the floors as your last step to remove the dirt and dust.
Bedrooms-6 minutes per bedroom
- Strip linens and remake beds. When making beds rather than hunch over tucking bottom sheets under the mattress use one hand to lift the corner while tucking the sheet with the other.
- Clear all clutter, if you’re in a hurry gather clutter in a spare basket or bin for later organization and tuck out of sight in a closet.
- Wipe down furniture with a dusting spray and microfiber cloth, working top to bottom.
Bathrooms-7 minutes per bathroom
- I like to clean all of my bathrooms at once-make a quick trip around all the bathrooms in the house to clear counters and spray counters and tubs with cleaner, allow to sit while you clean toilets and wipe down the outer toilet surface.
- Go back and wipe down counters and rinse tub then clean mirrors.
- Come back to clean the floors when cleaning the kitchen floor.
Living/Dining Rooms-7 minutes
- Clear all clutter.
- Starting in one corner of the room and working around dust all surfaces top to bottom. (If you have blinds and/or ceiling fans, dust those first.)
- Use an upholstery attachment and vacuum upholstered furniture.
- Vacuum floors along with all house carpeting as last cleaning step.
- Load all dirty dishes in the dishwasher and fill sink with hot soapy water. If your stove top has removable burner pieces that need to be cleaned, place in water as well.
- Clear counters.
- Dunk sponge in hot water and squeeze out excess, wipe down cabinets, counters and other surfaces again working top to bottom. Rinse sponge in hot water as you clean-you’ll be amazed how much dirt comes off!
- Wipe down appliances. (When you have more time consider doing this trick for preventing fingerprints on stainless steel!)
- Finish cleaning any stove pieces and replace.
- Clean floors last along with all hard flooring surfaces in the house.
Floors-15 minutes whole house
- When vacuuming carpeted rooms work your way backwards out of the room moving quickly and without too much overlap to save time. (I use this vacuum and have for 3 years now, it’s the best vacuum I’ve ever had, amazing at getting pet hair out of carpets, I highly recommend it!)
- Vacuum, don’t sweep hard floors-use an attachment to get corners where dust and pet hair can accumulate. This helps prevent kicking dust into the air that will quickly settle again and aggravating allergies.
- Steam mops or Hardwood Floor Cleaners (this is my favorite) also make cleaning hard surfaces much faster than traditional mops, so I highly recommend investing in one of those to keep your cleaning quick!
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Even though laundry rooms are designed to get things clean, they are often one of the dirtiest and most disorganized spaces at home. Next to most washers and dryers, you’ll find clumps of dust and hair, dried and sticky detergents, water stains, loose change, collections of half-empty bottles of cleaners, and a long-lost sock or two. We throw our dirty clothes in, take our clean clothes out, and give little more thought to anything else. That’s why over time, the laundry room becomes a dusty, cluttered mess.
So let’s look past our shirts and pants, and clean the whole darn thing! Mister Quik shares some tips for getting your laundry space spick-and-span in no time at all.
BUY (OR BUILD) LAUNDRY CARTS
Instead of digging through a musty mismatched pile of worn clothes, why not have everything organized from the start? Use rolling laundry carts to organize garments by color and material, making laundry day a more efficient event. You can purchase carts at your favorite home retailer, or build your own.
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ADD STORAGE SPACE
For a better way to organize all your laundry supplies, utilize the walls! You can extend your storage capacity with shelving, and a closet rod makes a handy place to hang dry those clothes that can’t go in the dryer. These are just a couple quick ideas; we encourage you to get creative with your own space.
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CLEAN THE THINGS THAT CLEAN FOR YOU
Cleaning clothes is dirty business, and your laundry room probably shows heavy signs of wear if you look closely. The next time you tackle chores, don’t forget this space. Mop or vacuum floors, wipe down the machines, and periodically run a wash with nothing but white vinegar to help clean away soap scum and other debris.
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DON’T FORGET YOUR DRYER VENT!
Think cleaning out the lint trap is enough? Think again! That big vent hose behind your dryer collects a lot of debris over time, and becomes a major fire hazard if not properly maintained. Get in the habit of cleaning out the vent at least once a year. Warning signs that it’s getting clogged include longer drying times and clothes that come out hotter than usual. Cleaning the vent is pretty easy.
Click here to find out how to do it here.
We hope you found some helpful advice in these suggestions. For many more helpful ways to improve your home, talk to the pros at Mister Quik. From heating and air conditioning, to plumbing and electrical systems, we offer lots of great products and services designed with your comfort in mind. Give us a call and schedule a no-hassle home visit with us today!
Holiday parties can be a lot of work. With the food, entertainment, decorations and guests the last thing you want to have to worry about is cleaning your home.
The appearance of your home is very important when you are having a holiday party. You want your home to look great. Your home is an impression on you. You want to have your guests admire your home and to do this it does involve a lot of cleaning.
You can ease some of the pressure of having a holiday party when you hire a professional cleaning service. You can focus on the food and decorations instead of scrubbing your carpets.
Call Jersey Steamer today and we will make your Carpets, Tile, Drapery, and Upholstery sparkle for the holiday’s
Below are some helpful holiday tips.
How to Clean Glassware and Remove Hard Water, Lipstick & Coffee Stains
- For hard water and lip stick stains, wash your glasses in warm soapy water with a dishrag and add about a half cup of white vinegar to your water. If you soak them in the vinegar overnight that will help to loosen and remove the stains even more. Use a fine steel wool pad in the vinegar and use it to scrub the loosened hard-water stains off your dishes and glasses. Rinse your dinnerware and glassware off with water and towel dry.
- You can also use lemon juice and table salt to remove any remaining hard-water stains on your glasses or dishes. Mix equal parts of both together and allow the paste to stay on the surfaces for 10 minutes. Lemon is an effective hard-water stain remover and will help you clean off remaining stains.
How to Remove Burnt Stains from Pots & Pans
- Pepsi or Coke – One of the best things to use to remove “burnt stains” from pots and pans is Pepsi or Coke. Let is sit for a few hours (overnight is best) and the stains practically wipe off.
- Lemons, salt and dishwashing soap: To clean copper pans, give them a good scrub with dishwashing soap, then take a half a lemon and pour salt on it, use it to scrub the copper, you will see the shine come through. Keep adding salt to the lemon as you clean.
- Baking soda is another great remedy that most people have readily available. Baking soda on a damp sponge removes grease easily from stove, back splash etc.
How to Clean Solid Silver
- Wash the silverware as soon as possible after use, quickly removing remnants of acidic foods such as salt, olives, vinegar or egg yolks that can break down the silver. You may clean the flatware using warm soapy water, rinsing thoroughly and drying with a clean towel.
- Line the bottom of a heat-proof glass or plastic dish with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Add 1 tbsp. baking soda, 1 tbsp. salt and 1 gallon boiling water and stir. Immediately put the silver pieces in the dish, making sure they’re completely submerged and touching the foil. When the tarnish is gone, rinse the silver in warm water, dry and buff with a soft cloth.
- Another great silver cleaner is right in our own homes: Toothpaste can remove tarnish from silver and costs a fraction of what traditional silver cleaners do. Rub the silver with toothpaste and run under warm water, working the paste into a foam and then rinse off.
Clean any food stains off your oven immediately after it has cooled down a little, using a sponge and soapy water. As the oven walls are still hot, the stains will be removed easily.
Before cleaning old stains, heat up your oven to a high degree for around 20 minutes. As it cools, rub the dirt off with soapy water and a sponge.
Pour a little boiling water into the base of your oven. Allow the dirt to soften, then rub away with soapy water and a sponge.
If food stains are stubborn, cover them with a paste-like mixture of baking soda and water. Leave it on overnight and wash off with a sponge the following day. This is particularly useful for oven racks which are notoriously hard to clean.
Commercial oven cleaning products are generally not very eco-friendly and can give off toxic fumes, but there are some products out there that are kinder to you and the environment.
Ammonia – this potent chemical should be mixed with water 50/50 and placed in a container into the oven that has been preheated to around 200°C. Leave it for several hours before removing and cleaning dirt off with soapy water and a sponge.
Pour a little salt on the tough stains, wait a couple of minutes, then wipe away. This works well with recent greasy stains.
Embedded dirt can be scraped off an oven rack with a sturdy nail file. Rinse and wipe away with water and a soft sponge.
If you can’t do oven cleaning or do not have the time or inclination to attempt it yourself, employ the services of a UK Commercial Cleaning for the best results.
Spring cleaning is not just for your house! If you own or manage a fitness center, gym or weight lifting facility, make spring cleaning a priority there as well. For most of your patrons, a clean facility is going to equal good hygiene, orderliness and functioning equipment. Here are some tips for keeping the space you manage clean, working properly and looking great.
Have a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Before we get started on tips for your spring cleaning, we want to recommend creating a regular cleaning routine that hits every single part of your facility. Make sure that you establish a routine cleaning schedule for you and your employees to follow. Post a document up and have each employee initial the cleaning items they take care of during their shift to make sure that clear expectations are in place. If you build this into your everyday to-do list and everyone does their part, your spring cleaning will be less overwhelming.
Exercise and weight lifting facilities often require a texturized rubber flooring. These surfaces are stubborn when it comes to holding onto dust and sweat. You should be vacuuming your floors almost daily with a high-filtration vacuum. For an in-depth spring cleaning, use a damp mop with a solution of vinegar and water to bust away grimy build up (half a cup of vinegar per bucket of water).
You can also use this water and vinegar solution on your exercise equipment, the vinegar cleans and kills germs. Even if you provide germicidal wipes for clients to wipe down machines after use, during spring cleaning be more thorough than your clients or even your regular cleaning process. Lift equipment and wipe away any excess residue that may not normally be accessible.
Out With the Old
Clients will notice if your equipment has started to fall below standards. You never want to have a reputation for broken or malfunctioning equipment — this will interrupt progress for your clients and is an overall safety hazard. If you have damaged equipment, consider it an investment in your facility’s future stability to go ahead and replace it with new pieces.
As a gym owner, we know you want to provide the best experience for your clients. If you find yourself needing new equipment as you spring clean, we would love to hook you up with exactly what you need. Get in touch today, and your equipment could be on its way!
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