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Slash Your Cleaning Time in Half: Efficiency Hacks from the Masters

Slash Your Cleaning Time in Half: Efficiency Hacks from the Masters

Can you imagine what it would be like to have super speed like The Flash? Zooming through a 5-bedroom house, giving it the deepest clean of its life in 10 minutes — and then, bam, cha-ching!

Ah, if only wishes were horses, dear friend.

While we can’t promise you The Flash level speeds today, what we can promise is good cleaning advice.

We’ve asked several cleaning professionals for their

        • secret productivity cleaning hacks;
        • the power of investing in the right tools and the wonders they can do for your cleaning efficiency; and
        • how long it should take you to clean different homes.

Now, let’s hit the ground cleaning.

male cleaner with a spray bottle and microfiber towel

1. The Art of Fast and Thorough Bathroom Cleaning

Cleaning Time: 20 minutes

Tools Needed: Duster, vacuum, microfiber glass cloth, dish soap, vinegar, water, all-purpose microfiber cloth.

Difficulty: Easy

Cleaning bathrooms is not the most fun experience, so getting it out of the way as fast as possible is more than ideal.

Sergio from Edge Cleaning has been deep cleaning homes for 9 years now, so it’s safe to say he’s seen his fair share of bathrooms.

After years of trial and error, he developed a foolproof system that ensures he covers all bathroom surfaces efficiently and quickly.

Apply Toilet Cleaner

The first order of business is to apply toilet cleaner to your bowl. Let it work its magic as you focus on the rest of the bathroom. By the time you’re done, it will have done all the heavy lifting for you. (30 seconds)

Dust the Walls and Light Fixtures

Start by dusting the bathroom and ridding it of any cobwebs and lingering dust for two minutes. This is a relatively easy task especially if you’re using a duster with an extension pole.

Quickly Run a Vacuum Over Your Floors

Next, suck up all the hair, debris, and dust mites on your floors or carpet using a vacuum for one minute.

Bathrooms don’t take up too much real estate so you won’t have to overexert yourself. Yayyy!

Scrub the Sink and Bathtub

For the sink and bathtub, we recommend filling a dishwand with equal parts water, dish soap, and vinegar.

Scrub each for five minutes and watch as the soap scum melts away from your sink and tub in no time.

Wash the Windows, Mirrors, and Shower Glass

Eco-friendly cleaners go nuts for microfiber glass cleaning cloths because they leave spotless, streak-free mirrors with just water. Take a note from their book and zoom through your windows in less than 2 minutes.

Scrub Your Toilet and Flush

Lastly, scrub your toilet bowl for one minute and flush it. Spritz the dish soap solution from earlier onto the rest of the toilet and wipe clean using a paper towel or a microfiber cloth. (Two minutes)

Expert Tip: Apply some shaving cream to prevent your mirrors from getting foggy. The cream forms a thin layer that protects your mirrors from condensation. A little goes a long way.

2. Quick Tricks To Get Your Bedroom Clean and Organized

Cleaning Time: 25 minutes

Tools Needed: Vacuum, microfiber cloth, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags, hamper.

Difficulty: Easy

Bedrooms receive the least amount of traffic in the home.

Add that to the fact that people tend to keep these personal spaces clean on top for their sanity, and you have a relatively easy clean. Here's how Sergio gets bedrooms done quickly.

Organize Your Clothes

First things first, collect all the clothes that are lying around the space. Place the dirty ones in the hamper and the clean ones on the bed.

To save time, don’t worry about turning the clothes right side out, you can do this after they come out of the wash.

Next, take some time to fold and hang up the clean clothes. It shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to hang up blouses and jackets in the closet.

If you want to make it easier for you and your client to choose outfits, ensure that all the clothes are facing the same direction.

Strip Your Bedding

Carry the hamper over to the bed and take out your comforters, sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases.

By placing them on top of the hamper, you’re ensuring they get the first wash. After they’re done, you can use them to make the bed as the other clothes are running.

Pick Up the Trash and Wipe Down Surfaces

Next, pick up any trash lingering on surfaces around the room. Grab the clothing tags, late-night snack bags, tissues, and any discarded boxes and place them in a trash bag.

When all the trash is collected, spray all-purpose cleaner on the dressers, nightstands, desks, and vanities and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth.

Decluttering frees up space for you to clean and tidy up these surfaces easily and quickly.

Vacuum the Floors

Lastly, vacuum the room as you walk backward. This ensures that you don’t miss any spots or walk over cleaned floors with nasty shoes.

cleaner tidying pillows on a sofa

3. Living Room Clean-Up in a Flash

Cleaning Time: 45 minutes

Tools Needed: Microfiber duster, laundry basket, microfiber glass cloth, trash bag, vacuum cleaner, microfiber cloth

Difficulty: Hard

Cleaning living rooms can be challenging because:

      • It’s the one room in the house that receives the most foot traffic
      • It’s where pets spend most of their time and take naps
      • It’s easy for clutter to accumulate from the use of books, toys, magazines, dishes, and blankets

It’s going to take a little more effort and time to get this space cleaned up, especially if it’s a big house with a lot of pets and kids.

But, it’s doable. Here’s the thorough and fast living room cleaning system used by Florie Malapit, a cleaning expert from Sparkle and Shine.

Pick Up Any Stray Garbage

Start by collecting all the trash in the room. Pick up any wrappers, torn envelopes, tissues, stray Cheetos, and anything that needs to be disposed of.

 You must take care not to throw away anything valuable. When in doubt, ask your client or keep it safe and leave the decision up to them.

Declutter and Dust the Space

 Next, use a laundry basket to get rid of the clutter. Collect the following items and don’t worry about arranging them right now:

        • Books
        • Magazines
        • Video games
        • Controllers
        • Toys

 Moving on, it’s time to dust the room. Start from the top and work your way from the left side of the room to the right. This ensures that you don’t miss anything.

 The thing with dusting is if you use the wrong tool, you’re going to push dust and debris onto other surfaces in your home, doubling your cleaning time.

If you want to save time, opt for an extendable microfiber duster that attracts and holds onto dust and dirt.

Clean the Windows and Glass Surfaces

Now, it’s time to focus on the windows and glass surfaces. Contrary to popular belief on Cleantok, you don’t need to use expensive glass cleaning chemicals.

In fact, it’s easy to achieve streak and lint-free windows with just water and a microfiber glass cloth.

Moreover, not having to go over your windows multiple times saves you copious amounts of time.

All you have to do is spritz some water on the glass, wipe it down using a figure-eight motion, and carry on with your day.

Decrumb the Couch

Afterward, focus on the most notorious crumb and dirt holder in the house: the couch.

Using a microfiber cloth, preferably waffle weave, wipe the couch using a back-and-forth motion to get rid of crumbs, debris, and germs.

Don’t be shy.

Make sure you get into the crevices and folds and push the debris onto the floor.

Vacuum the Floors and Tidy Up

Then you’re going to suck up all the dust and debris on your floors and carpets using a vacuum cleaner and mop your floors.

Lastly, empty the laundry basket you used to declutter by putting everything back in their sparkling clean, rightful places.

Freshness Tip: Put scented tumble dryer sheets inside your throw pillows and the sides of your couch to keep them smelling fresh and clean.

person with yellow gloves on cleaning a glass stovetop

4. Accelerating Your Kitchen Refresh

Cleaning Time: 10 minutes (30 minutes for product setting time)

Tools Needed: Paper towels, degreaser, razor blade

Difficulty: Easy

Cleaning the kitchen is one of the most expensive and time-consuming cleaning tasks out there. Here's how Florie tackles the tedious problems fast, so it takes her less time to handle the rest.

Cleaning Rings Off of Glass Top Stoves

Instead of spending too much time and elbow grease trying to scrub these out, use a razor blade scraper. It’s scratch-proof and removes caked-on grime on your stove in seconds.

Handling Greasy Ovens

Ovens may be the hardest appliance to clean in the world. Okay, that’s a bit exaggerated, but we know you lowkey relate. Thankfully, the folks down at Diversey came up with the perfect solution: Break-Up Professional Oven & Grill Cleaner.

Spray this heavy-duty cleaner evenly inside your oven, let it sit for 30 minutes to two hours, and prepare to have your mind blown. With one swipe of a paper towel, the grease will lift right off, even on the oven glass!

Managing Greasy Cabinets

Cabinets are notorious for accumulating grease and grime from cooking. By taking the time to wipe them down, you’ll make your kitchen look ten times cleaner.

Luckily, you only need to spray Break Up degreaser on your cabinets and let it sit for 0 minutes. The grease will literally melt off the cabinets. It’s oddly satisfying.

A Faster Path to a Cleaner Home

Since 1946, Microfiber Wholesale has been committed to bringing our customers the best of everything. Quite frankly, that’s the main reason we’re still in business 78 years later.

We have been curating articles like these for years with one goal in mind: To equip professional cleaners like you with the superpower to deep clean faster.

Plus, it’s tons of fun!

If you would like to check out some more articles filled with helpful cleaning hacks and tips from professional cleaners, visit our blog today.

“The kit contains all the things needed for home cleaning. The price was more than reasonable. It’s amazing how efficient cleaning can be when you’re using truly professional tools.” - Mary Biagioli, Verified Buyer

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