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Three Steps To Efficient Cleaning
A lot of professional cleaners and cleaning companies feel that cleaning speed is vital to the success of their business, and to an extent, that’s true. The largest cost for any cleaning company is labor, so cleaning too slowly can definitely hurt a company’s bottom line. Unfortunately speed is only half the equation; it means nothing without quality. Cleaning quickly while maintaining the highest degree of quality is the key. It’s called efficiency.
As important as efficiency is to cleaning professionals, it should be just as important to homeowners. After all, who want’s to spend three hours cleaning the house when it should only take two? If you want to get more done, in less time, just follow these three simple steps:
- Clean top to bottom
- Clean left to right
- Clean back to front
Top to Bottom
When cleaning a room it is important that you start at the top, that way, if any dust/debris falls, it will settle on lower surfaces and can be cleaned as you work your way down. Starting at the bottom and working up will cause you to have to clean the same surface more than once. That’s what you want to avoid. Vacuuming/sweeping/mopping should always be done last.
Left to Right
If you picture each room from a topographical viewpoint, you should be cleaning it in a clockwise fashion-from left to right. After you’ve picked up any clutter, start your general cleaning by entering the door and turning to your left. Remember to work from top to bottom and start making your way around the room. The advantage to cleaning the same direction each time is that you avoid retracing your steps or forgetting where you left off. You can typically save yourself several minutes in each room by sticking with a consistent rotation. A typical home has between seven and twelve rooms, so a few minutes here and there can really add up.
Front to Back
Don’t paint yourself into a corner. Even though we’re always trying to trap dirt and dust as we clean, tiny particles can get dragged along surfaces, especially floors during the cleaning process. Furthermore, we track dirt and oils on our feet as we walk, so we want to minimize the number of times we have to walk across our freshly cleaned floors while cleaning. Don’t start at the entryway and work your way into the back into the darkest recesses of your master bedroom closet. Instead start vacuuming or sweeping in the back corners and move toward your main traffic areas/exits.
It sounds simple enough, but following these three simple steps will help you save time and energy. Of course, if you really want to save yourself some time, call your local cleaning professional. That’s what we’re here for.